Celebrity Time

CBS (ended 1952)




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Celebrity Time was a quiz show with a variety element that gradually morphed into a full-fledged variety program. Celebrity panelists were paired with contestants to form teams that competed to answer questions. Clues were frequently provided short sketches or performances by guest stars. Over time, the entertainment segments came to dominate the program with the quiz element taking a back seat. Facing stiff competition from The Red Skelton Show, the series dumped the quiz business entirely in the spring of 1952, morphing into a straight variety show. The series began as a local New York program and underwent a number of title and host changes early on. When it began in November 1948, it was called The Eyes Have It and hosted by newsman Douglas Edwards. Briefly and quickly, the title became Stop, Look and Listen with host Paul Galico. It had been airing for only a month when, in December 1948, the title changed to Riddle Me This and actor Paul Nagel was installed as host. It with this title and host that it debuted on the CBS network in January 1949. Nagel remained as host during the program's entire network run, but the title changed one more time to Celebrity Time beginning on 3/20/1949. (When B.F. Goodrich sponsored the program, it was called Goodrich Celebrity Time.) The program aired briefly on CBS before jumping to to ABC in March 1949 where it ran for a year. Celebrity Time returned to CBS in April 1950, where it remained for the remainder of its run.moreless