Embarrassing JYW US Style

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I just have to say that the new American version of JYW is truly embarrassing. One could see this coming when the obnoxious American dorks were on the British version of the show.

Bring back the Brits!

I must say however, American version or no, it is still the best show on television.

-- Nick Martin (brody@avalon.net), January 04, 2001


Absolutely - they took an awesome show and 'Americanized' it - totally ruining the experience. I agree with the other comments here, the host has got to go , and kudos to Cathy Rogers for trying to save it. Thank god for her or else I wouldn't be watching it. That new host is horrid - and even the presentation of the show is bad. Who do I write , they must be stopped. Best show I've seen in a very long time , and the botched it. I thought they would learn after the Whose Line is It Anyway failure.

-- Chris Wilson (cwilson@thk.com), January 05, 2001.

The show would surely suffer without Cathy. She is truly a gem. Be sure to read all of the credits at the end of the show, and see just how much she actually contributes to the show. The American teams are not at their best while on the set, partly due to the differnce between time here and there. The "build" days start at the time that we are usually doing our best sleeping. Waddy, "Chief Dork" for the "Three Rusty Juveniles"

-- Waddy Thompson (cthomp3851@aol.com), January 10, 2001.

I have found out why Robert is not on Junkyard Wars. If you go to his site you will find that Junkyard Wars are being done at the same time as Scrapheap Challenge. Robert also acts in the sci-fi series Red Dwarf among his other endevours. He stated he simply can find the time. He also says The Learning Channel wanted to go with an american to 'relate' I guess.

-- bud (budnjoe@i-is.com), January 12, 2001.

If Robert can't come back, there is one guy I think might be cool for the show. He's not a comedian, he's more of a Journalist and a Writer but basically, he's a big Science & Technology history buff and some of you may know him. James Burke. He made the show "The day the universe changed" and the "Connections" series shown on Discover/TLC on the american cable networks. He wouldn't be as funny as Robert but for some reason, I feel that he might _fit_ in nonetheless. And I'm sure he'd get a kick out of the show too.

- Yves

-- Yves Lacombe (yveslac@videotron.ca), January 14, 2001.

You Brits haven't liked American practices every since we left your pale asses on your little island and turned ourselve into the strongest nation around. The American version has been reconstructed in a way that appeals to Americans. If you don,t like it, don't watch it.

-- www.geocities.com/kablamotheclown (kablamotheclown@yahoo.com), February 02, 2001.

Just admit it. The American show kicks ass compared to Scrapheap. Quit whining, watch and learn. Cheers!!!

-- John gap (mindthegap64@hotmail.com), February 02, 2001.

Note: I am not trying to spam this forum - It is truly that there are so many issues that need to be addressed.

I would be very careful about dumping on the British version of this program, seeing as the concept is British, the production company is British, and the television network that first presented it was BBC.

There really is, in my opinion something lacking in the US version. Although I am hesitant to second-guess Ms. Rogers, I think there is a subtle cultural misunderstanding that has developed in the US show. Clearly, they decided to get an American (US) cohost in an effort to make it more accessible to the US market.

The glitch - What Ms. Rogers probably didn't realize is that the comedians, personalities, and humorists that are most popular in the US are actually -Canadians-! They need to do a Canadian talent search to find a cohost.

At risk of offending - The appropriate analogy is that there -are- Brits who are wonderful Chefs - They cook French. There are Americans that are delightfully self-depreciating, and hysterically funny - They come from Canada.

The interplay between Ms. Rogers, and Canadian "Underdog" humor would be wonderful!


-- Tim Raisbeck (RaisbeckSv@cs.com), May 09, 2001.

Thr Brits are just jealous of the Yanks kicking their butts in every head to head competition. Remember the time the producers "changed" the rules so the NERDS would not win the championship against Dick Strawbrige? The NERDS's fireboat was 1000% better than the BIA'S fireboat, but the produces could not handle another British defeat so they cheated. How lame!!!!

-- Danny (daniel.burke@lexisnexis.com), September 24, 2001.

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