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."
October 17, 2006 |
The game show contestant is sweating. The final question will determine whether she will win the round and walk away with the prize. "What animal is the bridge on the Mekong Delta named for?" a female host asks. Before Trang, the contestant, can react, her rival blurts out the correct answer: monkey. "I didn't do too well," Trang says glumly, looking forlorn on a set bathed in bright lights and festooned with tinsel and colorful balloons.
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."
April 30, 2001 |
Anne Robinson, the super-snippy Brit who hosts NBC's new game show, "The Weakest Link," has been called many things since the program debuted: "dour," "sarcastic," "merciless," even "sadistic." Curiously, the most remarkable thing about her seems to have escaped notice: Robinson is a woman. In the long and proud history of the American game show, this is a stunning fact. Women don't host game shows. They host talk shows, sure. They anchor newscasts, certainly.
June 6, 1990 |
With one roll of the dice, the TV game show "Monopoly" moved from jail to Boardwalk. In late April, King World Entertainment and Merv Griffin Enterprises had withdrawn their proposed "Monopoly" game show from the syndication market for lack of sufficient interest. "They had a little midget jumping around on the board," recalled one station program director who turned down the show. "They had a midget dressed up in a tuxedo and he'd jump around. That didn't fly, folks."
June 28, 1990 |
What ingredients make a good game show? Don't ask Mark Goodson. Though he created such classics as "Beat the Clock," "What's My Line?," "To Tell the Truth," "The Match Game," "Password" and "Family Feud," he admits he doesn't have the foggiest notion. "What are the qualities that make a good sitcom?" he queries. "What makes a great song? You have no answer. But people always ask that same question of game shows. I guess the real answer is a show that attracts audiences and makes them involved."
January 12, 2002 |
A battle over competing game-show concepts "The Chamber" and "The Chair" took a nasty and bizarre turn Friday as Fox countersued producers of the rival ABC series, accusing them of engaging in "a campaign" to undermine the Fox show that allegedly included sneaking onto the set and trying to lure away staff to secure information about the program.
August 16, 1999 |
"Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?," a quiz show premiering tonight on ABC, offers contestants the opportunity to win $1 million. The network itself, meanwhile, is in a rare position to make money off the series before the first question is asked or the first commercial airs. In what is apparently an unprecedented move for a broadcast network, people who hope to appear on the show must pay for the privilege, calling a 900 number that will cost them $1.50 per call.
June 13, 2000 |
Intrigue. Drama. Scheming, backstabbing and plotting. Characters the audience can root against. And last but definitely not least, rats--the two-legged and four-legged kind. If it sounds like a soap opera, it's also an accurate description of "Survivor," the summer series that has established a foothold with millions of viewers in its first two weeks, much to the delight of CBS and potential chagrin of writers once counted on to dream up these sorts of scenarios.