Celebrity Bowling

(ended 1978)




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Celebrity Bowling

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Through the years, celebrities have been invited to play a number of sports, such as billiards, golf and tennis. In the early 1970s, it was bowling's turn to enter the celebrity spotlight. Hence, Celebrity Bowling. A specially-constructed two-lane alley (inside the studios of Los Angeles' KTTV-TV studios) was Celebrity Bowling's centerpiece. Four celebrities, competing in two teams of two, played for members of the studio audience. The rules were nearly 100 percent identical to regulation bowling, with a few tweaks added in. One member of his/her team rolled the first ball in his/her alley, after which a member of the opposing team took a turn. If neither of the first rolls were a strike, the partner of the bowler knocking over the most pins in roll No. 1 then attempted to make the easier of the two spares (e.g., 1-2-4 would be easier than a 7-10 split). Ten frames were played in this manner, with the celebrities switching positions for each frame. After 10 frames (or if a lead was insurmountable before then), prizes were awarded to the celebrities' respective studio audience partners based on performance. Scoring 210 or better won the lucky audience member a new car. Various histories on this show - Web- and print-based - indicate a long list of celebrity bowlers. Some of the bowlers included Steve Allen, Ed Ames, Army Archerd, Ed Asner, Danny Bonaduce, Sid Caesar, David Cassidy, Sammy Davis Jr., Richard Dawson, Phyllis Diller, Michael Douglas, Victor French, Virginia Graham, Ron Howard, Tom Kennedy, Christopher Knight, Ted Knight, Michael Landon, Paul Lynde, Dick Martin, Wink Martindale, Jayne Meadows, Rita Moreno, Charles Nelson Reilly, Gary Owens, Roy Rogers, Cesar Romero, William Shatner, Brett Somers, McLean Stevenson, Richard Thomas, Brenda Vaccaro, Mitch Vogel, Lyle Waggoner, Adam West, Barry Williams and many others. Celebrity Bowling ran for 7 1/2 seasons in syndication. Usually, the celebrities bowled on the weekends (weekend airings, usually before or after sporting events to fill in time). Celebrity Bowling enjoyed a one-season revival in 1987 as The New Celebrity Bowling.moreless