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D.L. Hughley, left, and Michael Ian Black host “Trust Me, I’m a Game Show Host.”
TV Review

‘Host’ plays for laughs, money

TBS attempts to blend its comedy brand with a prime-time quiz show in the hybrid series “Trust Me, I’m a Game Show Host” (10:30 p.m. Tuesday).

Comedians D.L. Hughley (“The Hughleys”) and Michael Ian Black (“Ed”) are the show’s dueling hosts. For each contestant, Hughley and Black offer a “fact” – one is true and another is false.

The contestant must decide which game show host to trust. A correct choice means advancing up a money ladder.

“Just because something is believable, it doesn’t mean it’s true,” Black tells contestant Ambree in Tuesday’s series premiere. “I could tell you D.L. writes his own jokes, doesn’t make it true.”

The two facts presented are sometimes equally believable or equally ridiculous.

One matchup in the first episode is “an electric vibrator was developed and marketed before the electric vacuum and electric iron” versus “Thomas Edison invented a form of bubble gum and held the patent before selling it to the Wrigley brothers.” (Yes, “Trust Me, I’m a Game Show Host” tries to scandalize/amuse with some of its innuendo-filled “facts.”)

When it comes to “facts” about TV, “Trust Me” could stand to do a little more homework. One semi-accurate fact labels a 1992 NBC program called “Steel Justice” as “a show” but it was actually a one-shot TV movie.