What's My Line?

Season 8 Episode 50


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Aug 11, 1957 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • ERNIE KOVACS WAS HIRED AS A PERMANENT PANELIST: In the "Comments" section of Gil Fates' handwritten log for "What's My Line?" EPISODE #375 of August 11, 1957 is a note underneath Ernie Kovacs' name which says, "begins as panelist." The comment for EPISODE #386 of October 27, 1957 reads, "not a good Kovacs show." We'll never know all the details of how or why, but the comment for EPISODE #387 of November 3, 1957 states, "Kovacs last regular show." In this short stretch of time, almost three months, Ernie Kovacs appeared as a regular panelist on only 9 episodes. Including his "guest panelist debut" on EPISODE #369 of June 30, 1957, Ernie made a total of 10 panel appearances over the span of the entire CBS series. In addition, he appeared twice as a mystery guest, for a total of 12 appearances. Even though the historical logs show that he was hired as a regular panelist by Goodson-Todman, this fact was never specifically announced on the series. It was, however, strongly hinted at on at least two occasions: On EPISODE #378 when John announced that Ernie would be gone for a few episodes; and on EPISODE #379 when Ernie's mystery guest overlay screen read "What's My Line? Panelist." - Suzanne (2008)

      IF IT QUACKS LIKE A DUCK: Since Ernie Kovacs' tenure as a regular panelist was so short, these few appearances will be, for all intents and purposes, viewed historically as "guest panelist" appearances. - Suzanne (2008)