One of the things that made the celeb-studded classic The Match Game so darned entertaining was its propensity for being raunchy. So when TBS announced that it was making a contemporary version of the show, it knew it had to get some potty-mouthed comics on its celebrity panels.
Well they're clearly on the right track. Sarah Silverman (The Sarah Silverman Show) and Norm Macdonald (Saturday Night Live) have signed on to be on the Match Game pilot, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Both comics are known for their off-color pasts, delivering politically incorrect barbs as part of their acts. The two will join Super Dave Osborne, The Kids in the Hall's Scott Thompson, The Office's Rashida Jones, and Reno 911's Niecy Nash.
Amick is joining the cast as "a sizzling cougar named Catherine Mason," according to EW.com. The site says that Catherine may play Mrs ...Read more
This is the classic edition of the ultimate classic game show that most people came to know and love. Originally intended to be simply an expanded CBS-TV remake of the popular 1962-1969 NBC-TV game show called The Star-Studded Big Money MATCH GAME 73 (and it's annual updates) soon it's grown into a bonafide, no-holds-barred comedy fest, full of innuendos, double-entendres, pouting celebrities and much more debuts including one as the show's return on June 25-29, 1973 on CBS-TV. Host Gene Rayburn played straight man to the antics of the 6-star panel but frequently aided the fun. The game itself as straightforward. 2 contestants and that includes a returning champion are both competed. The challenger chose 1 of the questions (marked "A" & "B") in 2 Rounds (marked "1" & "2") for which Rayburn read the question. While the questions were rather pedestrian early in the run (e.g., "Name a foreign car"), the questions quickly grew wild and wacky. Frequently, the questions involved a recurring list of characters such as Dumb Donald, Weird Willie and Old Man Periwinkle (the latter brilliantly portrayed by Rayburn); celebrities, politicians and news events of the time are also the butt of many of the questions. For example: "Wendy the waitress really likes it if you give her good tips. Give her a $10 bill, she'll put a sliced cherry in your drink. Don't tip her and she'll put in a _____." It's that really a blanked answer to the question and all the six(6) celebrities separately write their own answers on it's own light blue index cards. The Challenger and Later The Champion then asked for his/her answer. One by one, Rayburn – who frequently critiqued the contestant's answer (he or she might say "cherry bomb" or "cyanide," which would be the definitive answer, while "dirt" would be a rotten answer) – then the audience criticized each celebrity for his or her answer to match it. The Challenger and Later The Champion scored 1 Match. 2 Rounds are played with the challenger going 1st in the second round of questions (or the champion if the challenger matched all 6 stars); celebrities who matched a Challenger, The Champion or Both Matched Separately in the 1st round whom don't played for the 2nd & Last Round question for the Challenger and Later The Champion. The Person in the lead (Possible Total of 6 Matches) after 2 Rounds wins the game and collects $100 and played the Big Money SUPER MATCH. A Tie-Breaker Game is played if necessary (marked "TIE") with the same gameplay like as before. If the tie isn't broken after two(2) Tie-Breaker Games, then a sudden-death fill-in-the-blank tiebreaker is played. A fill-in-the-blank phrase (e.g., _____ Bunny) is shown; The Challenger & The Champion are write their response and the celebrities were called from Gene Rayburn for their answers. The 1st Person to match wins the game. In the highly unlikely event that both The Challenger & The Champion are provided to Match nor There's still No Match, then (after a typical Rayburn comment like, "Gee, we're really doing well, aren't we?") The sudden-death Tie-Breaker is played again until There's a MATCH. The sudden-death format is used right away for ties in the weekly syndicated MATCH GAME pm (because of time constraints) that started after the 1975-1976 season only regulars Richard Dawson, Brett Somers and Charles Nelson Reilly are played. The Super Match is played in 2 parts. In the 1st part (dubbed The Audience Match), Rayburn read a fill-in-the-blank phrase question in which had been given to a previous studio audience of 100 people (e.g., Cookie ______). The contestant asked 3 celebrities 1 At a time for suggested answers after which he or she could choose 1 of 3 Answers made by 3 Different Stars or Come up with 1 of his or her own. The 3 Top answers are all listed with the No. 3 choice worth $100, the 2nd-Most popular worth $250 and the Top choice worth $500. If the champion matched 1 of the top 3 answers, he/she wins the cash award and played The Head-to-Head Match for 10 times the cash award (equals ergo: $1000, $2500 or $5000). The Champion choose 1 celebrity, who's given an fill-in-the-blank phrase question as before. If there's an exact match from the star, the champion wins the Big Money. Even if the champion didn't match with the star, the champion kept his/her Audience Match winnings and faced a new challenger. Players returned until defeated or surpassing CBS-TV's $25,000 winnings limit (done just once in 1979 on 1 of these 10 unaired shows after "MATCH GAME 79" cancelled on CBS-TV). Richard Dawson is initially the only regular MATCH GAME 73-78 celebrity; Charles Nelson Reilly and Brett Somers became regulars in September 1973. Dawson is far and away the most popular Head-to-Head Match celebrity partner (one history of the show reported he's responsibile for greater than $1 Million in the champion's winnings). In 1976 as the show then called MATCH GAME 76 Dawson parlayed his success in the highly-successful ABC-TV run of "THE FAMILY FEUD." On June 28, 1978...The Star Wheel is added to the SUPER MATCH on MATCH GAME 78 which the champion spins to determine his or her celebrity partner. If the wheel stopped on certain areas of the wheel called the gold star area (designated "DOUBLE"), the champion played for 20 times their 1 of the 3 Cash awards (up to $10,000 on the CBS-TV show & The New MATCH GAME; $20,000 on MATCH GAME pm); otherwise, they played for their regular jackpot. Some fans of the show believe the addition of the Star Wheel that hastened Dawson's departure from the show on August 23, 1978 and though that's purely speculation. MATCH GAME 73 as fans came to know, had many classic moments during its 7 Season run on CBS-TV (too many to list here). The show also spawned a successful syndicated entry (the once-a-week MATCH GAME pm, which offered even higher cash prizes). After the CBS-TV show (and then called MATCH GAME 79) cancelled on April 20, 1979. 5 Months later it continued its life as the new 5-day/night-a-week entry as "The New MATCH GAME" Released on September 10-14, 1979 that series continued through September 10, 1982. A short-lived pairing with The Hollywood Squares in 1983-1984 on NBC-TV plus 2 self-contained revivals (ABC-TV in 1990-1991 and Syndicated TV in 1998-1999), soon followed. None managed to recapture the audience (nor particularly in the latter edition, the magic) of the one-of-a-kind original. Reruns of the classic MATCH GAME 73-79 have perpetually been among the highest-rated shows on Game Show Network (now GSN).
THE BROADCAST HISTORY of MATCH GAME 73: June 25-December 31, 1973 at 3:30-4:00pm on CBS-TV
MATCH GAME 74: January 2-December 31, 1974 at 3:30-4:00pm on CBS-TV
MATCH GAME 75: January 2-August 15, 1975 at 3:30-4:00pm on CBS-TV
August 18-November 28, 1975 at 3:00-3:30pm on CBS-TV
December 1-31, 1975 at 3:30-4:00pm on CBS-TV
MATCH GAME 76: January 2-December 31, 1976 at 3:30-4:00pm on CBS-TV
MATCH GAME 77: January 3-November 4, 1977 at 3:30-4:00pm on CBS-TV
November 7-December 16, 1977 at 11:00-11:30am on CBS-TV
December 19, 1977-January 3, 1978 at 4:00-4:30pm on CBS-TV
MATCH GAME 78 : January 4, 1978-January 2, 1979 at 4:00-4:30pm on CBS-TV
MATCH GAME 79 : January 3-April 20, 1979 at 4:00-4:30pm on CBS-TV.
Syndicated on every TV Market from September 10, 1979 to September 10, 1982 and Distributed By JIM VICTORY TELEVISION, INC.
"MATCH GAME 73-79" is A MARK GOODSON-BILL TODMAN PRODUCTION in association with The CBS-TV Network.moreless