March 7, 1993 |
I like it when they win trophies better than when they win other prizes like money! --Donovan Dobbins, 9 What game-show fan would want a gold-toned loving cup rather than a fistful of dollars? Only a kid. And so many kids want so many trophies so badly--and are so eager to watch other kids winning them--that kids' shows now are bigger bucks than ever for networks and cable. Game shows, especially those with families in mind, are on the rise.
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July 16, 1996
The death of TV game show host Ray Combs, who hanged himself with a bedsheet last month in the psychiatric ward of Glendale Adventist Hospital, has been ruled a suicide. A coroner's official said Monday that toxicology reports showed only therapeutic drugs in Combs' system. Neuropathology reports showed that hanging, not injuries to the head he had received before his admittance to the hospital, had killed him.
April 1, 1990 |
"I think we would like to be the first channel choice for women," said Pat Fili, senior vice president, programming and production, for Lifetime Television. "We would like to feel when a woman turns on TV she goes to Lifetime, because she thinks there might be something she'd like to watch." Lifetime reaches for women viewers with a smorgasbord of new and repeated programming. During the day, it offers information and advice programs, featuring Dr. T. Berry Brazelton, Dr.
June 11, 1996 |
It had to happen eventually. After several television seasons in which an astonishing variety of people decided to host syndicated talk shows for fun and profit--comedians and faded movie stars, a best-selling author, a former Planned Parenthood president, the onetime mayor of Cincinnati--the twilight of talk is descending. All of the nine shows that debuted last fall, many of them "Ricki Lake" clones with precocious young hosts, have been yanked.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 7, 2000
Gil Fates, 86, the host of the first regular game show on television who went on to produce some of the medium's most popular game and panel shows. Born in Newark, N.J., Fates graduated from the University of Virginia. He tried to break into theater, first as an actor and later as a road and stage manager, then left theater work in the late 1930s, joining CBS. "We were so brand new in those days," he later wrote, "that the television department was just a tiny branch of the CBS setup."
June 10, 1994 |
Although Britain's Pinewood Studios is enjoying a small renaissance this spring, with two Hollywood movies being produced there, the most significant action at the famous facility is not "Mary Reilly" with Julia Roberts and John Malkovich or "First Knight" with Sean Connery and Richard Gere. It's a 20th Century Fox International TV show called "Scavengers." The first U.S.
September 30, 1991 |
News flash: A nasty criminal has stolen George Washington's nose off Mount Rushmore! The contestant who figures out who took it and where it has been hidden wins a free trip anywhere in the continental United States. Another TV game show? Yes, but with a catch. It's an educational tool in disguise. "Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego," a children's series based on the Broderbund computer game of the same name, premieres today at 5 p.m.
August 28, 1991 |
The category is Dying Breeds. The clue: "A once popular form of daytime television that has all but disappeared from the networks." Don't forget to phrase your answer in the form of a question. If you said, "What are game shows?," you're correct. Next month, NBC will bid farewell to "Wheel of Fortune" and "Classic Concentration," its last two game shows. Earlier this summer, ABC cashed in its remaining game show, "The Match Game."
December 24, 1993 |
After eight years of studying game shows, Anne Cooper-Chen occasionally lapses into host-speak. "What do Japan and Belgium and the United States have in common?" she asks. "I'm not sure what, but they love game shows. The key is who likes what kind where. Game shows in Brazil would probably not make it here."
February 2, 2003 |
When you get right down to it, game shows are the television equivalent of a Twinkie. They're addictive. They're not particularly good for you. And they will probably last forever. They've been a part of TV history from the beginning. From the 1950s to the '70s, the genre produced one hit after another, from "The $64,000 Question" to "Match Game." Even during the 1980s, when networks shifted away from games toward scripted programming, syndicated series like "Wheel of Fortune" and "Jeopardy!"