Bob Stewart

Game Show Creator/Producer


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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About this interview

In his three-hour Archive interview,Bob Stewart (1920 - 2012) speaks about his transition from radio to television, and his first television show, "Songs for Sale."  In 1955, Stewart began his association with producers Mark Goodson and Bill Todman (Goodson-Todman). He talks about creating the game shows To Tell the Truth, The Price is Right and Password. He discusses the quiz show scandals and its impact on future game shows. Stewart continued his success with his show The $10,000 Pyramid, which was later re-titled The $100,000 Pyramid. He discusses the importance of game show host selection, the qualities of a perfect contestant, and the key to creating a fun and successful game show. The interview was conducted by Fred Wostbrock conducted the interview in Los Angeles, CA on September 11, 1998.

"Once you cause somebody at home to talk to the television set aloud, even by himself or herself, then you've got a good game show."  

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Highlights
Bob Stewart on the genesis of To Tell the Truth and The Price is Right
Bob Stewart defines the genres of game shows versus panel shows
On the creation and production of Password
Bob Stewart on how he would like to be remembered
Bob Stewart on the Quiz Show Scandals and how it affected game show producers
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On his childhood and early years growing up in New York during the Depression era
On first seeing television at the 1939 New York Worlds Fair 
On his military service during World War II
On his introduction to radio writing and his first jobs including WNEW radio game shows and soaps (We Love and Learn) and writing for Gene Rayburn; his short stint at Benton & Bowles advertising

Chapter 2

On his early television work including Songs for Sale and local New York broadcasts
On The Sky's the Limit and The Morey Amsterdam Show
On learning of the Blacklist
On the genesis of The Price is Right, To Tell the Truth, and his uncredited work on the short-lived Stand Up and Be Counted; his relationship with Mark Goodson and Bill Todman

Chapter 3

On asserting control on The Price is Right
On his panel show To Tell the Truth  
On the genres of game shows versus panel shows
On the concept and production of The Price is Right , the initial prizes and showcases, and the selection of host Bill Cullen

Chapter 4

On working with host Bill Cullen and his feelings about The Price is Right's more current versions
On the Quiz Show Scandals
On the creation and production of the game show Password
On leaving Goodson-Todman and starting his own production company and launching The Face is Familiar

Chapter 5

On the panel show Personality and his opinions on using celebrities on his game shows
On the panel show You're Putting Me On; on his production company and its staff; working with networks; and his first videotaped show Eye Guess
On the genesis and early production of The $10,000 Pyramid

Chapter 6

On how production on the Pyramid game shows were done and how disputes were resolved; on the show's Emmy wins
On the game shows Jackpot, Shoot for the Stars; host Geoff Edwards; and some of the announcers he's worked with (Don Pardo, Joe Clayton, Jack Clark)
On moving to the West Coast; his shows The Love Experts and The 80s Woman; working with David Letterman and Barbara Feldon
On his then-current semi-retirement; how the industry has changed; his favorites of his game show creations; his opinion of the future of interactive game shows

Chapter 7

On how he would like to be remembered
On some of the people he's worked with in his career
On some photos featuring his work
Shows

10,000 Pyramid aka 25,000 Pyramid aka 100,000 Pyramid

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Bob Stewart on the genesis of The $10,000 Pyramid
Bob Stewart on how celebrity contestants were chosen for The $10,000 Pyramid
Bob Stewart on how production on the Pyramid game shows were done and how disputes were resolved
Producer Bob Stewart on Pyramid's Emmy wins
Bob Stewart on a photo of Dick Clark hosting $10,000 Pyramid

80's Woman, The

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Producer Bob Stewart on The 80's Woman talk show and its host Barbara Feldon

Emmy Awards, The (Primetime and Daytime)

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Producer Bob Stewart on Pyramid's Emmy wins

Eye Guess

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Bob Stewart on his first use of videotape on his game show Eye Guess

Face Is Familiar, The

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Bob Stewart on the genesis of the short-lived primetime game show The Face is Familiar

Jackpot

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Producer Bob Stewart on the game show Jackpot
Bob Stewart on a photo of host Geoff Edwards on the set of Jackpot

Love Experts, The

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Producer Bob Stewart on his short-lived panel show The Love Experts

Morey Amsterdam Show, The

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Bob Stewart on producing The Morey Amsterdam Show

Password

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Bob Stewart on the creation and concept of Password
Bob Stewart on how Allen Ludden became the host of Password
Bob Stewart on how the words were chosen for Password and working with celebrity guests 

Personality

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Producer Bob Stewart on his panel show Personality

Price is Right, The

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Bob Stewart on the genesis of The Price is Right
Bob Stewart on his work as an uncredited writer on Stand Up and Be Counted
Bob Stewart on asserting his control on The Price is Right
Bob Stewart on the basic concepts of his game show The Price is Right
Bob Stewart on how The Price is Right almost never got on the air
Bob Stewart on the prizes featured on The Price is Right
Bob Stewart on the first host of The Price is Right, Bill Cullen
Bob Stewart on his relationship with game show host Bill Cullen 
Producer Bob Stewart on announcer Don Pardo's nervousness when he had to fill in for ill host Bill Cullen on The Price is Right
Producer Bob Stewart on a concept he had for The Price is Right that never materialized
Bob Stewart on a photo of Price is Right host Bill Cullen from 1956

Shoot for the Stars

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Producer Bob Stewart on the game show Shoot for the Stars

Sky's the Limit, The

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Bob Stewart on producing the local New York game show, The Sky's the Limit

Songs for Sale

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Bob Stewart on his first job in television as a writer for Songs for Sale

Spin to Win

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Bob Stewart on a Spin to Win phone contestant's win

Stand Up and Be Counted

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Bob Stewart on his work as an uncredited writer on Stand Up and Be Counted

To Tell the Truth

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Bob Stewart on the genesis of To Tell the Truth and The Price is Right
Bob Stewart on how his panel show To Tell the Truth got its name
Bob Stewart on Mike Wallace, the host of To Tell the Truth's pilot, who turned down the show to pursue journalism
Bob Stewart on the celebrity panelists on To Tell the Truth (including Dick Van Dyke and Peggy Cass)
Bob Stewart on a cast photo of To Tell the Truth

Wheel of Fortune

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Producer Bob Stewart on his short-lived panel show Love Experts

You're Putting Me On

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Producer Bob Stewart on his game show You're Putting Me On
Topics

Censorship / Standards & Practices

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Bob Stewart on the Quiz Show Scandals and how it affected game show producers

Emmy Awards

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Producer Bob Stewart on Pyramid's Emmy wins

Hollywood Blacklist

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Bob Stewart on finding out about the Blacklist when Abe Burrows was discussed as a possible radio show guest but denied because he was "in the book"

Pop Culture

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Bob Stewart defines the genres of game shows versus panel shows

Quiz Show Scandals

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Bob Stewart on the Quiz Show Scandals and how it affected game show producers
Bob Stewart on record companies secretly paying an AD to use their music on The Price is Right
Professions

Game Show Host

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Producer Bob Stewart on what makes a good game show host
Genres

Game Shows

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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
People

Alan Alda

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Producer Bob Stewart on his panel show Personality (which Alan Alda was up for hosting)

Morey Amsterdam

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Bob Stewart on producing the local New York game show, The Sky's the Limit

Polly Bergen

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Bob Stewart on To Tell the Truth panelist Polly Bergen (and husband/agent Freddie Fields)

Larry Blyden

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Producer Bob Stewart on his panel show Personality
Bob Stewart on the genesis of The $10,000 Pyramid

Abe Burrows

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Bob Stewart on finding out about the Blacklist when Abe Burrows was discussed as a possible radio show guest but denied because he was "in the book"

Peggy Cass

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Bob Stewart on To Tell the Truth panelists Johnny Carson and Peggy Cass

Dick Clark

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Bob Stewart on the genesis of The $10,000 Pyramid
Producer Bob Stewart on how production on the Pyramid game shows were done and how disputes were resolved; on the show's Emmy wins
Producer Bob Stewart on what makes a good game show host
Bob Stewart on Dick Clark

Jack Clark

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Game show producer Bob Stewart on announcer Jack Clark

Bob Clayton

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Game show producer Bob Stewart on announcer Bob Clayton

Billy Crystal

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Bob Stewart on how celebrity contestants were chosen for The $10,000 Pyramid

Bill Cullen

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Bob Stewart on asserting his control on The Price is Right
Bob Stewart on the first host of The Price is Right, Bill Cullen
Bob Stewart on his relationship with game show host Bill Cullen
Bob Stewart on his first use of videotape on his game show Eye Guess
Producer Bob Stewart on what makes a good game show host

Jamie Lee Curtis

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Producer Bob Stewart on his short-lived panel show Love Experts

Milton Delugg

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Bob Stewart on producing the local New York game show, The Sky's the Limit

Dick Van Dyke

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Bob Stewart on To Tell the Truth panelist Dick Van Dyke

Geoff Edwards

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Producer Bob Stewart on the game show Jackpot

Gil Fates

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Bob Stewart on Gil Fates

Barbara Feldon

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Producer Bob Stewart on The 80s Woman talk show and its host Barbara Feldon

Mark Goodson

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Bob Stewart on the genesis of To Tell the Truth and The Price is Right
Bob Stewart on working with Mark Goodson and Bill Todman
Bob Stewart on asserting his control on The Price is Right
Bob Stewart on Mark Goodson

Bud Grant

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Bob Stewart on the genesis of The $10,000 Pyramid

Monty Hall

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Bob Stewart on the genesis of To Tell the Truth and The Price is Right

Hope Lange

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Bob Stewart on producing the local New York game show, The Sky's the Limit

Peter Lawford

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Bob Stewart on how the words were chosen for Password and working with celebrity guests 

David Letterman

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Producer Bob Stewart on his short-lived panel show Love Experts

Allen Ludden

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Bob Stewart on how Allen Ludden became the host of Password
Bob Stewart on how the words were chosen for Password and working with celebrity guests 
Producer Bob Stewart on what makes a good game show host
Bob Stewart on Allen Ludden

Garry Moore

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Bob Stewart on Garry Moore

Leonard Nimoy

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Bob Stewart on how celebrity contestants were chosen for The $10,000 Pyramid

William S. Paley

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Bob Stewart on his work as an uncredited writer on Stand Up and Be Counted

Don Pardo

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Producer Bob Stewart on announcer Don Pardo's nervousness when he had to fill in for ill host Bill Cullen on The Price is Right

Gene Rayburn

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Bob Stewart on producing the local New York game show, The Sky's the Limit
Bob Stewart on the Quiz Show Scandals and how it affected game show producers

Rob Reiner

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Bob Stewart on the genesis of The $10,000 Pyramid

Nipsey Russell

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Bob Stewart on Nipsey Russell

William Shatner

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Bob Stewart on how celebrity contestants were chosen for The $10,000 Pyramid

Fred Silverman

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Bob Stewart on the genesis of the short-lived primetime game show The Face is Familiar
Bob Stewart on the genesis of The $10,000 Pyramid

Bill Todman

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Bob Stewart on working with Mark Goodson and Bill Todman
Bob Stewart on asserting his control on The Price is Right
Bob Stewart on Bill Todman

Mike Wallace

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Bob Stewart on Mike Wallace, the host of To Tell the Truth's pilot, who turned down the show to pursue journalism

Betty White

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Bob Stewart on how the words were chosen for Password and working with celebrity guests 

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