Monday, September 17, 2007
Brett Somers was a classy BLANK
Broad. Dame. Lady.
One of the saving graces of digital cable has been the sheer amount of recycled cheese. For a while, "The Glenn Campbell Good Time Hour" was back on one of the Country channels (yes, damnit, I watched that. You want a friggin' piece of me?), Nick at Nite has given new life to old sitcoms (although still no friggin' "Love Boat."), and The Game Show Network continues to embarass those of us that grew up in the 70s with some of the best game shows ever, like "Match Game" hosted by the Mack Daddy Pimp of Game Shows, Gene Rayburn. This show was so friggin' HUGE that it gave birth to "Family Feud" with one of the biggest Game Show Pimps, Richard Dawson. Think about that for a moment.
On Saturday, September 15th, 2007, Brett Somers died of stomach and olon cancer. While Ms. Somers' career is full of achievements in the Golden Age of Television as well as making her name as an actress in Broadway theatre productions, she will always be remembered for playing Oscar Madison's ex-wife (against real-life husband Jack Klugman), and for her spot as a long standing regular on "Match Game."
Along with other regulars like Charles Nelson Reilly, Richard Dawson, Fannie Flagg, and Marcia Wallace, Ms. Somers' wit proved that "Match Game" was her house as much as it was Gene Rayburn's. Her tongue was razor sharp, and while some if not most of her answers stank on ice, she was hillariously unfazed and took it all in stride. This past weekend, GSN ran a marathon of "Match Game" episodes to remember her. Brett Somers was one funny broad, and I'm gonna miss her.