Friday, September 25, 2015

Overtime #24: Asleep in the Produce Section

VO: This is Overtime. More about the network you know & trust. Here now Pierre Kelly.

Me: And it's Overtime, a little lunchbox filled with GSN goodness. How can a game show have producers? Well, take a format, make it work and if nothing happens....oh, well. But I complied 5 wonderful producers who know how to do it. So get it comes.

5. Chuck Barris

You've all read a book entitled "Controversy Creates Cash," well, Chuck Barris was the one before Eric Bischoff when the creator of both the Dating & Newlywed games did his first & only hosting gig in 1976 creating "The Gong Show." 2 years later, he made "3's a Crowd." Oh, and he used to pose as a CIA agent. That led to a book and movie entitled "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind." But he was known for raising the bar in the late 70's.

4. Jack Barry and Dan Enright

They first got together when they became a victim of the quiz show scandals, but by 1976, Dan teamed up again with Jack to create "Break The Bank." That was the start for their company to run back up again. 1977 came and bringing back The Joker's Wild in syndication was good, but having a 50's show entitled Tic Tac Dough the next year for CBS and then syndication was good, too. With these 2 together until 1986, in between was Bullseye, Hollywood Connection, Play The Percentages and more. And not only that, the company made a star out of Wink Martindale, making him the greatest game show host of all time.......of all time.

3. Merv Griffin

Can a talk show host make a game show? Merv can. In 1964, Jeopardy! was a test of answers to have people come up with the question. 9 years later, Wheel of Fortune took players on a spin while calling out letters to solve a puzzle. By 1983, it was the start of a game show revolution. Both Wheel and J! over the years turned itself into a two-headed syndication monster.

2. Bob Stewart

If you want to make a game show, you have to make a pilot after you do a run-through. Bob knows how to do just that. But his Pyramid creation turned out to be legendary with Dick Clark. By then, he has made such things like Chain Reaction and Jackpot!, turning word play into all-play. Oh, and he used to create Price and Password while working for these 2 men at the top of the charts......

1. Mark Goodson & Bill Todman

Longevity. Creativity. Excellence. If these words ring true, G-T know how to create a masterclass in how to do a game show. What's My Line?, I've Got a Secret, To Tell The Truth, Family Feud, Child's Play, Beat The Clock, Make The Connection, Card Sharks and more to follow. For many decades, reputation is built on hosts like Rayburn and Cullen, winning many awards, earning nominations and giving game show fans what they can't do without.

That is it. Next month, a fresh last week of September and a new month of GSN to produce to. Play on playas.

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