One of my few recent posts on this blog was about the announcement of the return of the Pee-wee Herman Show to the stage.
I jumped at the chance to get tickets for the show, despite the fact that it’s clear across the country from my house in Orlando, and was excited to head out to California to see it in November. But plans have now changed.
Due to the show’s popularity, dates have been moved to Jan./Feb. 2010 and the venue has changed to the slightly larger Club Nokia, which holds 2,300 people. Existing ticket-holders for the original shows were told via e-mail that they’d have a chance today to exchange their tickets beginning at 10 a.m. by calling a Ticketmaster customer service number.
I dialed the number at exactly 10 a.m. this morning only to find that they meant 10 a.m. Pacific Time, not Eastern Time. The e-mail notice did not mention the time zone but the Ticketmaster representative said that times always correspond to the state in which the event takes place. I suppose that makes sense.
So I waited three more hours until 1 p.m. EST (10 a.m. PST) and tried to call again. At first, I received busy signals but managed to get through after 4 or 5 tries. After 31 minutes of being on hold, a representative finally answered and began to verify my information… and then we suddenly got disconnected. I tried calling back for the next 40 minutes getting nothing but busy signals.
And I wasn’t alone. It’s clear from these comments on Pee-wee’s official Facebook page that there are many other fans who were feeling frustrated at the situation.
Finally, acting on a suggestion from my wife, I called the main Ticketmaster phone number (which is 800-745-3000) and asked the automated system to connect me to a representative. A man answered within a couple of minutes but he was a sales representative, not customer service, so he had to transfer me. I assumed I was going to be on hold for another 30+ minutes but, to my surprise, around 7 minutes later I was connected to a customer service representative who was able to quickly exchange my old ticket for an excellent second-row center seat for one of the January dates.
After hanging up, I decided to call back just to verify that the change was confirmed. Within 10 minutes, using the same system, I was able to get a hold of another representative who assured me that I was good to go.
It took nearly two hours to get my new ticket squared away for the Pee-wee Herman Show, but it’s a better ticket than I had originally and ultimately was the same price, so I’m happy overall. Plus, Pee-wee is telling pre-ticketed fans via Facebook that we’ll have a chance to meet him backstage (though details on that are non-existant at this point).
If anyone out there is still trying to get through to Ticketmaster to exchange your tickets, don’t worry. There seem to be a lot of great seats still available for the later shows and if you follow the steps I explained above, you shouldn’t have too much more trouble. Though today’s secret word has definitely turned out to be “frustration.”Tweet
My previous post on the new Nickelodeon game show “Brain Surge” has become so popular now that the show is on the air that I thought a follow-up was in order.
“BrainSurge” premiered yesterday on Nickelodeon and it features a perfect combination of humor, mental stimulation, and plenty of slime. Fans of old Nick game shows like “Double Dare” and “Get the Picture” will definitely enjoy this show’s style, facing off a group of kids against each other in a battle of memory. Pictures, numbers, and stories are served up and contestants are forced to memorize tiny details in short spans of time in order to win points. The winner ultimately gets to play a path memorization game in order to win the grand prizes and a chance to be slimed.
But even those who don’t make past the first two rounds don’t walk away empty-handed. They all leave with great Nick parting gifts (including a bucket of slime, which you can purchase here) and a slide down the “Brain Drain” covered in some sort of white foamy goo that looks like it’s straight out of a slopsticle course on “Double Dare.”
Since the show premiered, I’ve had an influx of e-mails from kids wanting to become contestants. The bad news is that the first season of 40 episodes has already finished taping and auditions are not currently taking place. The good news is that you can get on a list for future auditions by sending an e-mail to email@example.com. You can also become a fan of the show and stay up to date on audition information via Facebook here.
According to Patti Stone, contestant supervisor for ”BrainSurge,” the show is based off of a Japanese game show called “Brain Survivor” but adapted for children. The pilot was shot in Sept. 2007 and has finally made it to television two years later.
Personally, Between “BrainSurge” and last year’s “My Family’s Got GUTS,” I’m extremely excited that game shows have made their way back to the Nickelodeon programming schedule. Hopefully someone can be talked into resurrecting “Double Dare” for a third time.Tweet
Fans of the HBO hit series True Blood interested in sampling the show’s title beverage but without that nasty metallic aftertaste will enjoy this…
It’s official! The Tru Blood drink has now been “de-fictionalized” and emerges into reality as a delicious blood orange carbonated drink. Introduced during the True Blood forum at the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con on July 25, 2009, the drink will hit store shelves in September. It boasts a crisp, slightly tart, lightly sweet tang, and a deep red color to match the appearance of the Tru Blood product featured on the True Blood series. The premium blood orange drink is packaged in a completely unique 14 oz glass wide-mouth bottle, stained in a rich red, with raised Tru Blood English lettering and an embossed Japanese Kanji on the neck. A gold foiled label emblazoned with the bold Tru Blood logo completes the distinctive look.
Here’s the official announcement video from Comic-Con, featuring the show’s stars drinking Tru Blood:
And a couple amusing “commercials” to go with it:
You can pre-order some Tru Blood now at $16 for a 4-pack to be shipped on September 8. That’s $4 per 14-ounce glass bottle, which is not a bad deal for fans since the bottles are near replicas of those seen on the show.
Here are a few more details from HBO’s site:
The Fangbanger -- Tru Blood, Vodka
Death on the Beach -- Tru Blood, Peach Schnapps, Pineapple Juice, Vodka
Plasmapolitan -- Tru Blood, Citron, Cointreau, Fresh Lime Juice
Carbonated Water, Can Sugar, Citric Acid, Natural Flavors, Potassium Citrate, Carmine Coloring, Potassium Sorbate, Sucralose, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Benzoate, Caffeine, Niacin (Vitamin B3), Caramel Coloring, Red 40, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin B6, Cyanocobalamin (Vitamin B12), Folic Acid, Gum Accacia, Ester Gum
Will it come with instructions to microwave to 98.6 degrees?
I wonder if the drink will have any bite? (Groan)Tweet
The hit HBO show True Blood was in full promo mode at Comic-Con, placing clever posters and other items in unique places. Here are three examples that I thought were particularly amusing…
(Yes, I realize the title of this post is incredibly corny)
This ad was featured outside an elevator with carefully placed call buttons:
I would love to have found this hanging on my hotel room door:
A ton of sponsored True Blood ads were all over Comic-Con, linking the show with other products like cars, beverages, etc. But my favorite featured “the money you could be saving with Geico”:
These three images came from truebloodnet.com – Find plenty more True Blood action from Comic-Con there.Tweet
Want your shot at $1,000,000 on ABC’s 10th anniversary revival of Who Wants to be a Millionaire
Your chance has come. The phone line is now open. Call 1-800-999-7878 from July 6th to July 16th anywhere from 7:00PM ET to 3:00AM ET. When you call, you play five Fastest Finger questions. Answer them all correctly in about ten seconds and you are in the contestant poll and possibly randomly selected to sit in the Hot Seat. You can only call once a day so be prepared.
Don’t worry if you mess up, though. There’s still tons of time.
Feel free to post how you did each day. This will be brought to the top of the page every day until July 16th at 7:00PM ET. Good luck. I want to see one of you in the Hot Seat!