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    dad1153

    [1]Nov 1, 2005
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    From tvgameshows.net

    After an absence of at least three years from GSN's Black and White Overnight, rare episodes of Goodson-Todman's Two for the Money will air in the wee hours slot during Thanksgiving week. The game, which featured the homespun wit of host Herb Shriner on NBC from 1952-56, features married couples or other two-member teams in a naming quiz against the clock. Sam Levenson emceed a final summer run in 1957 when the game moved to CBS. Kenny Williams, who went onto fame as the prime announcer for the Heatter-Quigley game shows in the 1960s through the '80s, earned his first national exposure on Two for the Money. Ed McMahon served as announcer for the one surviving episode of the Levenson shows. Most of the Shriner episodes can no longer be shown after GSN's legal department banned further airing of classic games which feature cigarette logos on the sets. Old Gold cigarettes was the primary sponsor of Two for the Money for most of its run. The eight episodes which will air during Thanksgiving week do not include a tobacco sponsor. Singer Vic Damone appears on one of the shows. Sadly, Shriner and his wife Pixie were killed in an auto accident in Delray Beach, Fla., in 1970. He was 52. Two for the Money airs Wednesday night/Thursday morning Nov. 23 through 26 (technically 24-27) from 3-4 a.m. (ET/PT) on GSN.[/i] All right GSN!

    Edited on 07/11/2006 7:26pm
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    The1Factotum1i1

    [2]Nov 1, 2005
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    Herb seemed to be all over the TV landscape in the early 1950's, but he's as forgotten as Pinky Lee now. Two for the Money is a game format almost identical to You Bet Your Life, only in a much more low key, easygoing, boring way. Hosts like Shriner and Levinson were folksy, warm, and dull. I've seen a pile of them, and they participants seemingly would come up stupid a lot of the time on any given set of questions, hard or easy. Only if the two contestants were related, by family or marriage, was the case different. Then, they were almost invariably smart and played well. Why? Maybe it shows what nervousness and being around an unusual situation with unfamiliar people can do; it makes even simple questions become very difficult with even minimal pressure.
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    W-B

    [3]Nov 1, 2005
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    Which leads to this question: How many WML?'s will be sacrificed, er "pre-empted" for this Money-thon? Hope EPISODE #517 (in which WML? moved to the future Studio 54) isn't one of them . . .
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    sixtyfivealive

    [4]Nov 1, 2005
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    Gee, I don't know what to say. Usually pre-emptions are because of something stupid or idiotic (Halloween, Star Wars, Horseracing, etc.). I'll miss the WML? episodes that will be skipped, but it's about time at least something good will be aired in place of them.
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    sixtyfivealive

    [5]Nov 1, 2005
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    W-B wrote:
    Which leads to this question: How many WML?'s will be sacrificed, er "pre-empted" for this Money-thon? Hope EPISODE #517 (in which WML? moved to the future Studio 54) isn't one of them . . .


    Maybe since GSN is planning this well in advance (three weeks a lot of time for them) there's a chance they can put WML? episodes on hold for these nights and pick it back up again where they left off. Maybe? We can hope.
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    ymike673

    [6]Nov 2, 2005
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    Haven't we hyad enough premptions in the last month!!!! Now 4 more WML's will be missed. The only time WML was not skipped was last year when GSN aired a 7 day tribute to Janet Leigh and Rodney Dangerfield. Since it lasted an entire week their automated system was able to continue WML in the same order. So that's 8 shows we will miss in one month's time. Boy I can't wait for Christmas and New Year's to see what GSN has in store for us then.
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    jimarnone

    [7]Nov 19, 2005
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    Just a reminder ... Four days of preemptions are about to fall upon the B&W overnight schedule. From Friday @3AM EST (11/25) through Monday (11/28 ) GSN will air Two for the Money in place of TTTT and the following WML episodes:

    11-44 EPISODE #520 - 07/03/1960 - The Sound of Music Cast
    11-45 EPISODE #521 - 07/10/1960 - Shelley Berman
    11-46 EPISODE #522 - 07/17/1960 - Jerry Lewis
    11-47 EPISODE #523 - 07/24/1960 - 1)General Wm. Westmoreland - Admiral J. Davidson 2)Zsa Zsa Gabor

    GSN's announcement of this preemption follows...

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    GSN PROGRAMS SPECIAL THANKSGIVING WEEKEND WITH A TWO-DAY MARATHON OF ‘THE AMAZING RACE’
    For Immediate Release
    Monday, November 7, 2005

    Contact: Nikki Lichterman,GSN
    310.255.6938 nlichterman@gsn.com

    GSN PROGRAMS SPECIAL THANKSGIVING WEEKEND WITH A TWO-DAY MARATHON OF ‘THE AMAZING RACE’ AND SPECIAL EPISODES OF THE 1950’S GAME SHOW
    ‘TWO FOR THE MONEY’

    (Santa Monica, CA) Grab some turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes and feast your eyes on GSN over Thanksgiving weekend for two special programming treats. First, GSN will air the second season of two-time Emmy Award-winning THE AMAZING RACE in its entirety. Additionally, fans of black and white overnights will be treated to never-before repeated episodes of the 1950’s game show, TWO FOR THE MONEY.

    THE AMAZING RACE marathon begins November 24th from 5:00PM – 12:00AM ET/PT, continuing on Friday, November 25th from 6:00PM – 12:00AM ET/PT. Season 2 includes visits to such locations as South America, South Africa, Thailand and Australia.

    Out from the depths of GSN’s prolific library of classic game show comes eight rare episodes of TWO FOR THE MONEY, a popular Saturday night quiz show that aired originally from 1952-1957 with Herb Shriner and comedian Sam Levenson as hosts. The show featured three contestants trying to earn money for their correct answers in each of the three rounds. TWO FOR THE MONEY will air from 3:00-4:00AM ET/PT from November 24 until November 27.

    GSN,the Network for Games, is the only U.S. television network dedicated to game-related programming. The network features game shows, reality series, documentaries, alternative sports programs and casino games. As the industry leader in interactivity, GSN has allowed viewers to play-along with on-air programming via their computers and GSN.com for some time. The recent launch of GSNi (GSN Interactive) has taken interactivity to the next level, affording viewers the chance to play-along with TV shows using only their remote controls. Reaching more than 57 million Nielsen homes, GSN is distributed in the U.S. through all major cable systems and satellite providers. The network is jointly owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment and Liberty Media Corporation. For further media information, visit GSN’s press website at corp.gsn.com.

    -GSN-
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    ymike673

    [8]Nov 21, 2005
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    I was looking forward to seeing Jerry Lewis. Thanks again for nothing!!! GSN.
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    jimarnone

    [9]Nov 21, 2005
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    ymike673 wrote:
    I was looking forward to seeing Jerry Lewis. Thanks again for nothing!!! GSN.


    Fortunately, Jerry Lewis was on WML a number of times. His next appearance occurs on June 24, 1962 (Episode #619, 13-43). That show should appear on GSN in about 14 weeks, assuming, of course, that it is not preempted and that GSN is up and running…

    I have a much bigger issue with the other three WML preemptions. None of the Mystery Guests appear on any other WML episode. It’s a 2.5-year wait to have a chance to see those again.
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    ymike673

    [10]Nov 21, 2005
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    I agree with you. It's a shame we won't see any of these episodes for at least 2 1/2 years. This will bring the count of missed episodes in season 11 to 9. And just think, with Christmas and New Year's around the corner who know's what eles GSN has in store for us.
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    mehitable

    [11]Nov 21, 2005
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    How many DVDs do you suppose it would take to encompass the entire series? A WML boxset. I know, dream on.
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    ymike673

    [12]Nov 21, 2005
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    mehitable wrote:
    How many DVDs do you suppose it would take to encompass the entire series? A WML boxset. I know, dream on.


    I have needed 6 DVD-R's for each season. (8-9 shows per DVD) So if you multiply that by the 15 mostly full seasons that exist and add 3 DVD's for the 20 shows that exist from Feb.1950 untill Aug.1952 and you can figure out about how many DVDs you would need. It's quite a lot.
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    dad1153

    [13]Nov 25, 2005
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    Hey, I just saw Herb give a couple of cigarrette cartons to the contestants of 'Two for the Money'! I thought GSN had banned all shows with any cigarrette-related content. I'm not complaining, mind you, just curious why the double-standard. Does an episode have to be sponsored by a cigarrete brand to qualify under GSN's self-imposed ban?
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    W-B

    [14]Nov 25, 2005
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    dad1153 wrote:
    Hey, I just saw Herb give a couple of cigarrette cartons to the contestants of 'Two for the Money'! I thought GSN had banned all shows with any cigarrette-related content. I'm not complaining, mind you, just curious why the double-standard. Does an episode have to be sponsored by a cigarrete brand to qualify under GSN's self-imposed ban?

    It would seem so. Now my question would be, were those shows on tonight/early today (the 24th/25th) from 1955-56 or something? It was right around the time they started giving out credits to such crew as technical directors. That, and the TWA reference. And it would seem just by looking at who was TD, that this was a CBS show . . .

    P.S. About Herb Shriner: You may be familiar with one of his offspring, who had a failed TV talk show some years ago. Wil Shriner . . .
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    ymike673

    [15]Nov 25, 2005
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    You mean if I contact GSN about this they will stop airing these shows and put WML back on?, Just Kiding.
    Edited on 07/11/2006 7:28pm
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    agent_0042

    [16]Nov 25, 2005
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    So is this Two For the Money any good? I didn't record last night's showings.
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    sixtyfivealive

    [17]Nov 25, 2005
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    Pretty decent show. Those cartons of Old Gold Double Filters must of cost 5 bucks back then. Does anybody know the dates these were originally shown?
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    billsav57

    [18]Nov 25, 2005
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    I would prefer they not pre-empt WML, but it is nice to see Herb Shriner. From what I've seen of him, he's really fun to watch. He has that midwestern sense of humor that served Johnny Carson, Bob Newhart, David Letterman and others so well. Some people have compared him to Will Rogers. That's probably a reach, but he is a treat. I wish he had had more exposure before he died. I've seen his son on several shows, and he's OK, but I think his father had that special something that is quite rare.
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    dad1153

    [19]Nov 25, 2005
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    Yeah, that gag he did projecting his 'Indiana Home Movies' was kind-of corny and old-fashioned but also very sweet and it honest-to-goodness made me laugh out loud a couple of times. It's not 'The Name's The Same' (a hilarious and nearly-flawless show when Robert Q. Lewis hosted that went downhill as he left and the formula got trampled over with needless experimentation) but it's a nice break from the rather-repetitive 'Clock/Line?' tandem we're stuck with weeknights. It still sucks that we're missing four episodes of 'WML?' to see Herb, but I'm taping them all and happy to be doing so!
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    Linneman

    [20]Nov 26, 2005
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    It was interesting to see Herb Shriner; I had heard of him but never seen him. While enjoyable he did use up my folksiness tolerance fairly quickly. After watching the first show I do not have a need to see the others. I will record them and if what I see discussed here seems interesting that decision may well be reversed.

    He's another 1950's "star" who burned out quickly. When he died in an auto accident at 52 in 1970 his TV career was well behind him.

    BTW, I knew of Herb largely because of references made in discussing his son Wil Shriner, the host and comedian. In recent years Wil has been mostly directing sitcoms, including a number of "Frasier's".
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