For the past two weeks, a program called "Pioneers of Television" has been airing Wednesdays at 8PM EST on PBS. It is a retrospective of the different genres of past TV programming with many film clips and kinescopes. The first installment examined sitcoms, and last week spotlighted variety shows. Tonight, game shows will be the subject of the hour-long show.
I don't know if any clips of WML? will be included; the promo showed Bob Barker as host of "Truth or Consequences", Groucho Marx as emcee of "You Bet Your Life", and Johnny Carson as star of "Who Do You Trust?".The program synopsis on the PBS website mentions that Betty White, Monty Hall, and Bob Barker were interviewed for this program, and their portions of the show can be seen in true high definition for those viewers who have an HDTV. Merv Griffin will also appear in an archival interview.
The program usually repeats on many PBS stations tomorrow evening at 9PM, and can be seen over the weekend on "PBS World", a digital subchannel that's available in some markets to viewers who get their TV signals over-the-air via an antenna and whose televisions have the new digital tuners.
Watch the program for the film clips and the contemporary interviews with the hosts/creators. Try not to be put off by the annoying over-the-top, super sanctimonious delivery of the narrator and the narration itself. In last week's installment, the narrator's hyperbole would almost equate "Tony Orlando and Dawn" with the discovery of the polio vaccine!