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    Jeopardy!

    Jeopardy!

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    "This... is... Jeopardy!"America's top-rated syndicated quiz show entered into its 29th season on September 17, 2012. Many subscribing stations have renewed the show through Season 32 (2015-2016). The show was originally created in the 1960s by Merv Griffin, a famed television host, musician, and actor. Irritated by the impossibility of trying to create a quiz show because of scandals that had taken place involving that genre, Griffin was inspired by a suggestion from his wife Julann to create a show wherein contestants were presented with clues in the form of answers, and had to phrase their responses in the form of a question. He originally was going to title the program What's the Question?, but ended up discarding that original title when a skeptical NBC network producer rejected his original concept, claiming, "It doesn't have enough jeopardies." The original Jeopardy!series premiered on March 30, 1964, as a daytime program on NBC. With Art Fleming as host and Don Pardo as announcer, that series continued to air until January 3, 1975, and also spawned a weekly syndicated version that aired within the 1974-1975 season. Later came a revival, The All-New Jeopardy!, which ran from October 2, 1978 through March 2, 1979; for this version, Fleming was joined by announcer John Harlan. The most successful incarnation of Jeopardy! is the current syndicated version, which has aired continuously since September 10, 1984, featuring the Canadian-born Alex Trebek as its host, joined by announcer Johnny Gilbert. This particular version of the program has lived up to its slogan as "America's Favorite Quiz Show," with over 6,000 episodes aired, and currently averages 25 million viewers per week. The show has featured over 10,000 different contestants over the course of its 29-year run, and a host of prominent personalities - including royalty, Presidents, film stars, television personalities, famous athletes, and Nobel laureates - have either presented special clues or appeared as contestants on the show. Since its premiere, the syndicated version ofJeopardy! has outlived 300 other game shows, won a record 30 Daytime Emmy Awards and a Peabody Award, and gained a worldwide following with a multitude of international adaptations. In addition, both TV Guideand the Game Show Network (GSN) have ranked it #2 on their respective lists of the 50 greatest game shows of all time. The longevity of Jeopardy!'s popularity has led it to being referenced and parodied in many television shows, films, and works of literature over the years, including such popular programs asSaturday Night Live, The Simpsons, Cheers, and The Golden Girls. Educators throughout the United States have created their own versions of the quiz show's game to encourage student participation in class, and even IBM has used the show to exhibit its artificial intelligence system "Watson" and have it compete against two of the show's finest champions in a "man versus machine" competition.moreless
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    The Hollywood Squares (1966)

    The Hollywood Squares (1966)

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    Welcome to The Hollywood Squares guide at TV.com. After 2 failed multi-star games (People Will Talk and The Celebrity Game), Game show executive producers Merrill Heatter-Bob Quigley finally hit pay dirt with THE HOLLYWOOD SQUARES. The centerpiece of this classic game show was essentially a huge tic-tac-toe board. In each of the nine squares that sat a star (or often, more than one), armed with bluffs and quips aplenty. The show made it's debut on NBC-TV Daytime on Monday-Friday October 17-21, 1966. Actor-Comedian Peter Marshall served as "The Master of THE HOLLYWOOD SQUARES" acting both as the straight man & the abettor to the fun. 2 contestants which is including a returning champion compete in A Best 2-out-of-3 match of Tic-Tac-Toe. The male contestant is "Mr. X" (The "X") & The female is "Miss/Ms. Circle" (The "O"). In turn, each contestant picks a star to which "The Master" Marshall reads a question. Many of the stars gave zany bluffs (joke answers aka "Zingers") before coming up with the actual answer; sometimes they also gave a funny explanation. It's up to the contestant to figure it out when the answer to the question by saying "I Agree" or "I Disagree" with the star. A Correct judgment wins the contestant gets the square otherwise An Wrong Judgment meant the contestant gets the square. That's unless it leads to win Tic-Tac-Toe for which the contestant willing to earn him/herself in order to win the square. The 1st Contestant to complete a tic-tac-toe (3 Stars Across: Left & Right, Up & Down or Diagonally & Sideways or Otherwise 5-6 Squares on NBC-TV) win the game/match & collects the cash, which varied concerning on the show's portion: • NBC-TV Daytime: $100 per game+($300+100=$400 Bonus)=$500 per match up to $2500 (October 17, 1966-February 10, 1967) & The New Car. $200 per game, $400 per match up to $2000 & The New Car from February 13, 1967 to June 20, 1980. • NBC-TV Nighttime (1968 ) : $300 per game. • Syndicated (1971-1981): $250 per game. The Certain Games are designated as the Secret Square games (see below), which is a bonus prize (or prize package & early on with the additional cash) for the contestant who'll wins everything. To Win The Secret Square Prize Package, The contestant will picks the star (up to this/that point, known only to the home audience at the shot of Color Television Camera to Make A Close-Up on 1 of The 9 Stars) for which Marshall reads a special Hollywood multiple choice question. If the contestant's correct by agreeing or disagreeing the right or wrong, he or she wins The Secret Square Prize Package. On NBC-TV Daytime: The prizes (as well as Cash) can win on "The Secret Square" for The 1st, 2nd or The Rubber Game of The Match for the cash & prize package is worth started about & exactly $1000 from October 17 to December 30, 1966 and begins increasing the total within $1000 Greater or Less from January 3, 1967 to June 20, 1980 (especially if a trip, fur coat or boat are included) and before being itself collected. • NBC-TV Nighttime (Friday Night January 12-September 13, 1968 ) : The 1st 2 Secret Square on the show. The 1st Prize is generally a trip (either around the world to Europe or South America) & The 2nd & Last Prize is A New Car (most frequently The 1968 Pontiac Firebird though the Oldsmobile Cutlass and AMC AMX are also offered). • Syndicated (Nighttime & Weekday/Night) : In The 1st 2 Seasons (1971-1973), The 1st 2 Games of each & every week, Season 3 to 7: The 1st 3 Games (1973-1978 ). At 1st, The Losing Secret Square Prize Packages going up to 2-3 Games of the show and losing it when the contestant made the star's answer to the Secret Square Question by Agreeing or Disagreeing Wrong. At first, each Secret Square is worth about $2000 but later, All individual prize packages are worth as much as $7000! Later in the nighttime syndicated run (Seasons 8 & 9: 1978-1980 ) The Secret Square goes to Games 1, 2 (and later 3) are used in separate style in Season 8 when "The Bonus Prize Squares" is added to the nighttime syndicated edition along with NBC-TV Daytime Edition. At 1st, There's No Bonus Game from October 17, 1966 to September 3, 1976; The Returning Champions simply faced The New Challenger before the commercial break & Finally on September 6-10, 1976, The New "Bonus Prize Squares" game is added & where's the champion to picks the star and win an merchandise item or additional cash prize ($500 to $5000) and in the 1978-1979 Season of the show, The Same merchandise items or the cash prizes are doubled ($1000 to $10,000 in 1979-1980). Originally, A 5-Match Champion Undefeated also winning $2000 (Earlier $2500) & A New Car to Leaves the show from October 17, 1966 to January 2, 1976. The Bonus Award are upped handsomely on January 5-9, 1976 as called "THE WHOLE THING" and this/that include 2 cars (always at least one very nice car, such as the Chevrolet Caprice Classic or Pontiac Grand Prix), 1 Cruise Ship & $5000 cash for early of it's own period (On January 3-7, 1977, the winners win 1 Car, 1 Cruise Ship & $10,000 Cash) are totaled $25,000 (Earlier it's all totaled $20,000). • NBC nighttime: The contestant in the leads to win A Bonus Prize – usually a TV/stereo console or a new kitchen. Average value is about $1500. • Syndicated: The contestant in the leads to win a new car – always an economy car (such as the Chevrolet Vega or Datsun B210). Also, in The NBC Nighttime & Syndicated Portions, when time expired in the middle of the game (with the sound of the horn aka "The Tacky Buzzer"), each contestant is given $50 for each square they've got after the last question is answered & played (unless a contestant got a tic-tac-toe); even contestants who didn't win any cash were given $100 just for competing. Virtually every major star from every genre – Television, Movies, Music, Sports, Fashion, Regular Experts, New York's Broadway & Other Local Shows in The U.S. of the 1960s through early 1980s are stopped by with their star quips (zingers) & bluffs. Hollywood legends also appeared as cameos either as the star's squares or sit-ins. The Most Popular Regulars (SQUARE OWNERS) are Rose Marie, Charley Weaver (1966-1974), Wally Cox (1967-1973), Morey Amsterdam (1967-1969), Abby Dalton (1967-1970), George Gobel (1974-1981) and ... of course, the all-time center square Paul Lynde (1968-1981). Paul Lynde – by the way – He's not always the center square as he didn't become the permanent occupant of that space up to the weekday broadcast of October 14-18, 1968. Before Lynde the permanent center square, comedian Buddy Hackett was the most common star to sit in the center square (on the nighttime edition in 1968). Lynde was the center square on nearly every broadcast until he left on August 20-24, 1979; he returned to the center square for a part of the 1980-1981 Las Vegas syndicated season and was a special guest for not sitting the same center square, but sitting the different square for the final syndicated episode on September 11, 1981. Ernest Borgnine was the center square during the debut weekday broadcast of October 17-21, 1966, while Wayland Flowers & Madame was the NBC daytime show's last center square on the last weekday broadcast of June 16-20, 1980 and George Gobel was the last syndicated-version center square on September 7-11, 1981. On November 1-7 1971, a syndicated nighttime portion of The Hollywood Squares released. At first, the show was once-a-week, but once the show proved popular, it quickly expanded to a twice-a-week show starting on September 11-17 1972. 3 Months after the last NBC daytime show aired on June 20, 1980, the production of The Hollywood Squares moved to Las Vegas and the show expanded to five-day-a-week. The expanded syndicated format lasted one season (September 8, 1980-September 11, 1981) with a repeat of the last NBC-TV 1979-1980 Daytime Season for the 1981-1982 Season and being Distributed by RHODES PRODUCTIONS-A Filmways Company. 3 Theme songs of The Hollywood Squares are all used. The 1st Theme (1966-1969) called "The Silly Song" is composed by (The Late) Jimmie Haskell. Beginning in the 1969-1970 season (Season 4) and it's replaced by a musical piece is composed by (The Late) William Loose for known to game show aficionados as "Merrill and Bob's Theme," It's The 2nd Theme of The Hollywood Squares is mostly identified and it ended before & after the 1978-1979 season (Season 13.) The Disco-Flavored Theme called "The Hollywood Bowl" is composed by (The Late) Stan Worth (who wrote many TV theme songs) became The 3rd & Last Theme Song Starting on September 10-14, 1979 & Finishing it on September 11, 1981. "THE HOLLYWOOD SQUARES" broadcasted on NBC-TV Daytime and cancelled severely on June 16-20, 1980, when it's replaced by David Letterman's ultimately unsuccessful daytime talk-variety show on June 23-27, 1980. 3 Remarks are all having tries for success including a brief marriage to Match Game in 1983-1984 (as THE MATCH GAME/HOLLYWOOD SQUARES HOUR); A 1986-1989 Syndicated entry hosted by frequent original The Hollywood Squares Square Placer John Davidson (as The New HOLLYWOOD SQUARES) & The 1998-2004 Edition (as HOLLYWOOD SQUARES "H2") hosted by talk show personality Tom Bergeron (Fresh out of WBZ-TV NBC "Now CBS 4" Boston's "PEOPLE ARE TALKING"). From April 2002 to October 2003, reruns of the Peter Marshall-hosted Hollywood Squares ran on Game Show Network (and now GSN); the package included 14 NBC-TV primetime and 116 syndicated episodes (130 total). Originally having aired in several weekday/night timeslots, the show is eventually downgraded to weekend-only airings (at 10:30-11:00 AM EDT). Despite a promising start and wide promotion, the reruns never drew high ratings or young audiences (in part because many to most of the stars have died in the same & different years or are really too unfamiliar to younger viewers) and are all eventually replaced with reruns of the Tom Bergeron Hollywood Squares edition right through August 31, 2007. On March 30-April 3, 2009 "(The All-New) HOLLYWOOD SQUARES" has came back to GSN-play everyday to the lineup for GSN LIVE. In 2010 The Show now seen on weekends featuring the 1st 2 Seasons of "HOLLYWOOD Squares" from 1998 to 2000 and soon after it's gone for good. The Broadcast History of THE HOLLYWOOD SQUARES: {NBC Daytime} October 17, 1966-October 1, 1976 Monday-Friday at 11:30 AM-12NOON Eastern October 4, 1976-September 29, 1978 Monday-Friday at 10:30-11:00 AM October 2, 1978-March 2, 1979 Monday–Friday at 1:00-1:30 PM (or 4:00-4:30 PM) March 5-August 10, 1979 Monday-Friday at 12:30-1:00 PM August 13, 1979-June 20, 1980 Monday–Friday at 10:30-11:00 AM. {NBC Nighttime} January 12-September 13, 1968 – 9:30-10:00 PM Friday. {Syndicated} November 1, 1971-September 11, 1981 – Various nights at 7:30-8:00 PM Eastern (Monday-Saturday) & 5:30-6:00 PM Eastern (Sunday) and for the last 2 seasons for Weekdays/Weeknights at various times which depending on market and Distributed by RHODES PRODUCTIONS-A Filmways Company. "THE HOLLYWOOD SQUARES (1966)" is A MERRILL HEATTER (hQ) BOB QUIGLEY PRODUCTION-A Filmways Company. Now This Show Owned by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Television.moreless
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    Fear Factor

    Fear Factor

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    NBC (ended 2012)
    "Imagine a world where your greatest fears become reality." In each pulse-racing "Fear Factor" episode, contestants recruited across the country battle in extreme stunts. These stunts are designed to challenge the contestants both physically and mentally. If a player is too afraid to complete or fails a stunt, the player is eliminated. If they succeed, they are one step closer to the grand prize: $50,000.moreless
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    Love in the Wild

    Love in the Wild

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    Prospective couples are placed in exotic locations and put to the test with multiple challenges in order to see if a romance can bloom.
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    American Ninja Warrior

    American Ninja Warrior

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    Athletes from across America try to conquer an obstacle course. The top ten athletes travel to Japan to compete in Ninja Warrior (the Japanese original). Their main task ahead is to make it to the top of Sasuke, a 150ft tall metal monster obstacle. As of 2009 only 4 people in Ninja Warrior's 12 year historyhave made it to the top.moreless
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    The Match Game

    The Match Game

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    NBC (ended 1969)
    You mean there's a Match Game back in the 1960s? Yes it sure is. But this 1st incarnation of what became one of the most popular wild game shows ever is a quite different creature to say the least. Y'see, this edition of The MATCH GamE employed a staid but reliable format that earned the show a 7-season run and guaranteed host of The MATCH GamE Gene Rayburn a permanent place in game show history. Debuting Monday December 31, 1962 on NBC-TV "In Living Color", The MATCH GamE pitted 2 teams of 3 players each (2 contestants each paired with a star team captain for a total of 6 contestants). Rayburn posed a simple question (e.g., "Name a green vegetable" or "To a rich man, ($)_______ dollars is nothing."). Each team member without consulting the others writes his/her response on an index card with a crayon. Rayburn then calls for each player's answer, one at a time. The teams earn points for each correct answer as thus: * Two players match: (10 points from December 31, 1962 to February 8, 1963) 25 points (February 11, 1963-September 26, 1969). * All three players match: (20 points) 50 points. Play alternates between the 2 teams until 1 scores 100 points or greater than that win. The winning contestants shared $100+ and to go on to play The Audience Match. In The Audience Match, the team tried to predict the Secret No. 1 answer of a 100-member polling group (usually, a previous studio audience, but it could also other groups such as women or college students and on January 2, 1964 The Number of People that totaled 100 of less than that). The questions are like before and each player tried to guess the "Best Answer" to match. Rewards were paid thusly: * One correct match: $50. * Two correct matches: $100. * All three right matches: $150. The highest possible payout is $450 making the game's possible maximum winnings $550+. The teams play the game again with the new game. Starting on March 27-31, 1967, The Telephone Match is added, where a home viewer is called and asked to match his answer to a question with the answer from a pre-selected audience member by a number up to 100-plus audience members. The two players share a growing cash jackpot for matching answers – $500 plus(+) $100 per day until it's an correct match. The MATCH GamE cancelled it's long 7-Season run on Friday September 26, 1969 on NBC-TV along with Bob Stewart's "Eye Guess" & "Personality" & Ralph Andrews' "You Don't Say" and but don't expect to see very many episodes on GSN (the old Game Show Network). Thanks to NBC's practice of reusing videotapes to record shows (and since The MATCH GamE was aired live in the beginning) only 11 episodes - all but a set of 5 couples of Black & White Kinescopes from 1963 to 1965 - are known to exist. A color video studio master from 1969 also is rumored to be around but hasn't been repeated. As we all know, The MATCH GamE returned nearly 4 years later in 1973 on CBS-TV in what'll become a much funnier contest called MATCH GAME 73 (1973). That's not to say there were plenty of funny, classic moments on this 1st Edition. A note on the episode guide: since the show ran Monday-Friday of each week, and the guests were the same for all 5 days, each episode listed is actually a week's worth of episodes (1752 in all). The MATCH GamE is "A Mark Goodson-Bill Todman Production" in association with the NBC-TV Network. The Broadcast Report of The MATCH GamE: December 31, 1962-September 26, 1969, NBC-TV Monday-Friday at 4:00-4:25 p.m. in Living Color. *The 1st theme song was "A Swingin' Safari" written by Bert Kaempfert from December 31, 1962 to September 1, 1967. *The 2nd theme song called "The MATCH GamE" is performed by The Score Production Band from September 4, 1967 to September 26, 1969. In the later edition of The MATCH GAME (1979-1982) they also has a portion of the show were if they had time left they would play a game with the audience. The question is read and the one panelist will write an answer and the person in the audience will guess and if they got it write they will get $50.moreless
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    Hollywood Game Night

    Hollywood Game Night

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    The series won 2 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program - Jane Lynch.
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    America's Most Talented Kids

    America's Most Talented Kids

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    NBC (ended 2006)
    The antidote for the cutthroat vote-'em-off-the-island reality shows (i.e. Survivor and Big Brother) and brutal talent shows (American Idol) so popular in the early 2000's was this sweet show, in which fresh faced, talented youngsters age three to 15 strutted their stuff before an adoring audience. The kids were divided into three categories, three to seven, eight to 12, and 13 to 15, with three contestants in each category competing each week. They could do anything-sing, dance, rap, play an instrument-while parents lovingly watched and boyish host Mario Lopez and the audience clapped, laughed and offered encouragement. At the end of the performances in each category the judges punched in their scores for talent and showmanship, and the contestant with the highest average score advanced to the next round. There was no cutting remarks or evaluations, although at the end of each round the judges offered a few comments on how great the kids were. Lance Bass (of *NSYNC fame) was the solo permanent judge, joined each week by two guest judges such as rapper Sisqo, former Brady Buncher Maureen McCormick, Jermaine Jackson and Daisy Fuentes.

    Almost every kid in the contest was rated a 9 or better on a ten-point scale, and make no mistake they were quite talented. An endless parade pint- rappers and tiny tykes with booming voices were seen each week. Occasionally one was a bit bizarre, such as the spike-haired white teenager who gave an impassioned delivery of "We Shall Overcome" while black rapper Sisqo looked on in disbelief.

    The honor of being AMTK's first winner, fell to a mega-talented young lady, 12 year old guitarist/songwriter Cheyenne Kimball, who took home the Grand Prize of $50,000.

    The final NBC episode was a special contest & that it was called America's Most Talented Senior, where 10 seniors (from 60+) competed for a $25,000 prze.

    Show History: This show was originally a limited-run Friday night summer series on NBC in 2003. After it's first season it was not picked up for the fall line-up. In early May 2004 PAX announced the series return as a part of their 2004-2005 season schedule.

    In the Pax version, Dave Coulier became the new host, along with three new regular judges. This time, 7 contestants competed each week & the winner won $1,000 + a shot at the championship for a family trip to Jamaica and other nice prizes. If there was a tie (happened many times), the celebrities would write down the name of who they liked.

    Season Two Promo: From the schoolyard to the stage come "America's Most Talented Kids!" The one-hour musical variety show puts the spotlight on amazing child performers who compete for a chance at stardom. Bringing a unique element to the competition, these fresh, young contestants will be judged by people they can really relate to – today's hottest child stars.

    Nielsen Ratings: Season One (Mid-season 2003): #63 9.70 millionmoreless
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    Deal or No Deal

    Deal or No Deal

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    NBC (ended 2009)
    NBC brings the high stakes international hit game show Deal or No Deal to American audiences. Actor-comedian Howie Mandel hosts the exciting game of odds and chance.
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    America's Toughest Jobs

    America's Toughest Jobs

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    NBC (ended 2008)
    This NBC reality project spotlights the action and adventure found in this country's workforce. It is a competition series where each week 13 men and women must work on physically demanding jobs. Each week a contestant will be eliminated if his or her work is not up to par. The last remaining worker will receive the combined annual salaries of the jobs in the competition.moreless
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    The Winner Is...

    The Winner Is...

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    Last Comic Standing

    Last Comic Standing

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    A nationwide talent search accepting the best professional and non-professional stand-up comedians. Once the selection process is narrowed to 10, the show covers the contestants as they live together and compete for an exclusive contract with NBC, and to be called the Last Comic Standing.

    In Season 3 ("The Battle of the Best"), the object of the contest was the first season's 10 finalists versus second season's 10 finalists. No immunity challenges this time, or time spent showing the comics living together. It's pure stand-up.

    Rating: TV-14moreless
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    Great American Road Trip

    Great American Road Trip

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    Does the thought of a family road trip fill you with dread? NBC has come up with a way to appeal to American's competitive spirits with this reality series. Seven families will drive cross-country to popular national destinations and compete in physical challenges.moreless
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    Average Joe

    Average Joe

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    NBC (ended 2005)
    The series involves an ex-beauty queen/NFL cheerleader who's lead to believe she'll be on a dating show where she'll get to pick from a group of handsome men, a la "The Bachelorette." The first twist comes when she arrives and discovers the guys are actually "Average Joes." In the first season, the bachlorette is Melana Scantlin. NBC Studios is behind the series which will contain original twists and turns for the current dating/reality genre. Specifics however where not revealed. In the show, each week the beauty learns about her suitors during group and individual dates, as she determines which one might be her soul mate. She faces tough decisions as she must eliminate some guys in order to focus on those she has the most chemistry with. As the host and confindant, Kathy Griffin will offer her take on the behaviors and personalities af the men and is on hand to introduce the many twists and turns the show takes. The Peacock has committed to six episodes of the reality series from Executive Producers Stuart Krasnow ("America's Most Talented Kid") and Andrew Glassman (CNBC). Kathy Griffin ("The Mole") will host the project which, like FOX's "Mr. Personality" will test how important looks are in the dating process. Average Joe 2: Hawaii Hot on the heels of this Fall's hit Average Joe, NBC premieres the second installment of the series, Average Joe: Hawaii, on Monday, January 5 (10-11 p.m. ET). This new series was taped before the first series ever aired, thus protecting the twist. "As soon as we saw the first tapes of the original ‘Average Joe,' we knew there was rich potential for a second helping of this twisted take on the dating show. The fact that we taped both series before either hit the air allows for the surprise twists to hit the new participants with the same impact they had on the original show," said Zucker. In this new series, the crown of "Average Joe's" former beauty queen and NFL cheerleader Melana Scantlin is passed on to another former Miss USA contestant and model - Larissa Meek, who is swept away to a secluded island paradise with the promise of romance to be found among a group of 18 Prince Charmings. With no way of knowing the secret twist to "Average Joe" in advance, our new beauty must decide how to proceed when she meets the unexpected group of guys with big personalities, but admittedly average looks, ranging from a 5-foot-3 engineer to 340 pound sewage contractor. While finding themselves on what one dismayed ‘Average Joe' describes as "nerd island," the guys happily greet their beauty unaware that in a few short weeks a group of eight traditional dating-show-studs will join the competition to vie for her affection. As the series proceeds, new takes on the twists of "Average Joe" are in store for the audience along with brand new dramatic surprises; and tensions between the two groups of men reach new levels in several emotionally charged ‘joe' vs. ‘jock' showdowns. Average Joe 3: Adam Returns NBC will be premiering the third season of the series, Average Joe: Adam Returns, on Monday, March 15 (10:00 PM). The new season will be having new twists, and the biggest one would probably be Adam Mesh's return to the show. After Melana Scantlin's choice to take Jason as a winner on Average Joe's first season finale, instead of Adam, Adam's fans sent a big number of e-mails for bringing Adam back. Finally, after second season finished its airing, Adam Mesh will return to the show as a main bachelor in Average Joe 3: Adam Returns. Now Adam Mesh has the power to choose over some girls... Average Joe 4: The Joes Strike Back The newest and boldest installment of NBC's popular relationship series Average Joe about average-looking guys with big hearts and great personalities hoping to win the love of a beautiful woman returns with more twists, turns and conflicts than ever before. This time, stunning 26-year-old red-headed beauty Anna is the alluring bachelorette. Born in Poland and raised in Las Vegas, Anna has a degree in business administration and is now a model and entrepreneur. Once again, the unsuspecting model thought she was on a traditional dating show only to be surprised by a swarm of average Joes, including a tool salesman, a pest control guy and a computer-science student pursuing his Ph.D. In the six-episode series, the 18 enthusiastic average Joes hope to woo and win her over with their charm and personalities. But first, they'll have to navigate through an all new series of dramatic twists and turns, outrageous surprises ? and their toughest competition yet ? seven strikingly handsome jocks who are cocky and confident that Anna will only have eyes for them. Also included are a romantic getaway to exotic Tahiti, surprise visitors for both the Joes and Anna, and the return of three of the most popular former Average Joes in the premiere. NBC Broadcast History November 2003 - April 2004 -- Mondays 10:00 PM June 2005 - July 2005 -- Tuesdays 8:00 PM NBC Broadcast History - Special Night: Season 4 FINALE - July 27 2005 -- Wednesday 8:00 PMmoreless
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    Amnesia

    Amnesia

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    NBC (ended 2008)
    How well do you know your own life? Contestants are tested on this very subject on Amne$ia, a new series hosted by Dennis Miller (author of The Rants, co-host of GSN's Grand Slam) airing Friday nights on NBC. Amne$ia tests contestants on the details of their lives, from events in their distant past, to the minutiae of things they might see but not realize every day. Possible questions include what type of wedding dress your spouse wore to the speed in your neighborhood. Amne$ia follows hot on the heels of two popular NBC games shows -- Deal or No Deal and 1 vs. 100. The program premieres on Friday, February 22, 2008, immediately following the season finale of 1 vs. 100.moreless
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    American Gladiators

    American Gladiators

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    NBC (ended 2008)
    American Gladiators pits everyday athletes against the show's gladiators in contests of physical strength and endurance. The revival of theAmerican Gladiators franchise features such classic events as The Joust, The Wall, Hang Tough, and Eliminator with upgraded 21st century technology, as well as many new and expanded events. The show is hosted by Hulk Hogan and Laila Ali.moreless
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    Treasure Hunters

    Treasure Hunters

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    NBC (ended 2006)
    Treasure Hunters is an exciting new adventure quest series featuring multi-player teams that will be sent off around the globe on a search for clues leading to the location of a hidden treasure. The first team to decipher all of the clues will be given the location of the treasure. The focus of the show will is not so much on the race to find clues, but on the actual solving of the puzzle instead.moreless
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    The Weakest Link (US)

    The Weakest Link (US)

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    NBC (ended 2002)
    This British import, along with Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, helped kick off a brief game show craze. The host, Anne Robinson, the same as the British version, was frighteningly rude to the players, insulting their lack of knowledge with some acidic remarks and glaring looks. While the clock ticked down from two minutes, (ten seconds less each subsequent round), questions were tossed to each player. A correct response raised the bank, and each player could call out "Bank" before their question, to shift the winnings into the kitty. Any wrong answer, and the bank would revert to the first stage. A string of eight correct answers could give the team $125,000 per round. At the end of each round, the players voted someone off. That person had to suffer walking in disgrace across the stage, then giving a short opinion about losing. The last two played a final round, in which the bank was doubled, then faced each other in a best of five question showdown. Only one took home the money. The catch phrase, "You are the weakest link. Good-bye.", caught on with viewers. At one point in the summer of 2001, eight of the top 25 U.S. prime time shows were contests. 'Link's initial ratings were a big boost to NBC, which quickly added a second weekly time slot, and ordered a second season of episodes. However, during the aftermath of 9/11, and the Afghan war, TV schedules were disrupted, many shows were pre-empted, and the momentum slowed. In that winter, NBC cut the broadcast to once a week, on Sunday night, but then the NBA games often cut off the beginning of the show, and during the playoffs, shows were rescheduled for future dates. More and more special celebrity episodes were aired. Interest was falling, ratings dropped, and on May 16, 2002, Jeff Zucker, entertainment president, announced the cancellation. On July 14, NBC aired it's last new episode. Later that year, some of the unaired shows appeared on PAX network. This was a great relief to some of the game winners, who didn't get paid until the broadcast, and were sworn to secrecy under threat of lawsuits. The remaining episodes later aired on GSN, who had bought the rights.moreless
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    The Gong Show

    The Gong Show

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    NBC (ended 1980)
    And now, let us introduce, for your viewing pleasure: • A bearded, demented-looking dentist taunts his hapless patient as he drills her teeth, flipping the drill's switch to the tune of "Stars and Stripes Forever." • A petite homecoming queen, obviously nervous, is duped into singing the National Anthem after she and fellow members of the choir have been introduced as collectively performing "The Star Spangled Banner." • A grossly overweight man tap-dances to music from "Swan Lake"; later his equally obese wife squeezes into a tiny tutu and, after fitting her head in a teacup, spins around while playing "Old Folks at Home" on the mandolin. • An Elvis impersonator sings "Hound Dog," but his voice is a monotone. Who didn't live for acts such as those on The Gong Show, the classic parody of ameteur talent contests? Chuck Barris was the straight man (yeah, right) to a panel of three celebrity judges – usually singer Jaye P. Morgan, comedian Arte Johnson (of Rowan and Martin's Laugh In) and Jamie Farr (of M*A*S*H*); plus one or more guests – each assigned the task of enduring and judging the ameteur acts that performed, either solo or in groups. Yes, some of the acts that performed had legitimate talent and did very well, although all of good acts were ameteurs because of Barris' strict rule against allowing professionals as contestants. However, the real fun came in watching those hilariously awful acts. Just a short list of acts might include: • The mustached-magician trying to get his "talented" pigeons to dance. • The teen-aged girls in pastel-colored prom dresses singing "People Who Need People" while dancing in a conga line. • The young comic who did impressions of modern-day actors performing Shakespeare. • An older woman whose dog had the knack for imitating other barnyard animals. • A man who broke eggs over his head while making faces in a sheet of Plexiglas. • "Professor Flamo" – a man who sang out in pain while lowering various body parts onto burning candles. Joey D'Auria was "Professor Flamo" and would later become Bozo the Clown on WGN (1984-2001). • An entire episode dedicated to contestants singing their rendition of "Feelings." ... and countless other acts that were wild and outrageous. Do those acts sound bad? Of course they did, and any one of the celebrity judges had the right to terminate the act by striking his/her mallet against an oversized "gong" (often, two or all three did, and several times, they fought to get to the gong first). The act had to immeidately cease and were out of the running for the grand prize. Early in the run, some acts were "gonged" just seconds into the act, prompting Barris to implement a mandatory 45-second wait (though judging by the frequent reactions of the celebs, that was often way too long). Acts that did reach their conclusion (the longest performances were usually two-and-a-half minutes) were scored by the panelists on a scale of 0 to 10, with a high score of 30 possible. The highest-scoring act of the day won the grand prize – $516.32 on the daytime show, $712.05 (later $1,000) on the syndicated version; however, a grand-prize winner was not necessarily guaranteed, particularly if all of the acts were gonged. The 1976 syndicated version, which debuted months after the NBC version began, was identical to the daytime version, except that Gary Owens hosted (until 1978, when Barris took over that job). Acts on The Gong Show became more and more risqué during the final months of the daytime version. The final straw came during a 1978 daytime telecast, when many viewers declared a certain act obscene (The Popsicle Twins) (that act would fit in quite nicely with Game Show Network's overtly sex-littered 1998 revival, called Extreme Gong); NBC apparently agreed and – whether on its own accord or bowing to pressure from viewers and advertisers – cancelled The Gong Show. Not to worry for original Gong Show fans; the fun continued unabated in syndication until 1980. Running gags featuring the show's regular cast were also popular. Some included: • An inept musician (Larry Spencer) who announces his intention to "play" a certain musical instrument "right now" (with the instrument failing on cue) • Barris reading a children's story with alternate endings (and enacted by the show's cast). • Brief skits from the "Unknown Comic" (comedian Murray Langston) and "Gene Gene the Dancing Machine" (Gene Patton). There was also Scarlett & Rhett where every joke was a dirty one that constantly required the "OOPS!" sign to flash! Also, guest performers – former winning contestants with legit talent and real celebrities, including Alice Cooper – were invited to perform in non-scoring, non-gongable segments. John Barbour (later of Real People) was supposed to be the host, but his straight-man style didn't work out and Barris let him go before the first aired episode taped. Barris took over the job himself and the rest was history. The Gong Show quickly became a part of American popular culture, with local versions staged as fundraisers by college, high school and civic groups. There were two unsuccessful attempts to revive The Gong Show. A 1988 revival, hosted by Don Bleu didn't catch on with viewers and was cancelled after less than 26 weeks. Critics panned the aforementioned Extreme Gong (a revival to play off the popularity of reruns of the original series), thanks in large part to the risqué content; hosted by comedian George Gray, the celebrity panel was replaced by a 1-900 number for viewers to judge the acts.moreless
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    Who's Still Standing?

    Who's Still Standing?

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    NBC (ended 2012)
    Who's Still Standing? is the NBC competition series based on the Israeli hit show Still Standing, where contestants compete in trivia battles. One main competitor faces off against 10 challengers in a battle for a million dollar jackpot, and the stakes are raised even more by having trap doors drop them if they answer wrong.moreless
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