Last summer, FOX debuted a pair of new game shows. One was a revival of the classic “Love Connection”, with “Watch What Happens Live” host Andy Cohen taking over the hosting gig made famous by Chuck Woolery. Cohen has dealt with plenty of relationship drama through his “Real Housewives” shows and reunion specials on Bravo, so he was a seamless choice to help strangers connect on TV.
The other new game show was an original, though a somewhat modern spin on “Name That Tune” – “Beat Shazam”, where contestants would guess titles of songs and then compete against the popular Shazam app in the final speed round for a chance to win a million dollars. Its host: Jamie Foxx.
I, and likely millions of other people thought, “Why in the world would an Oscar winning actor want to host a game show?” But it turned out that Foxx fit the bill as well. His high, positive energy, unpredictability, impressions and knowledge of the music industry helped make “Beat Shazam” an entertaining guilty pleasure last summer.
It’s back for Season 2 starting this Tuesday May 29th at 8pmET… with a new addition. Foxx’s daughter Corrine is the new DJ of the game. The back-and-forth banter should be fun to watch, along with celebrity cameos from Shaq, Demi Lovato, Michael Bolton and more.
If Foxx’s recent appearance on “Live with Kelly and Ryan” is any indication (he completely, hilariously, hijacked the interview), “Beat Shazam” may be the show to beat on primetime this summer.
Lights Camera Jackson (a.k.a. Jackson Murphy) began his career as a film critic/entertainment reporter in 2006 at the age of 7. Jackson has written nearly 1,000 reviews of new releases. All together he has seen more than 1,500 films. In 2010, Jackson became the youngest person to win a NY Emmy Award, for his on-air movie reviews on Time Warner TV station, Capital News 9.
Jackson is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association. The BFCA’s annual Critics Choice Awards is one of the industry’s most respected awards shows. Jackson is also a member of SAG-AFTRA. He votes annually for the Screen Actors Guild Awards.
LCJ appears every Friday morning on WGNA-FM . His movie reviews are also posted on his website, his YouTube channel and the popular website Cultjer.com. He is also a contributing writer for Jerry Beck’s AnimationScoop.com. Jackson hosts the weekly internet pop culture news show “LCJ LIVE” (every Sunday at Noon ET). And “The LCJ Q&A Podcast” features interviews with celebrities and filmmakers.