I remember seeing a preview for this show at some point—one of those forced commercials I was made to endure before whatever app I was using at the time would allow me to watch the program I was waiting to watch—and I remember thinking, “what is this show supposed to be, exactly?”
I find Neil Patrick Harris to be both endearing and funny; his character of Barney was definitely the main reason why I kept watching How I Met Your Mother (2005-2014), even long after I started getting annoyed with how the series plot seemed to drag. I typically don’t really follow many non-Asian game or talk shows, but knowing NPH was hosting was just enough to pique my curiosity to at least see what this show was all about.
Turns out, it’s a show that feels like a mashup of a bunch of different shows that I’ve seen before at some point. You have an opening that feels like Saturday Night Live (1975-), segments that feel like Candid Camera (1948-2004) and Deal or No Deal (2005-2009), and random acts that kind of just happen that make me feel like I’m watching one of those talent programs, like America’s Got Talent (2006-), among other shows.
At the moment, it doesn’t really seem like the show has much of a format; it just felt mostly like NPH was throwing an over-the-top house party with a bunch of random acts, and the only people really invited were the people in the audience. Maybe it’s a show that needs time for its host to warm up and needs the patience of viewers to wait for some sort of pattern to emerge. Who knows. We shall see, I suppose.
I’m not particularly inclined to tune in regularly, but I might give the show another chance after it’s been running for several episodes. I can say with great certainty though that if the show sticks to its current formula, then I don’t see myself ever committing to it for the long haul, NPH or no NPH. It’s kind of like how I feel about great actors in terribly scripted movies; the talent can only save so much.