CBS (ended 1975)


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From time to time, game shows that represent little more than time fillers have dotted the daytime schedule. Rote gameplay and little else signified such games. The majority of viewers and critics apparently saw Give-n-Take as such an example. Airing in the fall of 1975, this short-lived game show was a takeoff of blackjack, using prizes as the "playing cards," so to speak. Four female contestants, each seated around a large eight-space spinner (an LED display designed a la a game-board spinner), competed; each was given an up-prize to start and dollar value announced. For example, one contestant might receive a $400 women's wardrobe, while another gets a $300 air conditioner, another $250 in beauty treatments and the fourth a $550 camera package. After Johnny Jacobs described another prize (no dollar value announced this time), host Lange then read a general-knowledge question; the first to respond correctly won five spaces on the board. The other lucky contestants got one apiece. Then the real fun began. The spinner began to go into motion (complete with sound effects), and the player signify when she wanted to stop the spinner by pressing her buzzer. The wheel eventually slowed to a halt, and wherever it landed, the player who controlled that space could either keep the prize or pass it to one of her opponents. Play then repeated in the same fashion for a number of questions, with a new prize described. The idea was to build a prize package of as close to $5,000 without going over. Since they did not know the total retail value of their prizes, a player could freeze at any point if they feared they had gone over (they were not eligible to receive future prizes). The player who had the package that was closest to $5,000 won their prize package (the others lost their gifts) and she advanced to the bonus round. This bonus round really was a no-brainer and all luck. She was given one final spin, and if the arrow landed in a pre-selected space (a 1-in-8 shot), they won $5,000 plus the other prizes that their opponents had received during that game (about $15,000-$20,000). A player competed for up to five days or until reaching CBS's $25,000 limit. Like it was said, rote gameplay and low ratings meant Give-n-Take was little more than a time filler. After its replacement—a newly-expanded, hour-long version of The Price is Right—began airing, CBS never gave up ground in the daytime ratings wars again, though did plenty of taking. TRIVIA: This was a Bill Carruthers game show. His next show The Neighbors was also female contestants only as well. He finally welcomed men on his following show Second Chance. Otherwise if he'd kept his ladies only policy, the game show world would've never had a Paul Michael Larsen, since Second Chance became Press Your Luck.moreless