I still maintain everyone who failed the Sasuke version made a correctable mistake of some sort. The notches on the Sasuke version actually have a curve to them which adds to the whole aspect of landing square. There's a curve on the ANW versions as well, but it's not as pronounced, the far notch (from the camera angle) almost looks flat if you didn't know better. The ANW version, while a fine design, is almost a gimmie if you get there.
I mean the celebrity thing isn't a big concern, The special last night you do realize competed against the NBA Finals which pulled in almost 20 million viewers, and I'll be honest I was one of them Everything is fine!
Yeah there comes a point where they just throw in the towel against something big and just aim for silver. This was it.
That said.. I still maintain that they are dangerously close to over saturation. The season hasn't even officially started yet.. and the new people haven't figured that out yet. We'll see how the rest of the season goes. I didn't watch the special out of principle and I still heard people bitching about the change in format and omission of Japan. Oh well. I expected NBC would do that eventually.. still hurts though. Curious how they will handle that in a couple weeks with the current season about to tape.