ABC revived this Sunday night Supermarket Sweep, host of SNL veterinarian Leslie Jones. Did the latest version of the popular game program call your registry?
In line with at least the latest versions of the show (I do not remember to far back, children), Supermarket Swayyyyyyyp! takes three teams of two participants, asks them for quizzes / challenges that deal with grocery themes, through which they can add seconds to their “clock” and unleash them on a Big Sweep through a supermarket. (Based on the total seconds each team has accumulated, their Big Sweep start times are staggered ̵
To refresh my memory of #BeforeTimes, after watching an episode of ABC’s revival, I curated a 1994 episode hosted by David Ruprecht in one of his famous high jerseys. And while that edition and the new one are clearly identical in structure, here are some of the differences that stood out to me:
* Now each team chooses a “name” (eg Team Sugar) to explain. (Speaking of which, as with many a primetime game show these days, the casting department here is aiming for Over. That. Top.)
* Before, the quiz in the game was often based on product name distortions using the most basic graphics on the screen. Now you also get very modern challenges, such as identifying a product based on its dating app profile. There is also a logo identification game that leaves Jones to deliver such excellent play-by-play as “OK, there is a yellow circle …”.
* Does not part of the new edition (at least so far) is the snoozy game where a team of players face each other on a podium and “collect” a product name one letter at a time, based on $ 100,000 Pyramid-like tracks.
* The Big Sweep still includes established bonus items that are worth big money … inflatable balls that are hard to take while pushing a cart, but that are worth going on mysterious amounts … and time-sucking stops that requires smart watch control. (Back then it could be a self-service from yo station; now it’s an inflorescence run by a comically flawed clerk).
* Just as David Ruprecht challenges teams to fulfill his own, small personal shopping list, Jones does the same.
* The potential payday at stake is, of course much bigger. In 1994, you might have won $ 5,000. Here, the team that wins Big Sweep can easily continue to win $ 25K in the Super Sweep bonus round (now five clues versus three), even if they then dare to risk it all in a second and even third round – to build to a potential $ 100,000 jackpot.
When I saw the new and 1990s versions back-to-back, I could not help but feel that Big Sweep used to be much more hectic with team members lobbying expensive beef in their carts – and it was a lot more fun to see. The new version is so smooth and so high-gloss (the shelves are tricked with LED light strips) that it feels so artificial (filmed COVID-safe in a 35,000-square-foot hangar at Santa Monica Airport) and not at all like a real market with grungy linoleum floors.
Similarly, Jones’ play-by-play voiceover for Big Sweep is not yet as polished (or as insightful) as the previous version (by advertiser Johnny Gilbert?), But it may be something that fine-tunes itself over time.
What did you think of ABCs? Supermarket Sweep revival?