All Star Blitz

ABC (ended 1985)


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All Star Blitz

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The recipe for All-Star Blitz is as follows: six parts of The Hollywood Squares, including host Peter Marshall, combine with the points and lines earned in Battlestars. Basic elements from Wheel of Fortune and Match Game are folded in. Contents are put into a six-chamber ice tray and chilled. Served with luncheon meats by ABC. As with almost all Merrill Heatter game shows, All-Star Blitz's front game pitted two contestants who vied to agree or disagree with a celebrity's response. Rather than squares or triangles, this show centered around rectangles (or oblongs, depending on your point of view). Within these rectangles was a popular phrase of an indeterminate number of words. (The audience got to know how many words were in that puzzle, but the contestants never did.) To start play, a contestant selected a celebrity and a corner of one of the rectangles. No celebrity bluffed (as was common with The Hollywood Squares), but chose an answer from a handful of possibilities. The contestant either agreed or disagreed, which determined if the contestant kept control or watched the other opponent ask for a celebrity and a corner. A corner that would reveal part of a puzzle had to be earned with a correct agree/disagree response. One the four corners of a rectangle were lit, part of the puzzle was revealed. The contestant could guess or not. Of course, if he/she guessed wrong, control passed to the other contestant. It took two correct puzzle solutions to win the game and a prize package of $3500-$4000. But the front game prize was not yet secure. The end game revolved around a wheel which the contestant spun four times in hopes of solving another word puzzle and a cash jackpot of $10,000 or more. Where the wheel landed, the rectangle revealed a section. Of course, he/she could land on the same section more than once and lessen the chance of a successful guess. If, after four spins, less than four sections of the puzzle were revealed, the contestant had the option of surrendering the prize won in the front game for an additional spin and, hopefully, payback at the puzzle board. The celebrities privately write their possible solutions down (a trait from Match Game) just in case the contestant doesn't guess the puzzle correctly in ten seconds or less. If the contestant fails, he/she picks up $250 for each of the celebrities who got the puzzle right. Not a very promising end game, especially because it grew only by $2,500 each time it was missed. And ABC wanted a salary cap that made the maximum value of an end game $25,000. It was an awfully tough game to play.moreless
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