Game Shows


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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Game Shows describe fixed-format shows in which contestants compete for prizes.

Highlights
Vanna White on her fashions on Wheel of Fortune
Herbert Stempel on finally being "defeated" by Charles Van Doren on Twenty-One
Bob Stewart on how The Price is Right almost never got on the air
Monty Hall on co-creating Let's Make a Deal with Steve Hatos
Chuck Barris on his difficulties hosting The Gong Show
Ralph Edwards on a typical Truth or Consequences show
Who talked about this genre

Berle Adams

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Berle Adams on negotiating deals for Ralph Edwards for his shows Truth or Consequences and This Is Your Life

Alan Alda

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Alan Alda on how his TVQ rating from game show appearances may have helped him get cast on M*A*S*H

Army Archerd

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Army Archerd on the celebrity game show, The Movie Game

Bob Barker

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Bob Barker on the origin and premise of the game show The Price is Right
Bob Barker on the secret to The Price is Right's longevity
Bob Barker on the success and inclusiveness of The Price is Right

Chuck Barris

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Chuck Barris on developing The Dating Game
Chuck Barris on developing The Newlywed Game
Chuck Barris on developing The Gong Show
Chuck Barris on The Newlywed Game
Chuck Barris on the staff and legacy of The Gong Show

Joe Behar

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Joe Behar on directing the pilot of Let's Make a Deal and the premise of the show
Joe Behar on directing Let's Make a Deal and memorable moments from the show

Tom Bergeron

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Tom Bergeron on hosting Hollywood Squares

Sam Bobrick

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Sam Bobrick on his first official writing job for Make Me Laugh, hosted by Robert Q. Lewis, and on writing for Captain Kangaroo

Vin Di Bona

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Vin Di Bona on producing Animal Crack-Ups

Al Borden

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Al Borden on being propmaster for You Bet Your Life

Harvey Bullock

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Harvey Bullock on writing for Johnny Carson on Who Do You Trust?,  and on writing McKeever & the Colonel 

Allan Burns

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Allan Burns on being a page on Queen for a Day and having to kick someone off the show

Robert Caminiti

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Robert Caminiti on the fast pacing and structured environment of being part of a crew on a game show
Robert Caminiti on stage managing for Goodson-Todman Productions' game shows
Robert Caminiti on what he enjoyed about working on game shows, particularly What's My Line?
Robert Caminiti on stage managing for various game shows including Concentration, Jeopardy! and Winning Streak

Steve Carlin

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Steve Carlin on creating and producing The $64,000 Question  (Part 1)
Steve Carlin on creating and producing The $64,000 Question (Part 2)
Steve Carlin on creating and producing The $64,000 Question (Part 3)
Steve Carlin on creating Jackie Gleason's infamous You're in the Picture  game show

Gilbert Cates

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Gilbert Cates on the quiz show scandal surrounding Dotto
Gilbert Cates on the Quiz Show scandal surrounding Dotto (contd.)

Cyd Charisse

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Cyd Charisse on appearing as a mystery guest on What's My Line?

RuPaul Charles

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RuPaul Charles on hosting RuPaul's Drag Race

Nick Clooney

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Nick Clooney on hosting the game show The Moneymaze

Gary Owens with Emerson College

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Gary Owens on being the original host of The Gong Show, and on Murray Langston, "The Unknown Comic"

Anderson Cooper

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Anderson Cooper on appearing on Jeopardy!

Bill Daily

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Bill Daily on being a panelist on Match Game

Richard Dawson

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Richard Dawson on Family Feud

Hugh Downs

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Hugh Downs on hosting the popular game show Concentration and security on the show during the Quiz Show Scandals

Charles Dubin

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Charles S. Dubin on directing Twenty One, produced by Dan Enright just before the Quiz Show Scandals broke, and on being called to testify about it

Patty Duke

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Patty Duke on how her managers gave her the answers for the $64,000 Challenge; on testifying during the Quiz Show Scandals

Ralph Edwards

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Ralph Edwards on the pilot, idea, and initial response to the radio version of Truth or Consequences; on typical acts and successful war drives
Ralph Edwards on memorable moments on Truth or Consequences and the show's move to television; on producing Truth or Consequences on film using new techniques of live television (a technique credited to Al Simon)

Dick Enberg

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Dick Enberg on hosting the show Sports Challenge  and producing the show The Way it Was
Dick Enberg on hosting several game shows including Perfect Match  and Baffle

Bob Eubanks

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Host Bob Eubanks on the role of the host on The Newlywed Game

Nanette Fabray

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Nanette Fabray on appearing on Password
Nanette Fabray on appearing on The Hollywood Squares

Jamie Farr

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Jamie Farr on his involvement with The Gong Show

Ruth Duskin Feldman

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Ruth Duskin Feldman on being a panelist on Quiz Kids  (Part 1)
Ruth Duskin Feldman on being a panelist on Quiz Kids  (Part 2)
Ruth Duskin Feldman on being a panelist on Quiz Kids (Part 3)
Ruth Duskin Feldman on appearing as a panelist on Quiz Kids (Part 4)

Charles Fox

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Composer Charles Fox on composing for Goodson-Todman game shows early in his career

Sonny Fox

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Sonny Fox on his short-lived time as host of $64,000 Challenge

Fred Foy

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Fred Foy on being an announcer for game shows and changing his voice for that genre

Albert Freedman

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Albert Freedman on contestants knowing the answers ahead of time of The Big Surprise and the reasons for "fixing" panel and quiz shows
Albert Freedman on his dealings with Twenty One contestant James Snodgrass during the Quiz Show Scandals
Albert Freedman on the format of the quiz show, Tic Tac Dough and how winners were selected ahead of time based on pre-test results
Albert Freedman on the most difficult pre-test of all the quiz shows - on Twenty One - and how producers selected which answers to give contestants
Albert Freedman on specific contestants on Tic Tac Dough
Albert Freedman on becoming a producer on Twenty One, coaching contestants, and convincing Charles Van Doren to become a contestant on the program
Albert Freedman on Charles Van Doren becoming a celebrity because of his appearances of Twenty One; on the beginning of the Quiz Show Scandals; on not wanting to implicate Charles Van Doren
Albert Freedman on being indicted during the Quiz Show Scandals, being blacklisted, going to Mexico, and returning to the U.S. to testify again after Charles Van Doren agreed to testify
Albert Freedman on reaching out to Charles Van Doren's lawyer to explain the circumstances under which Freedman would be testifying before the Grand Jury for a third time, on Robert Redford's movie "Quiz Show" and whether or not the film was accurate, and the impact of the Quiz Show Scandals on the medium of television - the end of the intelligent era of live TV
Albert Freedman on whether today's quiz shows are affected by the Quiz Show Scandals

Harry Friedman

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Harry Friedman on writing and producing Hollywood Squares (Part 1)
Harry Friedman on writing and producing Hollywood Squares (Part 2)
Harry Friedman on writing and producing Wheel of Fortune (Part 1)
Harry Friedman on producing Wheel of Fortune (Part 2)
Harry Friedman on producing Wheel of Fortune (Part 3)
Harry Friedman on producing Jeopardy! (Part 1)
Harry Friedman on producing Jeopardy! (Part 3)

Pamela Fryman

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Pamela Fryman on working on The New Hollywood Squares

Melissa Gilbert

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Melissa Gilbert on appearing on Hollywood Squares and dining with Paul Lynde

Mary Lynn Gottfried

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Mary Lynn Gottfried on writing questions for game shows, including Card Sharks
Mary Lynn Gottfried on booking talent for Hollywood Squares

Monty Hall

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Monty Hall on briefly hosting Twenty-One and the subsequent quiz show scandals that emerged
Monty Hall on the impact of the quiz show scandals on game shows
Monty Hall on co-creating Let's Make a Deal with Steve Hatos
On the budget, cast, crew and format of Let's Make a Deal; on the diversity of Let's Make a Deal contestants and costumed contestants
Monty Hall on the great and zonk prizes on Let's Make a Deal
Monty Hall on the production schedule of Let's Make a Deal
Monty Hall on Dick Clark getting Let's Make a Deal back on the air

Florence Henderson

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Florence Henderson on her game show appearances and the popularity of game shows

Michael King

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Michael King on distributing Joker's Wild and Tic Tac Dough for King World
Michael King on King World distributing Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy!

Roger King

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Roger King and syndicating Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy!
Roger King on King World selling The Joker's Wild
Roger King on the success and legacy of Jeopardy!
Roger King on King World reviving, producing, and distributing The Hollywood Squares with Whoopi Goldberg as the center square, and on distributing Martha Stewart Living

Jeff Kisseloff

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Jeff Kisseloff on his interview with Twenty-One producer Al Freeman, Jr.

Perry Lafferty

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Perry Lafferty on his first television job, directing Celebrity Time
Perry Lafferty on directing Name That Tune

Vicki Lawrence

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Vicki Lawrence on hosting Win, Lose, or Draw and her advice to TV hosts

Richard Lewis

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Richard Lewis on producing Blind Date

Charles Lisanby

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Charles Lisanby on designing sets for the $64,000 Question

Stewart MacGregory

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Stewart MacGregory on being stage coordinator for Americana  and Barney Blake, Police Reporter

Rose Marie

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Rose Marie on her long tenure as a panelist on The Hollywood Squares

Peter Marshall

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Peter Marshall on hosting Hollywood Squares
Peter Marshall on hosting Hollywood Squares

Wink Martindale

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Wink Martindale on what makes a good game show host, and on game show hosts he admires like Bill Cullen
Wink Martindale on becoming a game show host
Wink Martindale on hosting Can You Top This produced by Morey Amsterdam
Wink Martindale on hosting Las Vegas Gambit, and on appearing on The Hollywood Squares
Wink Martindale on hosting Tic Tac Dough
Wink Martindale on creating and hosting Headline Chasers
Wink Martindale on hosting High Rollers
Wink Martindale on hosting Trivial Pursuit
Wink Martindale on hosting Second Honeymoon and Bumper Stumpers
Wink Martindale on being a contestant on Tattletales, and on his later friendship with Elvis Presley
Wink Martindale on being a celebrity contestant on Password
Wink Martindale on Tic Tac Dough being his favorite show, and on his enjoyment of hosting Las Vegas Gambit
Wink Martindale on hosting Dream Girl of '67 and How's Your Mother-in-Law?

Kent McCray

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Kent McCray on working with Groucho Marx on You Bet Your Life

Bob McGrath

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Bob McGrath on one of his first jobs in television, working on the game show, To Tell the Truth

Ed McMahon

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Ed McMahon on being announcer for Who Do You Trust? and on meeting Johnny Carson
Ed McMahon on being the announcer for Who Do You Trust?
Ed McMahon on hosting Star Search

Jayne Meadows

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Jayne Meadows on getting a job as a panelist on I've Got a Secret and meeting Steve Allen
Jayne Meadows on being a panelist on I've Got a Secret

John Moffitt

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John Moffitt on producing the relaunched Hollywood Squares

Robert Mott

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Robert Mott on working on To Tell the Truth and on working with a laugh track
Robert Mott on appearing on What's My Line?
Robert Mott on appearing as a contestant on What's My Line?  with host John Daly

E. Roger Muir

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E. Roger Muir on leaving NBC, and on developing and producing The Newlywed Game with Chuck Barris

Don Pardo

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Don Pardo on The Price is Right; on a typical day and his duties as announcer; on appearing on-camera while filling in for Bill Cullen; on blowing the surprise of a contestant winning a trip to "Rooooooome" on an early Price is Right episode; on rehearsals
Don Pardo on working with Bill Cullen on Jeopardy! "tell them what they've won, Don"

Don Pike

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Don Pike on returning to NBC in 1967 as a technical director and acting as technical director on the Miss America Pageant

Jeff Probst

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Jeff Probst on hosting Rock and Roll Jeopardy!

Stanley Ralph Ross

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Stanley Ralph Ross on developing Challenge of the Sexes

Pat Sajak

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Pat Sajak on doing the weather for KNBC Los Angeles and impressing Merv Griffin and offering Sajak Wheel of Fortune
Pat Sajak on Wheel of Fortune
Pat Sajak on production of and memorable moments on Wheel of Fortune
Pat Sajak on Wheel of Fortune

Lew Schneider

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Lew Schneider on Make the Grade, a children's game show1

Jack Shea

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Jack Shea on working on Truth or Consequences, one of the first shows he directed

Fred Silverman

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Fred Silverman on going up against NBC's game shows starting with scheduling Joker's Wild , Gambit and bringing back The Price is Right
Fred Silverman on Goodson-Todd, Heatter-Quigley, Monty Hall, and Chuck Barris.

Garry Simpson

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Garry Simpson on directing Tic Tac Doug h

Herbert F. Solow

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Herbert F. Solow on working with the game shows for NBC

Frank Stanton

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Frank Stanton on the Quiz Show Scandals

Herbert Stempel

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Herbert Stempel on appearing as a contestant on the rigged quiz show Twenty-One
Herbert Stempel on appearing as a contestant on the rigged quiz show Twenty-One  (Part 2)
Herbert Stempel on appearing as a contestant on the rigged quiz show Twenty-One  (Part 3)

Bob Stewart

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Bob Stewart on the genesis of The Price is Right
Bob Stewart defines the genres of game shows versus panel shows
Bob Stewart on the creation and production of Password
Bob Stewart on his preference for game shows featuring celebrities
Bob Stewart on the process of creating game shows and how his company was run
Bob Stewart on how the popularity of word games waned
Producer Bob Stewart on what makes a good game show host

Dick Stiles

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Dick Stiles on doing production design for The Wizard of Odds
Dick Stiles on doing art direction for Wheel of Fortune

George Sunga

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George Sunga on being Production Supervisor on Password

William Tankersley

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William Tankersley on how the Quiz Show scandals (which started with NBC shows) affected CBS Standards & Practices

Robert Trout

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Robert Trout on hosting Who Said That?, produced by Fred Friendly, first on radio and later on television on NBC

Leslie Uggams

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Leslie Uggams on appearing on Name That Tune as a teenager
Leslie Uggams on her game show Fantasy

Jimmie Walker

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Jimmie Walker on appearing on Match Game and Hollywood Squares
Jimmie Walker on appearing on Battle of the Network Stars

Matthew Weiner

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Matthew Weiner on appearing as a contestant on Jeopardy!

Vanna White

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Vanna White on Wheel of Fortune
Vanna White on the longevity, staff and production of Wheel of Fortune
Vanna White on Wheel of Fortune  
Pat Sajak and Vanna White on the atmosphere on the set of Wheel of Fortune
Pat Sajak and Vanna White on the atmosphere on the set of Wheel of Fortune

Alan Zweibel

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Alan Zweibel on being offered a job to write for Paul Lynde on Hollywood Squares