OK, it's still July, but the September 2009 start dates for syndicated game shows have been revealed. Take a deep breath:
September 7: Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?
Family Feud (apparently bringing back the Bullseye round)
Deal Or No Deal (now taped on the East Coast)
September 14: Wheel Of Fortune
September 21: Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader? (long awaited five-day-a-week version)
The real question, of course, is not syndication but CBS. The long-running (it started in 1937!) soap opera Guiding Light is set to air its last episode on September 18, and it's likely that on September 21, we'll have some new game shows in its place...but we don't know for sure yet. Shows being considering include Let's Make A Deal, Pyramid, and The Dating Game. We'll have to wait and see.
That's enough for now. Coming up tonight on BBC Radio 2 - The Hunt For Sexton Blake! You'll see why that's important later.