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NEWS
March 7, 1993 | N.F. MENDOZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
NEWS
April 1, 1990 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"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.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 11, 1996 | PAULA SPANN, THE WASHINGTON POST
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
March 5, 2014 | Steve Chawkins
Geoff Edwards, a Los Angeles radio personality and TV game show host who for years flew weekly to Sacramento to emcee the California Lottery's "Big Spin," died Wednesday at St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica. He was 83. His death was caused by complications from pneumonia, his agent Fred Wostbrock said. Over the years, Edwards hosted 10 game shows, including "Jackpot" and "Treasure Hunt. " On radio, he was a clever talker who sprinkled music and news with homegrown bits like "The Answer Lady.
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."
BUSINESS
June 10, 1994 | LOUISE McELVOGUE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 30, 1991 | SHARON BERNSTEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 28, 1991 | DANIEL CERONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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."
ENTERTAINMENT
December 24, 1993 | ROBIN RAUZI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
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."
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