‘Name That Tune’: Is the reboot musical game show a hit or miss? Fans feel it is both 'overproduced and cheap'

The 2021 version of ‘Name That Tune’ on FOX will test contestants’ music knowledge as they battle it out in an assortment of challenging musical games for cash and prizes


                            ‘Name That Tune’: Is the reboot musical game show a hit or miss? Fans feel it is both 'overproduced and cheap'
Jane Krakowski and Randy Jackson (FOX)

The vintage musical game show 'Name That Tune' first premiered on NBC Radio in 1952. Originally created and produced by orchestra conductor Harry Salter and his wife Roberta Semple Salter, the series featured contestants competing to correctly identify songs being played by an on-stage orchestra or band. 

The 2021 version of ‘Name That Tune’ on FOX will test contestants’ music knowledge as they battle it out in an assortment of challenging musical games for cash and prizes. Each episode will consist of two stand-alone half-hour contests, each pitting two players against each other as they race against the clock to test their knowledge of songs, performed by the live band. 

The first two rounds in the game are a guessing round and a bidding round. The contestant that makes the most amount of money in the first two rounds goes on to play the Golden Buzzer round to win the prize money of $100,000. But was the reboot of the game show a hit or a miss? The Internet is divided as some feel the show was a much-needed respite during a very disturbing time in America while others felt the show was forced.

“The return of #NameThatTune was a much-needed respite from one of the darkest days in American history...and I thank you,” wrote a viewer. “Found a “new” game show that I enjoy(it’s a reboot of an older 70s game show. There’s episodes on YT I believe). Name That Tune is entertaining and I at least knew some of the songs lol,” wrote another.



 

 



 

Some said, “Name That Tune so far is... ok? ...i guess? I dunno, I'm not really into it. It's weird. It's really loud and really colorful... and VERY purple and blue. It's overwhelming to the senses, and manages to come across as overproduced yet cheap at the same time.”

Another user said, “Final answer. I’m going to say #Miss Show chemistry seemed extremely forced, almost cringey, audience reaction was way too much, second show didn’t win a coffee maker - dropped prize component? I stand by shuffling your own music for an hour.”



 

 



 

However, Twitter went gaga over 52-year-old Jane Krakowski’s outfits and the ease with which she oozed confidence on the stage, “Seeing 5’5” @Jane_Krakowski show off her 7’ tone legs on #namethattune in fuchsia mini skirt and #stilettoheels then in tight leather #thighhigh F-me boots has me feeling all kinds of funny inside.”

Another wrote, “Enjoyed a distraction with the new #NameThatTune. #JaneKrakowski is an underrated tv treasure and a great host for the show.” “Jane Krakowski is 52, and a piece…” wrote another.



 

 



 

 



 

Catch the one-hour series on FOX every Wednesday at 9 pm ET.

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