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Title: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: aaron sica on August 10, 2021, 03:12:01 PM
.......coming to BUZZR!

https://www.vulture.com/2021/08/70s-game-show-whew-to-air-on-retro-network-buzzr.html
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Post by: jlgarfield on August 10, 2021, 03:14:43 PM
Holy guacamole! :D This is exciting news - and I loved the format, even if it was a little convoluted.
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Post by: tvmitch on August 10, 2021, 03:27:17 PM
BUZZR posted a YouTube video with a sample Gauntlet:

https://youtu.be/er4Tw_W-idg

The Vulture article also mentions the show has nearly 250 episodes...a quick Wiki check shows 247 taped episodes...I didn't realize that many had been taped.

Terrific!
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Post by: SuperMatch93 on August 10, 2021, 03:29:26 PM
Randy is smiling.

/I hope this will be available on Prime at some point
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Post by: MSTieScott on August 10, 2021, 03:29:48 PM
They did it. Those crazy sons of guns, they did it.
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Post by: Blanquepage on August 10, 2021, 03:32:26 PM
I'm sure a couple of FB friends on the board are already over me pointing this out, but recall that Concentration and Whew were on the BUZZR survey a couple years ago, and brought out of the vault on Winc's channel first before ultimately debuting on BUZZR. I can only hope there's something to that considering there are also some nice studio master uploads of Scrabble and High Rollers too...which were also on the survey.

Anyhow, amazing news!
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Post by: tpirfan28 on August 10, 2021, 03:37:18 PM
Is this the first format that has zero ties to Fremantle to air on the network?
A combination guaranteed to say wow, more than anything.

Starts 9/6.
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Post by: Chief-O on August 10, 2021, 03:47:52 PM
Is this the first format that has zero ties to Fremantle to air on the network?

I think "Bzzz!" was first.

Otherwise, hot darn. I'm sure it'll be appointment viewing once it's on the schedule.
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Post by: Blanquepage on August 10, 2021, 03:58:12 PM
Is this the first format that has zero ties to Fremantle to air on the network?

I think "Bzzz!" was first.

Wouldn't that be Wordplay, as brief as it was? They also briefly had 20 episodes of Strike it Rich on their Prime channel, but those disappeared too.
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Post by: snowpeck on August 10, 2021, 04:02:01 PM
Is this the first format that has zero ties to Fremantle to air on the network?

I think "Bzzz!" was first.

Wouldn't that be Wordplay, as brief as it was? They also briefly had 20 episodes of Strike it Rich on their Prime channel, but those disappeared too.
Wordplay had some ties as it was co-produced by Syd Vinnedge's company prior to it eventually becoming part of Fremantle in a series of mergers/acquisitions.
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Post by: weaklink75 on August 10, 2021, 04:26:48 PM
Well this is one of those times that hell has frozen dinners.

And it’s also a way for them to get a little more commercial time- IIRC, Whew was in a 25 minute slot and not 30…
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Post by: Chief-O on August 10, 2021, 04:33:45 PM
They also briefly had 20 episodes of Strike it Rich on their Prime channel, but those disappeared too.

Kind of a stretch here, but I do understand that the British format ("Strike It Lucky") was produced by Thames Television, which ultimately got absorbed into Fremantle. It might be possible that Kline and Friends sold the format (and maybe the tapes?) to Thames.
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Post by: Casey Buck on August 10, 2021, 04:52:42 PM
Wow! That's a hell of a rabbit that Buzzr pulled out of their hat, and they've pulled some pretty big ones in recent years with Concentration and MG/HS. Looks like Buzzr must be making enough money to get some outside acquisitions or leases.

Whew without commercials times out to about 18:30 or so. More than plenty enough for a 30 minute time slot with modern day commercial-loads. Hopefully no editing needed, other than ticket and contestant plugs.
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Post by: Sodboy13 on August 10, 2021, 04:53:57 PM
And it’s also a way for them to get a little more commercial time- IIRC, Whew was in a 25 minute slot and not 30…

This was my second thought as well, immediately following "Wait, what? Really?"

It is wild that we're getting something like this (complicated, flawed, yet deeply interesting) back on the air. The Variety article mentions Fremantle striking a deal with Winc. to air the show, since they hold the distribution rights. What are some other Sugarman productions that could potentially make it to Buzzr now that this agreement is in place?
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Post by: PYLdude on August 10, 2021, 05:03:40 PM
Well, there’s really only two others (Wizard of Odds and Celebrity Sweepstakes); I would have to guess the former is wiped and the latter is up in the air based on what I read from the info available.
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Post by: Blanquepage on August 10, 2021, 05:05:44 PM
And it’s also a way for them to get a little more commercial time- IIRC, Whew was in a 25 minute slot and not 30…

What are some other Sugarman productions that could potentially make it to Buzzr now that this agreement is in place?
Been holding out for Celebrity Sweepstakes since it was on the survey a couple years ago and a couple nighttime studio masters of eps 2 and 12 are floating around.
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Post by: Clay Zambo on August 10, 2021, 05:36:33 PM
This is lovely news! Can't wait to see it again (or, in the case of most episodes, for the first time)!
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Post by: JacksonBrowne1980 on August 10, 2021, 05:37:18 PM
We need another Randy Amasia
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Post by: gamed121683 on August 10, 2021, 05:38:35 PM
First off, my jaw dropped when I heard this news earlier today. Good work, Mr. Deetjen! More proof to "never say never". Speaking of that survey, Blanquepage, let's take a quick look back at that 2019 survey and the choices under the "What would you like added to the Buzzr schedule" question to see what's changed in nearly two years time:

Shows that have aired on Buzzr
*Concentration (Narz)
*Whew!

Shows that were supposed to air on Buzzr, but got pulled at the 11th hour
*25 Words Or Less

Shows that have their own Pluto TV channel
*The Price Is Right (with host Bob Barker)

Shows that were choices on the survey, but have yet to air on Buzzr
*Scattergories
*Wheel of Fortune
*High Rollers
*Win Ben Stein’s Money
*Remote Control
*Celebrity Sweepstakes
*Shop Till You Drop
*Scrabble
*Bruce Forsyth’s Hot Streak
*Jeopardy!
*Liar’s Club
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: Blanquepage on August 10, 2021, 05:54:34 PM
First off, my jaw dropped when I heard this news earlier today. Good work, Mr. Deetjen! More proof to "never say never". Speaking of that survey, Blanquepage, let's take a quick look back at that 2019 survey and the choices under the "What would you like added to the Buzzr schedule" question to see what's changed in nearly two years time:

Shows that have aired on Buzzr
*Concentration (Narz)
*Whew!

Shows that were supposed to air on Buzzr, but got pulled at the 11th hour
*25 Words Or Less

Shows that have their own Pluto TV channel
*The Price Is Right (with host Bob Barker)

Shows that were choices on the survey, but have yet to air on Buzzr
*Scattergories
*Wheel of Fortune
*High Rollers
*Win Ben Stein’s Money
*Remote Control
*Celebrity Sweepstakes
*Shop Till You Drop
*Scrabble
*Bruce Forsyth’s Hot Streak
*Jeopardy!
*Liar’s Club
There was also another question regarding relationship shows with Dating Game, Newlywed Game, and Bzzz!..the last of which can go into the "aired" section too. Thanks for the consolidated memory refresher! An interesting Watch List worth keeping an eye on as they acquire more content.
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Post by: JMFabiano on August 10, 2021, 06:57:53 PM
Well, Buzzr waves that magic wand again, and I can't wait! 

Apparently they agree about the rules of the show, hence their need to explain:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIQkyaZETF0
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: weaklink75 on August 10, 2021, 07:04:50 PM
Well, there’s really only two others (Wizard of Odds and Celebrity Sweepstakes); I would have to guess the former is wiped and the latter is up in the air based on what I read from the info available.

If they're doing another Lost And Found in September I could totally see one of these come up (if they have an ep or two but not enough for a run)....

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Post by: JacksonBrowne1980 on August 10, 2021, 08:07:05 PM
Randy is smiling.

/I hope this will be available on Prime at some point

I wish there was another Randy Amasia
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Post by: weaklink75 on August 10, 2021, 08:10:14 PM
First Twitter promo:

https://twitter.com/buzzrtv/status/1425245626477039624?s=21

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Post by: Bryce L. on August 10, 2021, 08:15:42 PM
First Twitter promo:

https://twitter.com/buzzrtv/status/1425245626477039624?s=21
Just saw that on the network as well.

Be honest guys, if in 2015, someone said Classic Concentration, MGHS, Narz Concentration and Whew! would all be on Buzzr, would you have believed them?
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Post by: PYLdude on August 10, 2021, 08:19:32 PM
First Twitter promo:

https://twitter.com/buzzrtv/status/1425245626477039624?s=21
Just saw that on the network as well.

Be honest guys, if in 2015, someone said Classic Concentration, MGHS, Narz Concentration and Whew! would all be on Buzzr, would you have believed them?

Not only would I not have believed him, I probably would’ve ridiculed him.
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Post by: Blanquepage on August 10, 2021, 08:42:11 PM
First Twitter promo:

https://twitter.com/buzzrtv/status/1425245626477039624?s=21
Just saw that on the network as well.

Be honest guys, if in 2015, someone said Classic Concentration, MGHS, Narz Concentration and Whew! would all be on Buzzr, would you have believed them?

Not only would I not have believed him, I probably would’ve ridiculed him.

"We're going to see BUZZR continue bringing existing product that hasn't been seen in decades like Liar's Club & High Rollers with Alex back to the airwaves for a new generation to appreciate, along with benefiting from a Sony partnership and airing licensed Sony library product. All within the next 5 years." - Me.
Let's put that in a time capsule and see how it ages. If none of it happens, I accept all the ridicule. ;D
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Post by: TimK2003 on August 10, 2021, 08:47:19 PM
Holy 'effin A, Batman!

Gotta say thank you to Wink and John Ricci for helping make this a reality!  And thank you to Burt Sugarman for finally letting this show (and who knows what else???) come out of his vaults.

Hopefully, this show will be just as popular to the general public who watches Buzzr as it already is to us uber fans.

Looking forward to seeing that certain Detective face the Gauntlet (with all the Pomp & Circumstance, I might add) after an on-air injury weeks before on the show.

Looking forward to seeing the Randy Amasia shows "in the clear" without the NOT FOR BROADCAST bug on the screen.

This is gonna be fun!

/ And Pat, Faith and Debbie all thank you, too!

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Post by: JMFabiano on August 10, 2021, 09:14:33 PM
First Twitter promo:

https://twitter.com/buzzrtv/status/1425245626477039624?s=21
Just saw that on the network as well.

Be honest guys, if in 2015, someone said Classic Concentration, MGHS, Narz Concentration and Whew! would all be on Buzzr, would you have believed them?

Not only would I not have believed him, I probably would’ve ridiculed him.

"We're going to see BUZZR continue bringing existing product that hasn't been seen in decades like Liar's Club & High Rollers with Alex back to the airwaves for a new generation to appreciate, along with benefiting from a Sony partnership and airing licensed Sony library product. All within the next 5 years." - Me.
Let's put that in a time capsule and see how it ages. If none of it happens, I accept all the ridicule. ;D

High Rollers I have suspicions about.  And it harkens back to whatever Fremantle accomplished to get MG/HS back on.  For they had to finally come up with a deal with MGM for the HS portion, right?  Which makes me wonder....could that open the door to get anything surviving from the H/Q or Orion libraries back on the air, such as Rollers, or indeed the "legit" versions of Squares?
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Post by: KrisW73 on August 10, 2021, 09:25:00 PM
First Twitter promo:

https://twitter.com/buzzrtv/status/1425245626477039624?s=21
Just saw that on the network as well.

Be honest guys, if in 2015, someone said Classic Concentration, MGHS, Narz Concentration and Whew! would all be on Buzzr, would you have believed them?

I would have laughed and asked what good pharmaceuticals they were taking.

Hot damn this is going to be a treat to watch.
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Post by: TimK2003 on August 10, 2021, 09:27:38 PM
High Rollers I have suspicions about.  And it harkens back to whatever Fremantle accomplished to get MG/HS back on.  For they had to finally come up with a deal with MGM for the HS portion, right?  Which makes me wonder....could that open the door to get anything surviving from the H/Q or Orion libraries back on the air, such as Rollers, or indeed the "legit" versions of Squares?

Keep in mind that since MG/HS first started airing on Buzzr, most MGM properties were recently sold to Amazon.   And considering that Amazon Prime is the home to many on-demand Buzzr shows already, there's a decent relationship between the two entities, so it may not be as difficult as we may think.
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Post by: BrandonFG on August 10, 2021, 11:35:56 PM
First Twitter promo:

https://twitter.com/buzzrtv/status/1425245626477039624?s=21
That...is very random. I get that it's a close call and narrow escape. It's also very random.

And I love the obscurities. Keep 'em coming!
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Post by: Dbacksfan12 on August 11, 2021, 03:38:04 PM
and the latter is up in the air based on what I read from the info available.
Based on some cryptic comments Mike Berger has made both here and on his webpage, I'm convinced the syndication run of CS is around.
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Post by: PYLdude on August 11, 2021, 04:30:39 PM
and the latter is up in the air based on what I read from the info available.
Based on some cryptic comments Mike Berger has made both here and on his webpage, I'm convinced the syndication run of CS is around.

The only other word I saw came from Jim MacKrell himself, and he said when Stu Shostak talked to him back in 2012 that everything was lost. Take from that whatever you like.

Speaking of Mike’s page, I’ve always been curious about one thing and I don’t really understand why it’s a curiosity. Is the URL supposed to read “U.S. game shows”, as in United States, or “us game shows”, as in “ain’t nobody here but us game shows, ain’t nobody here at all”?
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Post by: SuperMatch93 on August 11, 2021, 04:49:23 PM
Speaking of Mike’s page, I’ve always been curious about one thing and I don’t really understand why it’s a curiosity. Is the URL supposed to read “U.S. game shows”, as in United States, or “us game shows”, as in “ain’t nobody here but us game shows, ain’t nobody here at all”?

I'd imagine it's the former.
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Post by: mmb5 on August 11, 2021, 06:50:23 PM
It's the nation.  I once had grander plans that never came to fruition.
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Post by: calliaume on August 11, 2021, 08:21:19 PM
and the latter is up in the air based on what I read from the info available.
Based on some cryptic comments Mike Berger has made both here and on his webpage, I'm convinced the syndication run of CS is around.

The only other word I saw came from Jim MacKrell himself, and he said when Stu Shostak talked to him back in 2012 that everything was lost. Take from that whatever you like.
Years ago I had a long conversation with Jim about this. He said he had one, count it, one Celebrity Sweepstakes episode in his collection. (I didn't ask whether it was the pilot, the final episode, or something else.) I think he was just as delighted as the rest of us when that syndicated episode popped up on YouTube a few years back. I have no reason to think anyone knows of an unseen cache, so barring discovering a pile of tapes in the backroom somewhere, it ain't happening.

(It took me a few minutes to realize this was not referring to Card Sharks.)
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Post by: PYLdude on August 11, 2021, 10:35:53 PM
It's the nation.  I once had grander plans that never came to fruition.

Thanks for clarifying, Mike. :)
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Post by: Blanquepage on August 12, 2021, 12:41:15 AM
and the latter is up in the air based on what I read from the info available.
Based on some cryptic comments Mike Berger has made both here and on his webpage, I'm convinced the syndication run of CS is around.

The only other word I saw came from Jim MacKrell himself, and he said when Stu Shostak talked to him back in 2012 that everything was lost. Take from that whatever you like.
I think he was just as delighted as the rest of us when that syndicated episode popped up on YouTube a few years back. I have no reason to think anyone knows of an unseen cache, so barring discovering a pile of tapes in the backroom somewhere, it ain't happening.

I don't have firsthand evidence, but I'm just going to put these questions out there
- Why would we keep presuming that the syndicated version of a lost network show was also wiped or lost?
- What reliable subject matter expert has ever validated the series being lost?
- Wouldn't it have been silly of them to allow the wiping of a series in which they also saw near-term syndication viability? A weekly version premiered a few short months after network

As wonderful as Jim is, I wouldn't consider the host an expert on the tape preservation status of a series. What confirmations have been provided by the David Schwartz's or other trusted artifact curators of our hobby that I may've missed?
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Post by: DjohnsonCB on August 12, 2021, 12:50:10 AM
And lest we forget, there were some markets that never even GOT "Whew!" when it was on CBS.  Cedar Rapids IA comes to my mind.
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Post by: TimK2003 on August 12, 2021, 02:46:04 AM
And lest we forget, there were some markets that never even GOT "Whew!" when it was on CBS.  Cedar Rapids IA comes to my mind.

I once worked at a TV station that even in 1979  was airing / a.k.a. "cherry picking" programming from multiple networks on the same channel.  They were the only TV station in ttown at that time.

IBefore the building burned down, there was a closet full of old Nielsen books, including one ratings book while Whew was on the air.  I forgot what they aired in the timeslot Monday-Thirsday, (Wheel on NBC???) but according to Nielsen, they only aired Whew on Fridays.
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Post by: Jimmy Owen on August 12, 2021, 06:46:59 AM
And lest we forget, there were some markets that never even GOT "Whew!" when it was on CBS.  Cedar Rapids IA comes to my mind.

I once worked at a TV station that even in 1979  was airing / a.k.a. "cherry picking" programming from multiple networks on the same channel.  They were the only TV station in ttown at that time.

IBefore the building burned down, there was a closet full of old Nielsen books, including one ratings book while Whew was on the air.  I forgot what they aired in the timeslot Monday-Thirsday, (Wheel on NBC???) but according to Nielsen, they only aired Whew on Fridays.
All Star Secrets was opposite Whew from April -August 79; Hollywood Squares from August 79-the end of Whew run.  Whew never aired opposite WOF on the network.
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Post by: Offshored2007 on August 12, 2021, 05:01:44 PM
And lest we forget, there were some markets that never even GOT "Whew!" when it was on CBS.  Cedar Rapids IA comes to my mind.

I once worked at a TV station that even in 1979  was airing / a.k.a. "cherry picking" programming from multiple networks on the same channel.  They were the only TV station in ttown at that time.

IBefore the building burned down, there was a closet full of old Nielsen books, including one ratings book while Whew was on the air.  I forgot what they aired in the timeslot Monday-Thirsday, (Wheel on NBC???) but according to Nielsen, they only aired Whew on Fridays.

Whew! was airing my freshman year in college. I purposely arranged my class schedule so I could watch it (if nobody else had the TV) on WWNY out of Watertown, NY, which was one of those "cherry picker" stations back then. Once I got home, it was cancelled three weeks later.

The news made my day earlier this week.
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Post by: BrandonFG on August 12, 2021, 05:53:06 PM
I think with a different title and a few tweaks, this show could still work today. For some reason the name Finish Line popped into my head.

And lest we forget, there were some markets that never even GOT "Whew!" when it was on CBS.  Cedar Rapids IA comes to my mind.
WTKR (then-WTAR) in Norfolk didn't air Whew! or Monty's Beat the Clock. Come to think of it, I don't think they aired any of CBS's 10:00 hour shows until Card Sharks in '86.

/Coincidentally, they aired Donnymid at 10am
//20 years after not airing Clark's version
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Post by: Sodboy13 on August 12, 2021, 11:43:06 PM
I always thought "Charge!" would be a decent name for a revival.
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Post by: gamed121683 on August 12, 2021, 11:52:08 PM
One interesting part of the Vulture article (at least to me) was about how Winc. "had signed on to represent Jay Wolpert and producer Burt Sugarman and were trying to get them back in front of viewers". Heck of a chance encounter by the channel's GM, huh? Anyway, it makes one wonder if these Whew! reruns do well, you think we'll see other Jay Wolpert Production Shows in the future such as Blackout and Shopping Spree (assuming Winc. can gets their hands on the tapes, of course) or would these aforementioned titles be too obscure even for Buzzr?
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Post by: Jimmy Owen on August 13, 2021, 02:11:38 AM
I always thought "Charge!" would be a decent name for a revival.
Already being used as the name of a broadcast diginet.  I was thinking "Breakthru"
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Post by: SuperMatch93 on August 13, 2021, 03:08:07 AM
I always thought Run the Gauntlet would make a good name.
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Post by: Bryce L. on August 13, 2021, 03:42:37 PM
First Twitter promo:

https://twitter.com/buzzrtv/status/1425245626477039624?s=21
And methinks they're getting the wrong response to that promo, since they've already pulled it from the network and replaced it with a new, less disturbing promo...

https://youtu.be/Qyf5xgvf9vo
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Post by: JMFabiano on August 13, 2021, 04:25:46 PM
First Twitter promo:

https://twitter.com/buzzrtv/status/1425245626477039624?s=21
And methinks they're getting the wrong response to that promo, since they've already pulled it from the network and replaced it with a new, less disturbing promo...

https://youtu.be/Qyf5xgvf9vo

Creepy Doll: Villain #11.
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Post by: snowpeck on August 13, 2021, 05:08:45 PM
First Twitter promo:

https://twitter.com/buzzrtv/status/1425245626477039624?s=21
And methinks they're getting the wrong response to that promo, since they've already pulled it from the network and replaced it with a new, less disturbing promo...

https://youtu.be/Qyf5xgvf9vo

That's... better?
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Post by: Chelsea Thrasher on August 13, 2021, 06:32:54 PM
And methinks they're getting the wrong response to that promo, since they've already pulled it from the network and replaced it with a new, less disturbing promo...

https://youtu.be/Qyf5xgvf9vo

when the folks in creative services/promotions has 1000% committed to their promotional strategy even when the new campaign mostly just makes people ask "WTF" and/or unintentionally offends people.

If I had a nickel
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Post by: BrandonFG on August 13, 2021, 08:10:12 PM
I think Buzzr’s promotional department took the “close calls…narrow escapes” spiel out of context.
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Post by: jjman920 on August 14, 2021, 12:16:30 AM
With a library of close wins from a variety of shows they air (Body Language, Super Password/Password +, Sweep, NYSI, Classic/Narz Concentration, etc.), I'm surprised they just didn't put together a supercut of some of those and have some someone exasperate a "Whew!" at the end.
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Post by: MikeK on August 14, 2021, 08:54:09 PM
I took JJ's idea and put it together with similar ideas I had.  I did in half an hour (for free, mind you) what BUZZR couldn't do for more than free.  Ta da.  I don't usually do stuff like this but BUZZR's promos for Whew! have been bizarre and just downright bad, like nobody there had looked at its newest acquisition.

https://youtu.be/AsUR86H1nKw
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Post by: TimK2003 on August 14, 2021, 09:16:46 PM
I took JJ's idea and put it together with similar ideas I had.  I did in half an hour (for free, mind you) what BUZZR couldn't do for more than free.  Ta da.  I don't usually do stuff like this but BUZZR's promos for Whew! have been bizarre and just downright bad, like nobody there had looked at its newest acquisition.

https://youtu.be/AsUR86H1nKw

Nice promo.

You have 10 unique villains...Incorporate one or two of them in each promo and ditch Miss Muffett.  They should be focusing on the Gauntlet of Villains in their promos.

It's like trying to promote Press Your Luck with no mention of the Whammy whatsoever.

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Post by: Bryce L. on August 14, 2021, 09:22:40 PM
They finally did do a decent promo (using show clips) during P+, I'll share it here later tonight.

EDIT: Here it is... the promo they should've been running since they announced the pickup.

https://youtu.be/qn8bNwmItbA
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Post by: BrandonFG on August 14, 2021, 11:31:36 PM
I took JJ's idea and put it together with similar ideas I had.  I did in half an hour (for free, mind you) what BUZZR couldn't do for more than free.  Ta da.  I don't usually do stuff like this but BUZZR's promos for Whew! have been bizarre and just downright bad, like nobody there had looked at its newest acquisition.

https://youtu.be/AsUR86H1nKw
Well done. I had a similar idea in mind...close wins with only a matter of time left on the clock. Why they decided to take the bizarre route, I have no idea.
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Post by: MikeK on August 14, 2021, 11:54:59 PM
Well done. I had a similar idea in mind...close wins with only a matter of time left on the clock. Why they decided to take the bizarre route, I have no idea.
First, thank you for the kind comments.

Second, I really expected you to complain that I used a form of Arial in the video.  I know how much you love that font family. :-P
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: BrandonFG on August 15, 2021, 12:33:26 AM
First, thank you for the kind comments.

Second, I really expected you to complain that I used a form of Arial in the video.  I know how much you love that font family. :-P
1. You're welcome.

2. I honestly didn't even notice until you said something. My "love" must've softened over the years. :-P
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: Winkfan on August 15, 2021, 01:27:22 AM
Here it is... the promo they should've been running since they announced the pickup.

https://youtu.be/qn8bNwmItbA

Now, that's more like it.

Cordially,
Tammy
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: JMFabiano on August 15, 2021, 02:14:29 PM
They finally did do a decent promo (using show clips) during P+, I'll share it here later tonight.

EDIT: Here it is... the promo they should've been running since they announced the pickup.

https://youtu.be/qn8bNwmItbA

Yep.  The others were right down there with the "Tic Tac is Back" campaign, and at least some of those had some references to how you play tic-tac-toe. 
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: SuperMatch93 on August 15, 2021, 06:53:25 PM
Airing at 3:30 in Chicago, same time as Jeopardy. Now I get how some of the older folks here felt having to decide what to watch when two games ran opposite each other in the daytime.
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: Chelsea Thrasher on August 19, 2021, 01:11:27 PM
The shows for Whew's launch marathon on September 5th are shows 1-2 & 4-7.  Episode 3 is being skipped.
https://buzzrtv.com/schedule/schedule_by_date/2021-9-5/America/Los_Angeles

The run then jumps ahead to show #0078 starting the subsequent Monday, in sequence from there, skipping 70 episodes.
https://buzzrtv.com/schedule/schedule_by_date/2021-9-6/America/Los_Angeles

The civilian part of the run did 133 shows, last one 11/2. Show 78 rewinds us back 55 episodes to early August.  Don't know the exact date, but 2-3? weeks before Randy's episodes ballpark.

That is a very large group of episodes being skipped, and regardless I am super excited to see this show.
(Links use the west coast timings since I live over here and so that's the version I use. Add hours for your time zone accordingly)
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: clemon79 on August 19, 2021, 01:46:25 PM
That is a very large group of episodes being skipped, and regardless I am super excited to see this show.

I'm ok with that. I think I'd enjoy seeing the show more after its gotten its legs under it a little. At least for starters.
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: thomas_meighan on August 19, 2021, 07:32:56 PM
For its entire run, “Whew!” was preempted on the first Thursday of each month for CBS’ monthly “Magazine” (titled according to the month, e.g. “April Magazine,” “May Magazine,” etc.). Assuming no further preemptions during the early months, episode #78 should take us to 8-14-1979.

Aside from “Magazine” days, there’s another possible preemption on 10-3-1979 for news coverage of the papal visit to NYC. CBS’ games apparently didn’t air in NYC on that day (they’re not listed in the NYT), but I don’t know how the West Coast feed was handled.
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: Bryce L. on August 19, 2021, 07:42:08 PM
So, this should be close to, if not exactly right?

Whew! 79_0001 (original airdate 4/23/1979)
Whew! 79_0002 (original airdate 4/24/1979)
Whew! 79_0003 (original airdate 4/25/1979)
Whew! 79_0004 (original airdate 4/26/1979)
Whew! 79_0005 (original airdate 4/27/1979)

Whew! 79_0006 (original airdate 4/30/1979)
Whew! 79_0007 (original airdate 5/1/1979)
Whew! 79_0008 (original airdate 5/2/1979)
(no show on May 3, 1979, due to May Magazine)
Whew! 79_0009 (original airdate 5/4/1979)

Whew! 79_0010 (original airdate 5/7/1979)
Whew! 79_0011 (original airdate 5/8/1979)
Whew! 79_0012 (original airdate 5/9/1979)
Whew! 79_0013 (original airdate 5/10/1979)
Whew! 79_0014 (original airdate 5/11/1979)

Whew! 79_0015 (original airdate 5/14/1979)
Whew! 79_0016 (original airdate 5/15/1979)
Whew! 79_0017 (original airdate 5/16/1979)
Whew! 79_0018 (original airdate 5/17/1979)
Whew! 79_0019 (original airdate 5/18/1979)

Whew! 79_0020 (original airdate 5/21/1979)
Whew! 79_0021 (original airdate 5/22/1979)
Whew! 79_0022 (original airdate 5/23/1979)
Whew! 79_0023 (original airdate 5/24/1979)
Whew! 79_0024 (original airdate 5/25/1979)

Whew! 79_0025 (original airdate 5/28/1979)
Whew! 79_0026 (original airdate 5/29/1979)
Whew! 79_0027 (original airdate 5/30/1979)
Whew! 79_0028 (original airdate 5/31/1979)
Whew! 79_0029 (original airdate 6/1/1979)

Whew! 79_0030 (original airdate 6/4/1979)
Whew! 79_0031 (original airdate 6/5/1979)
Whew! 79_0032 (original airdate 6/6/1979)
(no show on June 7, 1979, due to June Magazine)
Whew! 79_0033 (original airdate 6/8/1979)

Whew! 79_0034 (original airdate 6/11/1979)
Whew! 79_0035 (original airdate 6/12/1979)
Whew! 79_0036 (original airdate 6/13/1979)
Whew! 79_0037 (original airdate 6/14/1979)
Whew! 79_0038 (original airdate 6/15/1979)

Whew! 79_0039 (original airdate 6/18/1979)
Whew! 79_0040 (original airdate 6/19/1979)
Whew! 79_0041 (original airdate 6/20/1979)
Whew! 79_0042 (original airdate 6/21/1979)
Whew! 79_0043 (original airdate 6/22/1979)

Whew! 79_0044 (original airdate 6/25/1979)
Whew! 79_0045 (original airdate 6/26/1979)
Whew! 79_0046 (original airdate 6/27/1979)
Whew! 79_0047 (original airdate 6/28/1979)
Whew! 79_0048 (original airdate 6/29/1979)

Whew! 79_0049 (original airdate 7/2/1979)
Whew! 79_0050 (original airdate 7/3/1979)
Whew! 79_0051 (original airdate 7/4/1979)
(no show on July 5, 1979, due to July Magazine)
Whew! 79_0052 (original airdate 7/6/1979)

Whew! 79_0053 (original airdate 7/9/1979)
Whew! 79_0054 (original airdate 7/10/1979)
Whew! 79_0055 (original airdate 7/11/1979)
Whew! 79_0056 (original airdate 7/12/1979)
Whew! 79_0057 (original airdate 7/13/1979)

Whew! 79_0058 (original airdate 7/16/1979)
Whew! 79_0059 (original airdate 7/17/1979)
Whew! 79_0060 (original airdate 7/18/1979)
Whew! 79_0061 (original airdate 7/19/1979)
Whew! 79_0062 (original airdate 7/20/1979)

Whew! 79_0063 (original airdate 7/23/1979)
Whew! 79_0064 (original airdate 7/24/1979)
Whew! 79_0065 (original airdate 7/25/1979)
Whew! 79_0066 (original airdate 7/26/1979)
Whew! 79_0067 (original airdate 7/27/1979)

Whew! 79_0068 (original airdate 7/30/1979)
Whew! 79_0069 (original airdate 7/31/1979)
Whew! 79_0070 (original airdate 8/1/1979)
(no show on August 2, 1979, due to August Magazine)
Whew! 79_0071 (original airdate 8/3/1979)

Whew! 79_0072 (original airdate 8/6/1979)
Whew! 79_0073 (original airdate 8/7/1979)
Whew! 79_0074 (original airdate 8/8/1979)
Whew! 79_0075 (original airdate 8/9/1979)
Whew! 79_0076 (original airdate 8/10/1979)

Whew! 79_0077 (original airdate 8/13/1979)
Whew! 79_0078 (original airdate 8/14/1979)
Whew! 79_0079 (original airdate 8/15/1979)
Whew! 79_0080 (original airdate 8/16/1979)
Whew! 79_0081 (original airdate 8/17/1979)

Whew! 79_0082 (original airdate 8/20/1979)
Whew! 79_0083 (original airdate 8/21/1979)
Whew! 79_0084 (original airdate 8/22/1979)
Whew! 79_0085 (original airdate 8/23/1979)
Whew! 79_0086 (original airdate 8/24/1979)

Whew! 79_0087 (original airdate 8/27/1979)
Whew! 79_0088 (original airdate 8/28/1979)
Whew! 79_0089 (original airdate 8/29/1979)
Whew! 79_0090 (original airdate 8/30/1979)
Whew! 79_0091 (original airdate 8/31/1979)

Whew! 79_0092 (original airdate 9/3/1979)
Whew! 79_0093 (original airdate 9/4/1979)
Whew! 79_0094 (original airdate 9/5/1979)
(no show on September 6, 1979, due to September Magazine)
Whew! 79_0095 (original airdate 9/7/1979)

Whew! 79_0096 (original airdate 9/10/1979)
Whew! 79_0097 (original airdate 9/11/1979)
Whew! 79_0098 (original airdate 9/12/1979)
Whew! 79_0099 (original airdate 9/13/1979)
Whew! 79_0100 (original airdate 9/14/1979)

Whew! 79_0101 (original airdate 9/17/1979)
Whew! 79_0102 (original airdate 9/18/1979)
Whew! 79_0103 (original airdate 9/19/1979)
Whew! 79_0104 (original airdate 9/20/1979)
Whew! 79_0105 (original airdate 9/21/1979)

Whew! 79_0106 (original airdate 9/24/1979)
Whew! 79_0107 (original airdate 9/25/1979)
Whew! 79_0108 (original airdate 9/26/1979)
Whew! 79_0109 (original airdate 9/27/1979)
Whew! 79_0110 (original airdate 9/28/1979)

Whew! 79_0111 (original airdate 10/1/1979)
Whew! 79_0112 (original airdate 10/2/1979)
(no show on October 3, 1979, due to CBS News coverage of the Pope's visit to the U.S.)
(no show on October 4, 1979, due to October Magazine)
Whew! 79_0113 (original airdate 10/5/1979)

Whew! 79_0114 (original airdate 10/8/1979)
Whew! 79_0115 (original airdate 10/9/1979)
Whew! 79_0116 (original airdate 10/10/1979)
Whew! 79_0117 (original airdate 10/11/1979)
Whew! 79_0118 (original airdate 10/12/1979)

Whew! 79_0119 (original airdate 10/15/1979)
Whew! 79_0120 (original airdate 10/16/1979)
Whew! 79_0121 (original airdate 10/17/1979)
Whew! 79_0122 (original airdate 10/18/1979)
Whew! 79_0123 (original airdate 10/19/1979)

Whew! 79_0124 (original airdate 10/22/1979)
Whew! 79_0125 (original airdate 10/23/1979)
Whew! 79_0126 (original airdate 10/24/1979)
Whew! 79_0127 (original airdate 10/25/1979)
Whew! 79_0128 (original airdate 10/26/1979)

Whew! 79_0129 (original airdate 10/29/1979)
Whew! 79_0130 (original airdate 10/30/1979)
Whew! 79_0131 (original airdate 10/31/1979)
(no show on November 1, 1979, due to November Magazine)
Whew! 79_0132 (original airdate 11/2/1979)

Celebrity Whew! 79_0133 (original airdate 11/5/1979)
Celebrity Whew! 79_0134 (original airdate 11/6/1979)
Celebrity Whew! 79_0135 (original airdate 11/7/1979)
Celebrity Whew! 79_0136 (original airdate 11/8/1979)
Celebrity Whew! 79_0137 (original airdate 11/9/1979)

Celebrity Whew! 79_0138 (original airdate 11/12/1979)
Celebrity Whew! 79_0149 (original airdate 11/13/1979)
Celebrity Whew! 79_0140 (original airdate 11/14/1979)
Celebrity Whew! 79_0141 (original airdate 11/15/1979)
Celebrity Whew! 79_0142 (original airdate 11/16/1979)

Celebrity Whew! 79_0143 (original airdate 11/19/1979)
Celebrity Whew! 79_0144 (original airdate 11/20/1979)
Celebrity Whew! 79_0145 (original airdate 11/21/1979)
(no shows on November 22 or 23, 1979)

Whew! 79_0146 (original airdate 11/26/1979)
Whew! 79_0147 (original airdate 11/27/1979)
Whew! 79_0148 (original airdate 11/28/1979)
Whew! 79_0149 (original airdate 11/29/1979)
Whew! 79_0150 (original airdate 11/30/1979)

Celebrity Whew! 79_0151 (original airdate 12/3/1979)
Celebrity Whew! 79_0152 (original airdate 12/4/1979)
Celebrity Whew! 79_0153 (original airdate 12/5/1979)
(no show on December 6, 1979, due to December Magazine)
Celebrity Whew! 79_0154 (original airdate 12/7/1979)

Celebrity Whew! 79_0155 (original airdate 12/10/1979)
Celebrity Whew! 79_0156 (original airdate 12/11/1979)
Celebrity Whew! 79_0157 (original airdate 12/12/1979)
Celebrity Whew! 79_0158 (original airdate 12/13/1979)
Celebrity Whew! 79_0159 (original airdate 12/14/1979)

Celebrity Whew! 79_0160 (original airdate 12/17/1979)
Celebrity Whew! 79_0161 (original airdate 12/18/1979)
Celebrity Whew! 79_0162 (original airdate 12/19/1979)
Celebrity Whew! 79_0163 (original airdate 12/20/1979)
Celebrity Whew! 79_0164 (original airdate 12/21/1979)

Celebrity Whew! 79_0165 (original airdate 12/24/1979)
Celebrity Whew! 79_0166 (original airdate 12/25/1979)
Celebrity Whew! 79_0167 (original airdate 12/26/1979)
Celebrity Whew! 79_0168 (original airdate 12/27/1979)
Celebrity Whew! 79_0169 (original airdate 12/28/1979)

Celebrity Whew! 79_0170 (original airdate 12/31/1979)
(no show on January 1, 1980)
Celebrity Whew! 80_0171 (original airdate 1/2/1980)
(no show on January 3, 1980, due to January Magazine)
Celebrity Whew! 80_0172 (original airdate 1/4/1980)

Celebrity Whew! 80_0173 (original airdate 1/7/1980)
Celebrity Whew! 80_0174 (original airdate 1/8/1980)
Celebrity Whew! 80_0175 (original airdate 1/9/1980)
Celebrity Whew! 80_0176 (original airdate 1/10/1980)
Celebrity Whew! 80_0177 (original airdate 1/11/1980)

Celebrity Whew! 80_0178 (original airdate 1/14/1980)
Celebrity Whew! 80_0179 (original airdate 1/15/1980)
Celebrity Whew! 80_0180 (original airdate 1/16/1980)
Celebrity Whew! 80_0181 (original airdate 1/17/1980)
Celebrity Whew! 80_0182 (original airdate 1/18/1980)

Celebrity Whew! 80_0183 (original airdate 1/21/1980)
Celebrity Whew! 80_0184 (original airdate 1/22/1980)
Celebrity Whew! 80_0185 (original airdate 1/23/1980)
Celebrity Whew! 80_0186 (original airdate 1/24/1980)
Celebrity Whew! 80_0187 (original airdate 1/25/1980)

Celebrity Whew! 80_0188 (original airdate 1/28/1980)
Celebrity Whew! 80_0189 (original airdate 1/29/1980)
Celebrity Whew! 80_0190 (original airdate 1/30/1980)
Celebrity Whew! 80_0191 (original airdate 1/31/1980)
Celebrity Whew! 80_0192 (original airdate 2/1/1980)

Celebrity Whew! 80_0193 (original airdate 2/4/1980)
Celebrity Whew! 80_0194 (original airdate 2/5/1980)
Celebrity Whew! 80_0195 (original airdate 2/6/1980)
(no show on February 7, 1980, due to February Magazine)
Celebrity Whew! 80_0196 (original airdate 2/8/1980)

Celebrity Whew! 80_0197 (original airdate 2/11/1980)
Celebrity Whew! 80_0198 (original airdate 2/12/1980)
Celebrity Whew! 80_0199 (original airdate 2/13/1980)
Celebrity Whew! 80_0200 (original airdate 2/14/1980)
Celebrity Whew! 80_0201 (original airdate 2/15/1980)

Celebrity Whew! 80_0202 (original airdate 2/18/1980)
Celebrity Whew! 80_0203 (original airdate 2/19/1980)
Celebrity Whew! 80_0204 (original airdate 2/20/1980)
Celebrity Whew! 80_0205 (original airdate 2/21/1980)
Celebrity Whew! 80_0206 (original airdate 2/22/1980)

Celebrity Whew! 80_0207 (original airdate 2/25/1980)
Celebrity Whew! 80_0208 (original airdate 2/26/1980)
Celebrity Whew! 80_0209 (original airdate 2/27/1980)
Celebrity Whew! 80_0210 (original airdate 2/28/1980)
Celebrity Whew! 80_0211 (original airdate 2/29/1980)

Celebrity Whew! 80_0212 (original airdate 3/3/1980)
Celebrity Whew! 80_0213 (original airdate 3/4/1980)
Celebrity Whew! 80_0214 (original airdate 3/5/1980)
(no show on March 6, 1980, due to March Magazine)
Celebrity Whew! 80_0215 (original airdate 3/7/1980)

Celebrity Whew! 80_0216 (original airdate 3/10/1980)
Celebrity Whew! 80_0217 (original airdate 3/11/1980)
Celebrity Whew! 80_0218 (original airdate 3/12/1980)
Celebrity Whew! 80_0219 (original airdate 3/13/1980)
Celebrity Whew! 80_0220 (original airdate 3/14/1980)

Celebrity Whew! 80_0221 (original airdate 3/17/1980)
Celebrity Whew! 80_0222 (original airdate 3/18/1980)
Celebrity Whew! 80_0223 (original airdate 3/19/1980)
Celebrity Whew! 80_0224 (original airdate 3/20/1980)
Celebrity Whew! 80_0225 (original airdate 3/21/1980)

Celebrity Whew! 80_0226 (original airdate 3/24/1980)
Celebrity Whew! 80_0227 (original airdate 3/25/1980)
Celebrity Whew! 80_0228 (original airdate 3/26/1980)
Celebrity Whew! 80_0229 (original airdate 3/27/1980)
Celebrity Whew! 80_0230 (original airdate 3/28/1980)

Celebrity Whew! 80_0231 (original airdate 3/31/1980)
Celebrity Whew! 80_0232 (original airdate 4/1/1980)
Celebrity Whew! 80_0233 (original airdate 4/2/1980)
(no show on April 3, 1980, due to April Magazine)
Celebrity Whew! 80_0234 (original airdate 4/4/1980)

Celebrity Whew! 80_0235 (original airdate 4/7/1980)
Celebrity Whew! 80_0236 (original airdate 4/8/1980)
Celebrity Whew! 80_0237 (original airdate 4/9/1980)
Celebrity Whew! 80_0238 (original airdate 4/10/1980)
Celebrity Whew! 80_0239 (original airdate 4/11/1980)

Celebrity Whew! 80_0240 (original airdate 4/14/1980)
Celebrity Whew! 80_0241 (original airdate 4/15/1980)
Celebrity Whew! 80_0242 (original airdate 4/16/1980)
Celebrity Whew! 80_0243 (original airdate 4/17/1980)
Celebrity Whew! 80_0244 (original airdate 4/18/1980)

Celebrity Whew! 80_0245 (original airdate 4/21/1980)
Celebrity Whew! 80_0246 (original airdate 4/22/1980)
Celebrity Whew! 80_0247 (original airdate 4/23/1980)
Celebrity Whew! 80_0248 (original airdate 4/24/1980)
Celebrity Whew! 80_0249 (original airdate 4/25/1980)

Celebrity Whew! 80_0250 (original airdate 4/28/1980)
Celebrity Whew! 80_0251 (original airdate 4/29/1980)
Celebrity Whew! 80_0252 (original airdate 4/30/1980)
(no show on May 1, 1980, due to May Magazine)
Celebrity Whew! 80_0253 (original airdate 5/2/1980)

Celebrity Whew! 80_0254 (original airdate 5/5/1980)
Celebrity Whew! 80_0255 (original airdate 5/6/1980)
Celebrity Whew! 80_0256 (original airdate 5/7/1980)
Celebrity Whew! 80_0257 (original airdate 5/8/1980)
Celebrity Whew! 80_0258 (original airdate 5/9/1980)

Celebrity Whew! 80_0259 (original airdate 5/12/1980)
Celebrity Whew! 80_0260 (original airdate 5/13/1980)
Celebrity Whew! 80_0261 (original airdate 5/14/1980)
Celebrity Whew! 80_0262 (original airdate 5/15/1980)
Celebrity Whew! 80_0263 (original airdate 5/16/1980)

Celebrity Whew! 80_0264 (original airdate 5/19/1980)
Celebrity Whew! 80_0265 (original airdate 5/20/1980)
Celebrity Whew! 80_0266 (original airdate 5/21/1980)
Celebrity Whew! 80_0267 (original airdate 5/22/1980)
Celebrity Whew! 80_0268 (original airdate 5/23/1980)

Celebrity Whew! 80_0269 (original airdate 5/26/1980)
Celebrity Whew! 80_0270 (original airdate 5/27/1980)
Celebrity Whew! 80_0271 (original airdate 5/28/1980)
Celebrity Whew! 80_0272 (original airdate 5/29/1980)
Celebrity Whew! 80_0273 (original airdate 5/30/1980)
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: Ian Wallis on August 20, 2021, 02:54:07 PM
So, this should be close to, if not exactly right?

Whew! 79_0001 (original airdate 4/23/1979)
.
.
.
Celebrity Whew! 80_0273 (original airdate 5/30/1980)

This sounds pretty realistic.  I always thought the 247 number was too low.

Too bad they're skipping so many episodes - I wonder if it's to line it more up with the calendar - so when Tom says celebrities will be playing starting Nov 5th, it'll be pretty close to that date when they get to them (?)

Hopefully the skipped episodes will pop up eventually.
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: tvmitch on August 20, 2021, 04:24:33 PM
Do we have a list of the celebrities who played? I poked around some of the Wiki-type articles about the show and didn't see any. I count ~29 weeks of celebrity shows, give or take.

I am wondering if there is some subtraction to be done...perhaps some of the celebrities didn't clear their appearances? The only celeb shows I see on YouTube have Marcia Wallace, Gary Collins, Betty White, John Saxon, Mary Ann Mobley, and Robert Vaughn.

Also, that post-Thanksgiving week with no celebrities is interesting. Perhaps they saw a bump in ratings from November sweeps, and decided to make the format switch on very short notice.

Also, poking through YouTube, I found this Winker upload of show "A-131 D" with a VTR of 10/5/79, where Tom references the first celebrity week starting "next Monday." Whether this corresponds with Bryce's show 131, I'm not sure...it may be from the prior week of shows, as Tom emphasized "next" and didn't say "this Monday."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rNpLuEoDts
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: Ian Wallis on August 20, 2021, 10:47:50 PM

Also, poking through YouTube, I found this Winker upload of show "A-131 D" with a VTR of 10/5/79, where Tom references the first celebrity week starting "next Monday." Whether this corresponds with Bryce's show 131, I'm not sure...it may be from the prior week of shows, as Tom emphasized "next" and didn't say "this Monday."


Wink also posted 132-D with the same VTR date.  Tom mentions that it's Halloween and to watch "tomorrow" for the CBS Magazine, and that they'll be back on Friday.  131-D most likely aired 10/30/79 instead of 10/31.  Looks like it could be one off.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPudRBp2K7E&t=85s
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: thomas_meighan on August 22, 2021, 01:22:30 AM
There are nine TV Guides from early 1980 on archive.org, and looking through them yielded several weeks of celebrity listings for "Whew!" Not every consecutive week was available, and that causes a small problem: TV Guide ran Saturday-Friday, but because of preemptions, "Whew!" often changed celebrities in the middle of a week. While one would presume that five episodes were taped with each pair of celebrities, shorter or longer weeks are possible. In order to keep the data "pure," below I've listed only the dates that I found in TV Guide; my speculation as to the airdates of the rest of a taping week is in brackets.

Jan 7-11, 1980: Elaine Joyce & Sal Viscuso
Jan 14-18, 1980: Gina Hecht & Brian Patrick Clarke
Jan 21-25, 1980: Joan Prather & Jay Johnson
Jan 28-Feb 1, 1980: Roxie Roker & Richard Paul
Feb 18, 1980: Meredith MacRae & Jon Walmsley [rest of this week probably aired Feb 12-15]
Feb 19-22 & 25, 1980: Rita Moreno & Ross Martin
Feb 26-29, 1980: Mary Ann Mobley & Gary Collins [rest of this week probably aired Mar 3]
Mar 10-11, 1980: Jamie Farr & Dick Gautier [rest of this week probably aired Mar 4-5 & 7]
Mar 12-14, 1980: Marcia Wallace & Clifton Davis [rest of this week probably aired Mar 17-18]
Apr 28, 1980: Meredith MacRae & Jack Carter [see note]
Apr 29-30, May 2 & 5-6, 1980: Joan Prather & Robert Mandan
May 7-9: Roxie Roker & Dick Gautier [rest of this week may have aired May 12-13]

Note: I'm uncertain about the airdates of the rest of this taping week. After the April 3 "Magazine," new celebs should've started appearing on Thursdays until the next "Magazine" day. Possibly some shorter weeks were taped or there were additional preemptions.
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Post by: Bryce L. on August 22, 2021, 01:41:27 AM
To add to the above, in my own holdings...

* An episode dated April 8, 1980 with Trish Stewart and Jamie Farr
* Two episodes, dated May 20 and 21, with Mary Ann Mobley and Gary Collins
* Two episodes, dated May 22 and 23, with Marcia Wallace and Robert Vaughn
* The series finale, featuring Betty White and John Saxon.
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Post by: tvmitch on August 22, 2021, 06:58:19 AM
There are nine TV Guides from early 1980 on archive.org, and looking through them yielded several weeks of celebrity listings for "Whew!"
This is great data, thanks for the research. Interesting that there aren't many repeat celebrities...looks like Marcia Wallace and Roxie Roker each did two separate weeks. Interesting that Mary Ann Mobley and Gary Collins may have had two separate weeks in Feb and May. Perhaps the May airing was a repeat.
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Post by: Jimmy Owen on August 22, 2021, 12:03:34 PM
There are nine TV Guides from early 1980 on archive.org, and looking through them yielded several weeks of celebrity listings for "Whew!" Not every consecutive week was available, and that causes a small problem: TV Guide ran Saturday-Friday, but because of preemptions, "Whew!" often changed celebrities in the middle of a week. While one would presume that five episodes were taped with each pair of celebrities, shorter or longer weeks are possible. In order to keep the data "pure," below I've listed only the dates that I found in TV Guide; my speculation as to the airdates of the rest of a taping week is in brackets.

Jan 7-11, 1980: Elaine Joyce & Sal Viscuso
Jan 14-18, 1980: Gina Hecht & Brian Patrick Clarke
Jan 21-25, 1980: Joan Prather & Jay Johnson
Jan 28-Feb 1, 1980: Roxie Roker & Richard Paul
Feb 18, 1980: Meredith MacRae & Jon Walmsley [rest of this week probably aired Feb 12-15]
Feb 19-22 & 25, 1980: Rita Moreno & Ross Martin
Feb 26-29, 1980: Mary Ann Mobley & Gary Collins [rest of this week probably aired Mar 3]
Mar 10-11, 1980: Jamie Farr & Dick Gautier [rest of this week probably aired Mar 4-5 & 7]
Mar 12-14, 1980: Marcia Wallace & Clifton Davis [rest of this week probably aired Mar 17-18]
Apr 28, 1980: Meredith MacRae & Jack Carter [see note]
Apr 29-30, May 2 & 5-6, 1980: Joan Prather & Robert Mandan
May 7-9: Roxie Roker & Dick Gautier [rest of this week may have aired May 12-13]

Note: I'm uncertain about the airdates of the rest of this taping week. After the April 3 "Magazine," new celebs should've started appearing on Thursdays until the next "Magazine" day. Possibly some shorter weeks were taped or there were additional preemptions.
.  According to TV Guide LA edition, the first week of celebs started Nov 5, 1979 with Carol Lawrence and Patrick (You Block!) Wayne. November 12 was Sal Viscuso and Carol Wayne (who could also be seen on Mindreaders that week) November 19-21 was Linwood Boomer and Mary Ann Mobley.  Back to regular format the next Monday.

The permanent Celebrity run started Wednesday  December 5, 1979 with Didi Conn and John Schuck
12/12-Richard Kline and Rita Moreno
12/20-Gary Collins and Trish Stewart
12/27-Robert Mandan and Michael Young.  That wraps up 1979.  If wanted, I can fill in the rest of the 1980 run.
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Post by: thomas_meighan on August 22, 2021, 09:26:49 PM
That wraps up 1979.  If wanted, I can fill in the rest of the 1980 run.

I vote yes!
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Post by: Jimmy Owen on August 23, 2021, 06:26:09 AM
That wraps up 1979.  If wanted, I can fill in the rest of the 1980 run.

I vote yes!
. Here is 1980 previously undocumented....
Feb 4 Didi Conn, Patrick Wayne
Feb 19 Ross Martin, Rita Moreno

Mar 19 Carolyn Jones, Michael Young
Mar 26 Richard Kline, Betty White
Mar 31 Elaine Joyce, John Saxon

Apr 8 Jamie Farr, Trish Stewart
Apr 15 Grant Goodeve, Marilyn McCoo
Apr 22 Jack Carter, Meredith McRae

May 15 Gary Collins, Mary Ann Mobley

May 22 Robert Vaughn, Marcia Wallace
May 29 John Saxon, Betty White
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Post by: That Don Guy on August 23, 2021, 04:21:07 PM
The permanent Celebrity run started Wednesday  December 5, 1979 with Didi Conn and John Schuck
12/12-Richard Kline and Rita Moreno
12/20-Gary Collins and Trish Stewart
12/27-Robert Mandan and Michael Young.  That wraps up 1979.  If wanted, I can fill in the rest of the 1980 run.

Kline & Moreno started 12/12, or 12/13? I am trying to match the airdate schedule with the celebrity list, but if they started on 12/12, then they were on for 6 episodes while Conn & Schuck were on for only 4 (because of the pre-emption on 12/6).

The only other discrepancies I have are:
Richard Kline & Betty White only have three episodes (3/26-28)
Roxie Roker & Dick Gautier have six episodes (5/7-9; 5/12-14)
Also, John Saxon & Betty White only have two episodes (5/29-30), but those were the last two episodes of the run.
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Post by: Jimmy Owen on August 23, 2021, 06:00:47 PM
It all depends on the information given to TV Guide. Roker and Gautier were listed for 6 shows.

TV Guide also only had Bill Cullen guest hosting P+ for one week, when it was actually 4(?). The other weeks the listings had Allen Ludden.

Stations and networks had the right to make last minute changes.
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Post by: SRIV94 on September 04, 2021, 04:21:34 PM
One formatics question I’ve never really figured out—were the bloopers supposed to be more difficult going from left to right, or was there no other correlation and the bloopers placed randomly?
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Post by: SuperMatch93 on September 04, 2021, 04:35:47 PM
One formatics question I’ve never really figured out—were the bloopers supposed to be more difficult going from left to right, or was there no other correlation and the bloopers placed randomly?

From what I've seen, the harder questions were worth more.
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Post by: nowhammies10 on September 05, 2021, 11:23:38 AM
Quoting from Randy's website:
Quote
Difficulty increases horizontally, not vertically.  A $10 blooper is a $10 blooper is a $10 blooper.
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Post by: Ian Wallis on September 05, 2021, 11:48:15 AM
They weren't trying to be vague about it either...I recall Tom mentioning a few times that the $10 bloopers were the easier ones and the $50 bloopers the harder ones.
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Post by: Blanquepage on September 05, 2021, 07:06:21 PM
"Whew!" indeed, what a fun 3 hours that was. I'm betting on why episode 3 was skipped...

(spoiler that references outcomes)

I think the idea was to both show how the series began, and chronicle the journey of the first long-reigning champ Andrea.
Lost & Found will probably show how it ended with episode 8; episode 3 was skipped because one needed to be skipped to lead up to the cliffhanger episode 7.
Guess we'll see?
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Post by: The Ol' Guy on September 05, 2021, 07:16:06 PM
Watching them again just served to remind that Tom was the perfect host for Whew. His energy level fit the pace. 
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Post by: tpirfan28 on September 05, 2021, 07:45:55 PM
At least they only made Tom fight with that microphone holder for one show.
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Post by: TimK2003 on September 05, 2021, 07:46:55 PM
Weird seeing a contestant forget to move up to the next level.

There was one round where Andrea solved a blooper on Level 5, then called for another amount on the same level, and they played it out.  Needless to say, despite that, she got up to and completed Level 6 just in time.
 
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Post by: ChrisLambert! on September 05, 2021, 07:57:38 PM
Watching them again just served to remind that Tom was the perfect host for Whew. His energy level fit the pace.

Not to mention the ability to keep the game on the rails when the wrong bloopers were flipped on the board or the wrong sound effect was played.
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Post by: Adam Nedeff on September 05, 2021, 08:29:53 PM
Weird seeing a contestant forget to move up to the next level.

There was one round where Andrea solved a blooper on Level 5, then called for another amount on the same level, and they played it out.  Needless to say, despite that, she got up to and completed Level 6 just in time.
 

“Forget” or “padded her money”? Remember,  your time in the Gauntlet is based on how much money you make in the main game. If you have enough charging time left, why not answer an extra blooper and pump up your money a little?
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Post by: Bobby B. on September 05, 2021, 08:42:50 PM
Having seen very few episodes before now, I was surprised to see the amount of chargers getting to the top of the board and winning.  I had thought that was somewhat of a rarity.. It will be interesting to see if that changes as they get later in the run.
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Post by: TimK2003 on September 05, 2021, 08:48:05 PM
Weird seeing a contestant forget to move up to the next level.

There was one round where Andrea solved a blooper on Level 5, then called for another amount on the same level, and they played it out.  Needless to say, despite that, she got up to and completed Level 6 just in time.
 

“Forget” or “padded her money”? Remember,  your time in the Gauntlet is based on how much money you make in the main game. If you have enough charging time left, why not answer an extra blooper and pump up your money a little?

I didn't think it was an official option in the game.  With all the other miscues seen during the opening week and ½ eps., (wrong SFX'S, wrong boxes turned, late turns,...) that it was another oopsie, but they kept it in since everything ended okay.
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Post by: Ian Wallis on September 05, 2021, 09:42:49 PM
I can't get BUZZR over the air where I live.  I tried going to BUZZR's website but I couldn't get it to load and the online stream wasn't working.  A couple of people I've traded with lately have also said they've been having issues lately and a lot of the time it hasn't worked.  The last time I got it to work was when they aired the syndicated Tattletales some time back - the few times I've tried it since then it hasn't loaded.

Tried going to PlutoTV but can't find BUZZR - can only see about 8 channels there and the search doesn't bring it up.

Frustrating, as I was looking forward to seeing this.  Hopefully the channel will get their stream working so I can maybe see some of the daily episodes.

I've enjoyed the clips they've put on youtube (and it's surprising how close to air they taped the initial episodes) I hope some of the full episodes will be posted online soon!
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Post by: MikeK on September 05, 2021, 09:53:59 PM
While I don't disagree with Adam's assessment, what positive gain is there by selecting 5-$20 in that situation, unless you know you earned $x80 or $x90, where that $20 equates to an extra second at the Gauntlet?  If a contestant hits a block at level 6 while earning that extra Andrew Jackson, that player can't win the round.  Risk vs. reward.  And all that's not taking into consideration that 5-$20 could be a block...
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: whewfan on September 05, 2021, 10:31:23 PM
Weird seeing a contestant forget to move up to the next level.

There was one round where Andrea solved a blooper on Level 5, then called for another amount on the same level, and they played it out.  Needless to say, despite that, she got up to and completed Level 6 just in time.
 

“Forget” or “padded her money”? Remember,  your time in the Gauntlet is based on how much money you make in the main game. If you have enough charging time left, why not answer an extra blooper and pump up your money a little?

Was it the rule that you could solve more than one blooper per level if desired? I wondered if she called "Level 5, 20" out of nerves, not realizing she already solved one blooper in the same level.
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Post by: Blanquepage on September 05, 2021, 11:23:27 PM
I can't get BUZZR over the air where I live.  I tried going to BUZZR's website but I couldn't get it to load and the online stream wasn't working.  A couple of people I've traded with lately have also said they've been having issues lately and a lot of the time it hasn't worked.  The last time I got it to work was when they aired the syndicated Tattletales some time back - the few times I've tried it since then it hasn't loaded.

Tried going to PlutoTV but can't find BUZZR - can only see about 8 channels there and the search doesn't bring it up.

Frustrating, as I was looking forward to seeing this.  Hopefully the channel will get their stream working so I can maybe see some of the daily episodes.

I've enjoyed the clips they've put on youtube (and it's surprising how close to air they taped the initial episodes) I hope some of the full episodes will be posted online soon!

No one should go without these, quite frankly. So here are all 6, but do your own BUZZR break bumper crop-outs yer own gosh darn selves  :D
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1UE4mCHm-mEEhw3Kqzu0BFC8lRkzj_7Wl?usp=sharing
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Post by: Clay Zambo on September 06, 2021, 12:02:50 AM
Thanks so much!
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Post by: chargeradiocom on September 06, 2021, 01:16:34 AM
I can't get BUZZR over the air where I live.  I tried going to BUZZR's website but I couldn't get it to load and the online stream wasn't working.  A couple of people I've traded with lately have also said they've been having issues lately and a lot of the time it hasn't worked.  The last time I got it to work was when they aired the syndicated Tattletales some time back - the few times I've tried it since then it hasn't loaded.

Tried going to PlutoTV but can't find BUZZR - can only see about 8 channels there and the search doesn't bring it up.

Frustrating, as I was looking forward to seeing this.  Hopefully the channel will get their stream working so I can maybe see some of the daily episodes.

I've enjoyed the clips they've put on youtube (and it's surprising how close to air they taped the initial episodes) I hope some of the full episodes will be posted online soon!

Not sure how you’re trying to stream it exactly but here are a few direct links that might help get you there:

Pluto TV: https://www.pluto.tv/en/live-tv/buzzr

Roku Channel (you don’t need a Roku device if you’re streaming on your computer or mobile): https://therokuchannel.roku.com/watch/5b602e2bf2b9502ba0a6e715f540da56/buzzr

Distro TV: https://www.distro.tv/live/buzzr

Hopefully one of these will help.
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Post by: snowpeck on September 06, 2021, 01:54:25 AM
I can't get BUZZR over the air where I live.  I tried going to BUZZR's website but I couldn't get it to load and the online stream wasn't working.  A couple of people I've traded with lately have also said they've been having issues lately and a lot of the time it hasn't worked.  The last time I got it to work was when they aired the syndicated Tattletales some time back - the few times I've tried it since then it hasn't loaded.

Tried going to PlutoTV but can't find BUZZR - can only see about 8 channels there and the search doesn't bring it up.

Frustrating, as I was looking forward to seeing this.  Hopefully the channel will get their stream working so I can maybe see some of the daily episodes.

I've enjoyed the clips they've put on youtube (and it's surprising how close to air they taped the initial episodes) I hope some of the full episodes will be posted online soon!

Not sure how you’re trying to stream it exactly but here are a few direct links that might help get you there:

Pluto TV: https://www.pluto.tv/en/live-tv/buzzr

Roku Channel (you don’t need a Roku device if you’re streaming on your computer or mobile): https://therokuchannel.roku.com/watch/5b602e2bf2b9502ba0a6e715f540da56/buzzr

Distro TV: https://www.distro.tv/live/buzzr

Hopefully one of these will help.
IIRC, Ian is in Canada, so that's the main problem. I think Buzzr is geo-blocking the stream on their website and it's not on Pluto TV in Canada either. Not sure about the other two sites you suggested and whether they work in Canada.
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Post by: chargeradiocom on September 06, 2021, 02:24:38 AM
I can't get BUZZR over the air where I live.  I tried going to BUZZR's website but I couldn't get it to load and the online stream wasn't working.  A couple of people I've traded with lately have also said they've been having issues lately and a lot of the time it hasn't worked.  The last time I got it to work was when they aired the syndicated Tattletales some time back - the few times I've tried it since then it hasn't loaded.

Tried going to PlutoTV but can't find BUZZR - can only see about 8 channels there and the search doesn't bring it up.

Frustrating, as I was looking forward to seeing this.  Hopefully the channel will get their stream working so I can maybe see some of the daily episodes.

I've enjoyed the clips they've put on youtube (and it's surprising how close to air they taped the initial episodes) I hope some of the full episodes will be posted online soon!

Not sure how you’re trying to stream it exactly but here are a few direct links that might help get you there:

Pluto TV: https://www.pluto.tv/en/live-tv/buzzr

Roku Channel (you don’t need a Roku device if you’re streaming on your computer or mobile): https://therokuchannel.roku.com/watch/5b602e2bf2b9502ba0a6e715f540da56/buzzr

Distro TV: https://www.distro.tv/live/buzzr

Hopefully one of these will help.
IIRC, Ian is in Canada, so that's the main problem. I think Buzzr is geo-blocking the stream on their website and it's not on Pluto TV in Canada either. Not sure about the other two sites you suggested and whether they work in Canada.
I wasn’t realizing that. Yeah, geoblocking could definitely be the issue. I imagine Roku Channel has similar geographical restrictions to Pluto. No idea about Distro, though; it might be worth a shot.
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Post by: tyshaun1 on September 06, 2021, 07:28:24 AM
Watching them again just served to remind that Tom was the perfect host for Whew. His energy level fit the pace.

Not to mention the ability to keep the game on the rails when the wrong bloopers were flipped on the board or the wrong sound effect was played.
It was quite amazing how many production errors there were early on... they played the "Times Up!" sounder a time or two, complete with the win music after a longshot was called. And after one of the bonus rounds they started to play a different music cue. ISTR most of the shows BITD seemed to not want to edit unless the game play was affected, even if it makes things appear sloppy.
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Post by: Ian Wallis on September 06, 2021, 07:41:46 AM
It was quite amazing how many production errors there were early on... they played the "Times Up!" sounder a time or two, complete with the win music after a longshot was called. And after one of the bonus rounds they started to play a different music cue. ISTR most of the shows BITD seemed to not want to edit unless the game play was affected, even if it makes things appear sloppy.

I noticed that too - it seemed to take a few shows to get some of the kinks worked out.  I'd imagine this was a complicated show to produce.  It must have been kind of a rush job getting that board reloaded after every round - and most of it went unrevealed.  In looking at the slates posted on youtube, it appears they taped the first episode on 4/21 and the rest of the first week on 4/22.  Strange that they'd only do one episode the first day - maybe they had a lot of production issues and it took a while figuring everything out.
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Post by: Ian Wallis on September 06, 2021, 07:49:57 AM
IIRC, Ian is in Canada, so that's the main problem. I think Buzzr is geo-blocking the stream on their website and it's not on Pluto TV in Canada either. Not sure about the other two sites you suggested and whether they work in Canada.

I'm in the Toronto area and I've been able to stream the site before, but that was a few months ago.  Now, whenever I try to go the site it just spins and spins and says the site can't be reached.  Strange that they'd even block the site from loading.  Even if streams don't work, the sites always load.  Something must have changed on their end.

None of those other links work.  Is it still possible to setup some sort of proxy server?  I'm not a big tech guy - unless it's intuitive I usually struggle figuring these things out.

There is a digital channel in Buffalo (about 60 miles away as the crow flies) that carries BUZZR, but it's a weak station and I think I'm just outside of their range.

Just out of curiosity, since I can't even load their site, does anyone have an e-mail contact address for them - maybe I could inquire?

I guess I'll have to hope that some of these episodes will find their way online (thanks Jamie for the earlier post - it worked fine).

Sucks.
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Post by: DYosua on September 06, 2021, 08:10:24 AM
Just out of curiosity, since I can't even load their site, does anyone have an e-mail contact address for them - maybe I could inquire?
The "contact us" e-mail address on their web site is askbuzzr@buzzrtv.com although since you are having issues reaching the site, I don't know if that will work for you.  Their e-mail newsletter comes from askbuzzr@buzzrplay.com although I suspects that one forwards to the other.
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Post by: Blanquepage on September 06, 2021, 09:20:03 AM
I've used ExpressVPN, and whenever I'm connected to another country the BUZZR stream fails. Perhaps the inverse would work for you, Ian. If you're up to using a VPN, give it a shot and connect to one based in the US.
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Post by: calliaume on September 06, 2021, 09:53:06 AM
I got error messages yesterday too, and I'm not in Canada. All three browsers had the message "The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported." (I watched it on Pluto TV.) Today I cleared my cache, and two of the three browsers now work--although I'm still getting the same message on Firefox, my primary browser. Strange.
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Post by: Matt Ottinger on September 06, 2021, 09:55:32 AM
I got "the media could not be loaded", refreshed, and it was fine.

Could we game show fans have overloaded their poor servers?
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Post by: MSTieScott on September 06, 2021, 11:44:51 AM
It must have been kind of a rush job getting that board reloaded after every round

Yesterday, some friends and I were discussing that. As we watched the mini-marathon, we figured out that there were actually two game boards. On one board, the backlit 3 on level three was installed upside down and backward; on the other board, it's installed correctly. During the first week, there was also a different bulb out along the right side of each board's chase lights.
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: Kniwt on September 06, 2021, 11:55:40 AM
On one board, the backlit 3 on level three was installed upside down and backward; on the other board, it's installed correctly. During the first week, there was also a different bulb out along the right side of each board's chase lights.

This is exactly the type of quality content that keeps me coming back here. :)
(Really, not snark.)
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Post by: tvmitch on September 06, 2021, 03:45:32 PM
Sucks.
Ian, I would recommend trying out Channels DVR software if you have a spare PC available. It is a homebrew DVR that costs a few dollars a month, but it can easily give you DVR capabilities for Buzzr once set up.

https://getchannels.com/

You can set up Channels to pull in feeds from a free Sling TV subscription. I would imagine you’d need a VPN; I use NordVPN for my DVR setup and it works well. I have used the Sling TV feed of Buzzr to DVR a bunch of Buzzr recently, including Whew!.

If you or anyone else would like more info on this, please let me know. I am happy to write a step by step guide if there is interest.
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: Bryce L. on September 06, 2021, 04:44:28 PM
Watching now, and I got to ask... when the Charger would run offstage, did it always sound like a herd of elephants stomping through, followed by someone slamming a door behind them?
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Post by: catnap1972 on September 06, 2021, 05:00:51 PM
Watching now, and I got to ask... when the Charger would run offstage, did it always sound like a herd of elephants stomping through, followed by someone slamming a door behind them?

It seems inconsistent.  Either that or they tried it and got negative feedback and dropped it later on (the eps from October WinC posted and the celebrity eps don't seem to have it)
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Post by: weaklink75 on September 06, 2021, 05:11:31 PM
Nice to see this other than the eps that have been floating around- didn't air in DC (neither did TPIR at the time) and our Baltimore reception was iffy at times so never saw it this clear before...

And interesting to see according to the ep that aired today the Gauntlet was only won about 1 in every 6 tries- with the length and pace of the bloopers in that round, looks like you needed to get 10 out of 12-14 depending on how much extra time you had..
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: KrisW73 on September 07, 2021, 05:20:29 PM
Watching now, and I got to ask... when the Charger would run offstage, did it always sound like a herd of elephants stomping through, followed by someone slamming a door behind them?

I don't recall hearing that sound effect during the marathon on Sunday - my guess is the sound was added into the effects used a few weeks in
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: That Don Guy on September 07, 2021, 07:20:01 PM
Watching now, and I got to ask... when the Charger would run offstage, did it always sound like a herd of elephants stomping through, followed by someone slamming a door behind them?

I don't recall hearing that sound effect during the marathon on Sunday - my guess is the sound was added into the effects used a few weeks in

I don't remember it either (keep in mind I wouldn't have seen any episodes in the first eight weeks or so, except possibly on Memorial Day). Then again, I also "remember" that the "long shot block" was brown instead of red.
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Post by: parliboy on September 07, 2021, 08:14:44 PM
Was it the rule that you could solve more than one blooper per level if desired? I wondered if she called "Level 5, 20" out of nerves, not realizing she already solved one blooper in the same level.

Digging deep into archive.org, we find from Randy Amasia's rules release:

When charging, I may not proceed to the next level until I have correctly answered at least one blooper on that level

So, yes, you were allowed to select again from the same level.  Or to be more accurate, it's another way to penalize a charger that's not paying attention.

Edit: listen to Tom Kennedy's tone right before she went to the next level.  This was planned for.
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: TimK2003 on September 07, 2021, 08:20:15 PM
Watching now, and I got to ask... when the Charger would run offstage, did it always sound like a herd of elephants stomping through, followed by someone slamming a door behind them?

I don't recall hearing that sound effect during the marathon on Sunday - my guess is the sound was added into the effects used a few weeks in

It was added later in the series.  And somewhere along the line, they killed it off sometime around the Celebrity era.

Speaking of sfx, I am so glad that they changed the charging bell to the familiar CLANG we all know and love.  The one they used at the start just never felt right.

And was anyone else scratching their head after the first Gauntlet win on Sunday's marathon?  It was a subdued celebration. ‐‐ before I knew it the music was over (they used a short win cue) and the set wasn't going as apes*it as it did later in the run.  I'm glad they changed that as well.
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: JMFabiano on September 07, 2021, 08:51:18 PM
On today's episode have they cut out the PIR/news plug?  I heard a jump in the end theme, I think.
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: Ian Wallis on September 07, 2021, 11:34:56 PM
On today's episode have they cut out the PIR/news plug?  I heard a jump in the end theme, I think.

Has BUZZR been doing this with any other shows lately?  In what I've seen of the network (from a trip to Florida in early 2020), plus episodes I've traded for, they've left all the "stay tuned for..." plugs in.  Are they editing them out of shows like Match Game now too, or just Whew!?
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: Bryce L. on September 08, 2021, 03:58:45 AM
Are they editing them out of shows like Match Game now too, or just Whew!?
Have been with Match Game for a while now.
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: Jimmy Owen on September 08, 2021, 05:34:55 AM
Are they editing them out of shows like Match Game now too, or just Whew!?
Have been with Match Game for a while now.
. It does make sense, after all, TPIR, Secret Storm, Musical Chairs, Give-n-Take are NOT coming up next..
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: tyshaun1 on September 08, 2021, 07:24:03 AM
It was added later in the series.  And somewhere along the line, they killed it off sometime around the Celebrity era.

Speaking of sfx, I am so glad that they changed the charging bell to the familiar CLANG we all know and love.  The one they used at the start just never felt right.

And was anyone else scratching their head after the first Gauntlet win on Sunday's marathon?  It was a subdued celebration. ‐‐ before I knew it the music was over (they used a short win cue) and the set wasn't going as apes*it as it did later in the run.  I'm glad they changed that as well.
This show went back and forth with 3 directors over the course of its run; first it was Bill Carruthers, them Tom Trbovich, and later Chris Darley (who also directed "Second Chance"). I'm guessing the SFX came and went with them.
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: Otm Shank on September 08, 2021, 05:29:37 PM
Noticed something on the first game of the second episode. I played it several times, and I'm pretty sure the charger, Annie, answers a blooper on the top level with "wedding ring" just starting her answer before the buzz-buzz for time. The correct answer was "rings." Did they bring her back? Or are my old ears mishearing this?
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: gamed121683 on September 08, 2021, 06:15:52 PM
On today's episode have they cut out the PIR/news plug?  I heard a jump in the end theme, I think.

Listening to today's rerun with a pair of headphones, I hate to disappoint the nostalgia lovers out there, but BUZZR indeed cut out Rod's "Stay tuned for 'The Price Is Right'..." plug at the end. After Rod says, "This is Rod Roddy speaking", if you listen very carefully...you can hear  a little bit of Rod saying "Stay" before they quickly fade it out.

Whew! reruns on Buzzr: Now with 5 seconds more theme song!
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: snowpeck on September 08, 2021, 07:05:33 PM
Noticed something on the first game of the second episode. I played it several times, and I'm pretty sure the charger, Annie, answers a blooper on the top level with "wedding ring" just starting her answer before the buzz-buzz for time. The correct answer was "rings." Did they bring her back? Or are my old ears mishearing this?
When they came back from commercial, Tom said that she had indeed answered the blooper but not within the two second time limit.
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: MSTieScott on September 08, 2021, 10:47:55 PM
Listening to today's rerun with a pair of headphones, I hate to disappoint the nostalgia lovers out there, but BUZZR indeed cut out Rod's "Stay tuned for 'The Price Is Right'..." plug at the end.

I understand why Buzzr has to cut out addresses and phone numbers, but this extra expense still baffles me. Are there Buzzr viewers who get upset when they don't receive the episode of Tattletales that Johnny Olson from 1976 promised them? Is there some issue with the phrase "these CBS stations," even though there are plenty of references within assorted shows to being on CBS or NBC? I don't understand why they're expending the effort to make these edits.
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: Mr. Matté on September 09, 2021, 08:30:39 AM
Listening to today's rerun with a pair of headphones, I hate to disappoint the nostalgia lovers out there, but BUZZR indeed cut out Rod's "Stay tuned for 'The Price Is Right'..." plug at the end.

I understand why Buzzr has to cut out addresses and phone numbers, but this extra expense still baffles me. Are there Buzzr viewers who get upset when they don't receive the episode of Tattletales that Johnny Olson from 1976 promised them? Is there some issue with the phrase "these CBS stations," even though there are plenty of references within assorted shows to being on CBS or NBC? I don't understand why they're expending the effort to make these edits.

Maybe since Buzzr is officially a broadcast network, there's some legalese behind that (but no word on why the plugs from the first 5 Whew episodes or the other shows' plugs weren't cut).
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: Jimmy Owen on September 09, 2021, 08:35:13 AM
Listening to today's rerun with a pair of headphones, I hate to disappoint the nostalgia lovers out there, but BUZZR indeed cut out Rod's "Stay tuned for 'The Price Is Right'..." plug at the end.

I understand why Buzzr has to cut out addresses and phone numbers, but this extra expense still baffles me. Are there Buzzr viewers who get upset when they don't receive the episode of Tattletales that Johnny Olson from 1976 promised them? Is there some issue with the phrase "these CBS stations," even though there are plenty of references within assorted shows to being on CBS or NBC? I don't understand why they're expending the effort to make these edits.

Maybe since Buzzr is officially a broadcast network, there's some legalese behind that (but no word on why the plugs from the first 5 Whew episodes or the other shows' plugs weren't cut).
  That has been the policy that promos for other shows that the station is not going to carry has to be covered up. Promos or voiceovers.  Don't know if that is still the case.
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: Ian Wallis on September 09, 2021, 09:55:54 AM
I understand why Buzzr has to cut out addresses and phone numbers, but this extra expense still baffles me. Are there Buzzr viewers who get upset when they don't receive the episode of Tattletales that Johnny Olson from 1976 promised them? Is there some issue with the phrase "these CBS stations," even though there are plenty of references within assorted shows to being on CBS or NBC? I don't understand why they're expending the effort to make these edits.

I've seen a couple of these now, and you can definitely hear the jump in the music.  I don't notice any jump in the video though...so it appears that they're editing the audio track and must be fading the video a few seconds early so the audio and video fade together.
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: catnap1972 on September 09, 2021, 04:40:57 PM
Not worth a spoiler I don't think but the 5-shots at the gauntlet rule is in place by this point.
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: Bryce L. on September 09, 2021, 04:44:25 PM
Not worth a spoiler I don't think but the 5-shots at the gauntlet rule is in place by this point.
It was before this, since I think Alan Emrich's episodes fall before A-78D.
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: Ian Wallis on September 09, 2021, 07:02:55 PM
Not worth a spoiler I don't think but the 5-shots at the gauntlet rule is in place by this point.
It was before this, since I think Alan Emrich's episodes fall before A-78D.

They did.  Not sure what the episode numbers were, but since Alan Emrich's episodes have been in the trade circuit for a while, we figured out the airdates as July 30 - Aug 6, 1979.  The episodes being aired now came a week or so after that.
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: WhammyPower on September 09, 2021, 10:25:16 PM
Not worth a spoiler I don't think but the 5-shots at the gauntlet rule is in place by this point.
Tom definitely mentioned the five tries rule on today's episode.
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: aaron sica on September 10, 2021, 07:28:27 AM
Something I thought about as I watched part of the marathon and the doors opening for the Gauntlet, revealing the huge "$25,000" sign....That was the most a daytime game show offered in 1979, no? Pyramid maxed out at $20K, and daytime Feud was only $5K, just to name a few.
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: calliaume on September 10, 2021, 10:10:56 AM
Something I thought about as I watched part of the marathon and the doors opening for the Gauntlet, revealing the huge "$25,000" sign....That was the most a daytime game show offered in 1979, no? Pyramid maxed out at $20K, and daytime Feud was only $5K, just to name a few.
I think that was the most a daytime show offered for accomplishing one thing (winning the end game). It was possible to accumulate more than $25K on Card Sharks, High Rollers, and Hollywood Squares since NBC only limited the number of games a contestant could win.
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: SuperMatch93 on September 10, 2021, 10:22:05 AM
Something I thought about as I watched part of the marathon and the doors opening for the Gauntlet, revealing the huge "$25,000" sign....That was the most a daytime game show offered in 1979, no? Pyramid maxed out at $20K, and daytime Feud was only $5K, just to name a few.
I think that was the most a daytime show offered for accomplishing one thing (winning the end game). It was possible to accumulate more than $25K on Card Sharks, High Rollers, and Hollywood Squares since NBC only limited the number of games a contestant could win.

A perfect Money Cards win on Card Sharks at the time was $28,800, but as a static prize the Gauntlet of Villains would have been the highest I'm aware of.
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: SuperMatch93 on September 10, 2021, 04:51:23 PM
In the second game today, Debbie was on the fifth level with time nearly expired. The answer on the blooper was "film" and as the clock hit zero, she yelled "FILM-LONGSHOT!" They let her play the longshot since she said it as the buzzer went, but since she gave and was credited for the correct answer (it turned to an arrow) wouldn't she have been on the sixth level and thus unable to call a longshot?
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: BrandonFG on September 10, 2021, 04:59:35 PM
On the subject of Debbie's episode, Tom mentions this being the 100th gauntlet run. I imagine this puts us to about July of '79?
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: Bryce L. on September 10, 2021, 05:02:19 PM
On the subject of Debbie's episode, Tom mentions this being the 100th gauntlet run. I imagine this puts us to about July of '79?
Unless I'm much mistaken, today was August 20, 1979.
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: BrandonFG on September 10, 2021, 05:04:25 PM
Thank you. If they don't skip further, we should see Randy Amasia's episodes in the next week or so.
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: Bryce L. on September 10, 2021, 05:07:06 PM
Thank you. If they don't skip further, we should see Randy Amasia's episodes in the next week or so.
If you see a lady named Pat Aiello, we're close to Randy.
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: WhammyPower on September 10, 2021, 05:28:50 PM
Thank you. If they don't skip further, we should see Randy Amasia's episodes in the next week or so.
The math says next Friday. And I've already checked: Buzzr is not skipping any between now and then.
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: tvmitch on September 10, 2021, 05:31:51 PM
In the second game today, Debbie was on the fifth level with time nearly expired. The answer on the blooper was "film" and as the clock hit zero, she yelled "FILM-LONGSHOT!" They let her play the longshot since she said it as the buzzer went, but since she gave and was credited for the correct answer (it turned to an arrow) wouldn't she have been on the sixth level and thus unable to call a longshot?
Perhaps the rule only applies if the contest says the words "LEVEL 6"? Technically, the contestant could choose a second box on Level 5 (by mistake).
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: CarpetCrawler on September 10, 2021, 05:33:00 PM
In the second game today, Debbie was on the fifth level with time nearly expired. The answer on the blooper was "film" and as the clock hit zero, she yelled "FILM-LONGSHOT!" They let her play the longshot since she said it as the buzzer went, but since she gave and was credited for the correct answer (it turned to an arrow) wouldn't she have been on the sixth level and thus unable to call a longshot?
Perhaps the rule only applies if the contest says the words "LEVEL 6"? Technically, the contestant could choose a second box on Level 5 (by mistake).

In fact, that happened on an episode already aired by BUZZR, I think during the marathon!!
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: JMFabiano on September 10, 2021, 05:42:21 PM
Listening to today's rerun with a pair of headphones, I hate to disappoint the nostalgia lovers out there, but BUZZR indeed cut out Rod's "Stay tuned for 'The Price Is Right'..." plug at the end.

I understand why Buzzr has to cut out addresses and phone numbers, but this extra expense still baffles me. Are there Buzzr viewers who get upset when they don't receive the episode of Tattletales that Johnny Olson from 1976 promised them? Is there some issue with the phrase "these CBS stations," even though there are plenty of references within assorted shows to being on CBS or NBC? I don't understand why they're expending the effort to make these edits.

Maybe since Buzzr is officially a broadcast network, there's some legalese behind that (but no word on why the plugs from the first 5 Whew episodes or the other shows' plugs weren't cut).

Seems they're lax about this sort of thing when they have a mini-marathon of the premiere week of new shows.  MG/HS's first week of episodes = the only ones to keep the entire fee plugs mid-show and end-show. 

/And that threw off the timing of show/ad break whenever they aired. 
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: MSTieScott on September 10, 2021, 05:52:55 PM
Perhaps the rule only applies if the contest says the words "LEVEL 6"? Technically, the contestant could choose a second box on Level 5 (by mistake).

This. See rule 11 (http://www.gameshowforum.org/index.php/topic,33384.0.html).
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: SuperMatch93 on September 10, 2021, 05:53:39 PM
Perhaps the rule only applies if the contest says the words "LEVEL 6"? Technically, the contestant could choose a second box on Level 5 (by mistake).

This. See rule 11 (http://www.gameshowforum.org/index.php/topic,33384.0.html).

Got it. Thanks!
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: TimK2003 on September 10, 2021, 08:28:38 PM
In the second game today, Debbie was on the fifth level with time nearly expired. The answer on the blooper was "film" and as the clock hit zero, she yelled "FILM-LONGSHOT!" They let her play the longshot since she said it as the buzzer went, but since she gave and was credited for the correct answer (it turned to an arrow) wouldn't she have been on the sixth level and thus unable to call a longshot?


Since she did not utter "Level 6...", it sounds like an action that is similar what we discussed earlier -- you can stay on a level after correctly solving a blooper.  So once you call the next level, you cannot go back.
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: knagl on September 13, 2021, 04:20:40 AM
Noticed something on the first game of the second episode. I played it several times, and I'm pretty sure the charger, Annie, answers a blooper on the top level with "wedding ring" just starting her answer before the buzz-buzz for time. The correct answer was "rings." Did they bring her back? Or are my old ears mishearing this?
When they came back from commercial, Tom said that she had indeed answered the blooper but not within the two second time limit.

He does indeed say that, but assuming the buzzer is at the two second time limit, she absolutely beat the buzzer as seen at 5:21 in this video:

https://youtu.be/JURWcWWyCJw?t=321
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: JMFabiano on September 13, 2021, 02:14:09 PM
And of course, Sunday's airing started with last Monday and Tuesday's I believe.  Despite my cable info calling the eps 1.7 and 1.8. 
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: That Don Guy on September 13, 2021, 04:15:01 PM
Noticed something on the first game of the second episode. I played it several times, and I'm pretty sure the charger, Annie, answers a blooper on the top level with "wedding ring" just starting her answer before the buzz-buzz for time. The correct answer was "rings." Did they bring her back? Or are my old ears mishearing this?
When they came back from commercial, Tom said that she had indeed answered the blooper but not within the two second time limit.

He does indeed say that, but assuming the buzzer is at the two second time limit, she absolutely beat the buzzer as seen at 5:21 in this video:

https://youtu.be/JURWcWWyCJw?t=321

I remember a number of episodes where Tom says the buzzer is 1/2 second after the time expires.
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: Otm Shank on September 14, 2021, 12:26:16 AM
I remember a number of episodes where Tom says the buzzer is 1/2 second after the time expires.
Good to know. That's probably the case, however that's not how a buzzer is supposed to work
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: NickintheATL on September 14, 2021, 02:09:14 PM
Re: Monday 9/13's show:

Boy, talk about letting the pressure of the clock get to you. You hit the block on thr 6th level, still have 4 seconds, and then stupidly call for the longshot blowing your one chance to win the round. I don't think he knew the answer anyway but still...
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: KrisW73 on September 14, 2021, 02:55:06 PM
Re: Monday 9/13's show:

Boy, talk about letting the pressure of the clock get to you. You hit the block on thr 6th level, still have 4 seconds, and then stupidly call for the longshot blowing your one chance to win the round. I don't think he knew the answer anyway but still...

You are correct - when Tom asked in the postmortem the contestant did not give the correct answer.
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: Casey Buck on September 14, 2021, 10:02:57 PM
Archive.org not needed anymore! Randy Amasia's site is back, courtesy of Kris Lane:

http://whew.online/
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: Bryce L. on September 14, 2021, 10:13:32 PM
So, tomorrow should be Pat Aiello's first appearance, right? Assuming we've all been counting right, that is.
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: TimK2003 on September 14, 2021, 10:39:40 PM

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Q9ZcHqpaOquVnfLafb5Xc_-ixgUaHtaW/view?usp=sharing

For all the production sloppiness we saw in the first week and miscues, they were making up for it on this episode.

Looked like there was a near seamless edit during Annie's run on the Fun & Games board.  If you notice closely, around 24:15, looks like they took "Gossip" as an alternative answer to "Telephone" after a likely stopdown and so they picked up the round from there, starting with the bell clang.
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: Mike Tennant on September 15, 2021, 10:23:51 AM
This advice from the late Mr. Amasia addresses something we've been discussing lately:

Quote
If you’ve solved a Level 5 blooper and you have at least :20 left on the clock (granted, this is highly unlikely), go for the most expensive Level 5 blooper available — remember, once you’ve solved a blooper on a level, you’re free to charge wherever you want to. It’s potential extra money.
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: SuperMatch93 on September 15, 2021, 10:39:26 AM
This advice from the late Mr. Amasia addresses something we've been discussing lately:

Quote
If you’ve solved a Level 5 blooper and you have at least :20 left on the clock (granted, this is highly unlikely), go for the most expensive Level 5 blooper available — remember, once you’ve solved a blooper on a level, you’re free to charge wherever you want to. It’s potential extra money.

And not only is it extra money, you could pick up an extra second for the Gauntlet which may end up being crucial.
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: Bryce L. on September 15, 2021, 04:52:46 PM
So, tomorrow should be Pat Aiello's first appearance, right? Assuming we've all been counting right, that is.
CALLED IT!
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: That Don Guy on September 15, 2021, 05:24:35 PM
This advice from the late Mr. Amasia addresses something we've been discussing lately:

Quote
If you’ve solved a Level 5 blooper and you have at least :20 left on the clock (granted, this is highly unlikely), go for the most expensive Level 5 blooper available — remember, once you’ve solved a blooper on a level, you’re free to charge wherever you want to. It’s potential extra money.

And not only is it extra money, you could pick up an extra second for the Gauntlet which may end up being crucial.

The only problem with that is, if you have at least 20 seconds left, even if you miss a Level 6 blooper and get a block, you should have enough time to solve the remaining blooper. That extra $50 is meaningless if you lose the round as a result.
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: That Don Guy on September 16, 2021, 07:36:09 PM
Unless I heard wrong, on the episode broadcast 9/15, in the Gauntlet of Villains, one of the bloopers said that Father's Day was "the second Sunday in June." Had it said "third Sunday in June," there's a chance the contestant would have gotten it right, and almost certainly would have won the $25,000.
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: NickintheATL on September 17, 2021, 12:01:38 PM
The next two shows (Friday 9/17 and Monday 9/20) are shows we know all too well with our dear, departed friend Randy Amasia.

Greg and myself went down into our archive and found that we had a great copy of his first show tucked away. It had a surprise that I was actually curious to see - the 5 minute CBS Mid-Morning News that aired after Whew!

I clipped it out and put it up for everyone to see if you'd like:

https://youtu.be/wA8OLQpSLa4
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: aaron sica on September 17, 2021, 12:57:04 PM
It had a surprise that I was actually curious to see - the 5 minute CBS Mid-Morning News that aired after Whew!

I clipped it out and put it up for everyone to see if you'd like:

https://youtu.be/wA8OLQpSLa4

I literally this morning was looking for any of the 5 minute news that came on after, to see what it looked like! Thanks!

Also very glad the episodes with Randy are included. It's been awhile since I've seen them. Nearly 20 years ago. Time crept up rather quickly.
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: Kniwt on September 17, 2021, 03:03:43 PM
The next two shows (Friday 9/17 and Monday 9/20) are shows we know all too well with our dear, departed friend Randy Amasia.

Anyone: Does Randy's old fanpage still exist somewhere other than Wayback? I spent a couple minutes looking without success, and then I got lazy and decided just to ask here. :)
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: Adam Nedeff on September 17, 2021, 03:09:44 PM
The next two shows (Friday 9/17 and Monday 9/20) are shows we know all too well with our dear, departed friend Randy Amasia.

Anyone: Does Randy's old fanpage still exist somewhere other than Wayback? I spent a couple minutes looking without success, and then I got lazy and decided just to ask here. :)
The site was actually JUST relaunched this week! (http://whew.online/?fbclid=IwAR3aOXSfNIudOrHYe6vGguOuL323trJYEMnmtittBd9IOi6g-nCgvpqexYg)
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: Kniwt on September 17, 2021, 03:26:01 PM
The next two shows (Friday 9/17 and Monday 9/20) are shows we know all too well with our dear, departed friend Randy Amasia.

Anyone: Does Randy's old fanpage still exist somewhere other than Wayback? I spent a couple minutes looking without success, and then I got lazy and decided just to ask here. :)
The site was actually JUST relaunched this week! (http://whew.online/?fbclid=IwAR3aOXSfNIudOrHYe6vGguOuL323trJYEMnmtittBd9IOi6g-nCgvpqexYg)

Awesome! Thanks a bunch.
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: MikeK on September 17, 2021, 04:50:27 PM
The next two shows (Friday 9/17 and Monday 9/20) are shows we know all too well with our dear, departed friend Randy Amasia.

Anyone: Does Randy's old fanpage still exist somewhere other than Wayback? I spent a couple minutes looking without success, and then I got lazy and decided just to ask here. :)
I wanted to add onto Adam's response that Kris Lane and I are going to be updating it more often because of the reruns.  We're looking to add more pages and fresher images, while keeping Randy's handiwork intact.
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: BrandonFG on September 17, 2021, 05:03:38 PM
I gotta admit I got a kick out of this clue:

"ON THE COMIC STRIP 'PEANUTS', LUCY VAN PELT IS OBSESSED WITH SEX."

And for those keeping track, Rod did plug TPiR during the closing.
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: calliaume on September 17, 2021, 05:05:22 PM
Good episode.

Somehow it never occurred to me the new contestant had a pretty good advantage being the blocker twice in a two-out-of-three match since they'd already seen the champion's charging tendencies.
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: BillCullen1 on September 17, 2021, 05:09:00 PM
The next two shows (Friday 9/17 and Monday 9/20) are shows we know all too well with our dear, departed friend Randy Amasia.

Greg and myself went down into our archive and found that we had a great copy of his first show tucked away. It had a surprise that I was actually curious to see - the 5 minute CBS Mid-Morning News that aired after Whew!

I clipped it out and put it up for everyone to see if you'd like:

https://youtu.be/wA8OLQpSLa4

So that's why they always have that real long commercial for Car Shield at the end, to fill the gap. By the way, Douglas Edwards was the CBS anchor before Walter Cronkite took over in 1962.
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: nowhammies10 on September 17, 2021, 05:12:43 PM
I gotta admit I got a kick out of this clue:

"ON THE COMIC STRIP 'PEANUTS', LUCY VAN PELT IS OBSESSED WITH SEX."

And for those keeping track, Rod did plug TPiR during the closing.

I'm surprised they didn't make any edits to the clue about portable radios being powered by little transvestites.
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: Mr. Matté on September 17, 2021, 05:16:22 PM
The next two shows (Friday 9/17 and Monday 9/20) are shows we know all too well with our dear, departed friend Randy Amasia.

Greg and myself went down into our archive and found that we had a great copy of his first show tucked away. It had a surprise that I was actually curious to see - the 5 minute CBS Mid-Morning News that aired after Whew!

I clipped it out and put it up for everyone to see if you'd like:

https://youtu.be/wA8OLQpSLa4

Just for completeness, here's the rest of that PIR (albeit from GSN):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7A6Y_yP7uBE
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: BrandonFG on September 17, 2021, 05:30:55 PM
I gotta admit I got a kick out of this clue:

"ON THE COMIC STRIP 'PEANUTS', LUCY VAN PELT IS OBSESSED WITH SEX."

And for those keeping track, Rod did plug TPiR during the closing.

I'm surprised they didn't make any edits to the clue about portable radios being powered by little transvestites.
Forgot about that one. That caught me a little off-guard as well.
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: Chief-O on September 17, 2021, 05:36:22 PM
And for those keeping track, Rod did plug TPiR during the closing.

They have been leaving those plugs alone most of/all(?) week.
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: Allstar87 on September 17, 2021, 07:03:12 PM
I'm surprised they didn't make any edits to the clue about portable radios being powered by little transvestites.

There've been quite a few bloopers that I'm surprised Buzzr let fly...maybe the censoring doesn't apply to Whew, for some reason? Or maybe they're just singling out midgets. -shrug-
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: TimK2003 on September 17, 2021, 07:14:19 PM
And for those keeping track, Rod did plug TPiR during the closing.

They have been leaving those plugs alone most of/all(?) week.

Too bad they had to edit out today's contestant tryout plug.  Rod had such a hard time getting through it.

That contestant clip is around the 4:30 mark here:
https://youtu.be/6_oOGH3hSIM
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Post by: BillCullen1 on September 17, 2021, 09:54:54 PM
I gotta admit I got a kick out of this clue:

"ON THE COMIC STRIP 'PEANUTS', LUCY VAN PELT IS OBSESSED WITH SEX."

And for those keeping track, Rod did plug TPiR during the closing.

I'm surprised they didn't make any edits to the clue about portable radios being powered by little transvestites.
Forgot about that one. That caught me a little off-guard as well.

I got a chuckle out of The Wright Brothers making their first daring flight over Kitty CARLISLE.
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Post by: gamed121683 on September 17, 2021, 11:17:00 PM
And for those keeping track, Rod did plug TPiR during the closing.

They have been leaving those plugs alone most of/all(?) week.

Too bad they had to edit out today's contestant tryout plug.  Rod had such a hard time getting through it.

That contestant clip is around the 4:30 mark here:

...and for those of you looking for a slightly better copy of not just the contestant plug in question (at the 4:44 mark), but the entire episode (ads & all), look no further than here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XnSLCHvQVCE&t=591s
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Post by: thomas_meighan on September 18, 2021, 03:01:49 PM
Here's a note for the good of the order.

The NYT gave details as to network coverage of the pope's visit to NYC in the following article, which helps to clear up what was pre-empted at the network level:
https://www.nytimes.com/1979/10/03/archives/itinerary-today-in-new-york-and-philadelphia-tv-coverage.html (https://www.nytimes.com/1979/10/03/archives/itinerary-today-in-new-york-and-philadelphia-tv-coverage.html)

The NYC stations gave more extensive coverage than the networks did. NBC started at 10:15 eastern while ABC and CBS started closer to 10:45. Network coverage likely ended in the neighborhood of 11:30 to noon.

So for the CBS games on the Eastern/Central feed, "Beat the Clock" aired as normal, approximately half of "Whew!" was pre-empted, and (per the FAQ at golden-road.net) a half-hour rerun of TPIR from 1977 was used to fill that slot.

For the "Whew!" episode guide, the celebrity episodes indeed start at #134 on 11-5-1979. All airdates and non-airdates (due to "Magazine" or holiday programming) should now be resolved at least until March 1980, when we have the anomalous Betty White/Richard Kline week that TV Guide only listed for three episodes. Time will tell whether it was a shorter week or the listings were wrong...
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Post by: Bryce L. on September 20, 2021, 04:32:56 PM
OK where the hell is Randy?!
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Post by: catnap1972 on September 20, 2021, 04:40:23 PM
At least 2 eps were skipped, and their commercial timing is off as well.
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Post by: weaklink75 on September 20, 2021, 04:43:34 PM
I bet they aired Sunday night (they had 2 eps from 7-8pm)
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Post by: snowpeck on September 20, 2021, 04:46:54 PM
I bet they aired Sunday night (they had 2 eps from 7-8pm)
No, I saw those and they repeated last Monday and Tuesday's shows as scheduled.
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Post by: weaklink75 on September 20, 2021, 04:59:49 PM
I bet they aired Sunday night (they had 2 eps from 7-8pm)
No, I saw those and they repeated last Monday and Tuesday's shows as scheduled.

Ah- yeah it stinks, but maybe it was an problem on their end (with the timing issues maybe a computer error)

Not a bad ep though- FIVE blocks hit in the 3rd round, she finds the one safe spot with the longshot to win, then beats the Gauntlet at the last second…)
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Post by: snowpeck on September 20, 2021, 05:03:23 PM
I bet they aired Sunday night (they had 2 eps from 7-8pm)
No, I saw those and they repeated last Monday and Tuesday's shows as scheduled.

Ah- yeah it stinks, but maybe it was an error on their end (with the timing issues maybe a computer error)

Not a bad ep though- FIVE blocks hit in the 3rd round, she finds the one safe spot with the longshot to win, then beats the Gauntlet at the last second…)

I'm guessing the commercial timing was for Randy's second episode but somehow the video file for a different episode got cued up instead. Maybe it'll get fixed for Sunday's rerun.
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Post by: Strikerz04 on September 20, 2021, 08:56:31 PM
I bet they aired Sunday night (they had 2 eps from 7-8pm)
No, I saw those and they repeated last Monday and Tuesday's shows as scheduled.

Ah- yeah it stinks, but maybe it was an problem on their end (with the timing issues maybe a computer error)

Not a bad ep though- FIVE blocks hit in the 3rd round, she finds the one safe spot with the longshot to win, then beats the Gauntlet at the last second…)


I've caught up today, and mercy, that was a fun episode.
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Post by: JMFabiano on September 21, 2021, 12:05:02 PM
Looks like Buzzr inherited the GSN Monkeys along with most of its classics content...;-) 

Hopefully they make amends as far as airing Randy, Part Two, if it was indeed technical difficulties.  If not, not the end of the world of course.  Sucks of course and seems like fate trolling us, but, yeah.


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Post by: gridlockjoe on September 21, 2021, 02:45:34 PM
Looking at Zap2it's listings, it appears that Randy's second episode (17 by Buzzr's numbering) is scheduled to run Sunday.
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Post by: catnap1972 on September 21, 2021, 04:32:46 PM
Looking at Zap2it's listings, it appears that Randy's second episode (17 by Buzzr's numbering) is scheduled to run Sunday.

It's on now
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Post by: Bryce L. on September 21, 2021, 04:33:14 PM
 RANDY'S ON!
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Post by: CarpetCrawler on September 21, 2021, 04:45:22 PM
Commercial breaks are way off, we just cut to a commercial with 13 seconds to go for this contestant.  I'm assuming this is because this episode was meant to air yesterday so the timing is gonna be off since these break times were meant for a different episode?  On the bright side since this episode airs on Sunday there's a good chance we'll see it with properly placed commercial breaks on that day!!   :)
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Post by: gridlockjoe on September 21, 2021, 04:47:32 PM
Everything online about this episode has Anneliis' name spelled "Annelius".
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Post by: tvmitch on September 21, 2021, 04:49:24 PM
RANDY'S ON!
Good! I was irrationally upset about them skipping his episode.
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Post by: Bryce L. on September 21, 2021, 11:52:14 PM
I'm guessing here, but I'm thinking the episode Buzzr aired the 20th was episode A-92D, 9/3/79. I say that, since at the start of the show Tom mentions that they've given away over $75,000 in the last four shows, and right before that day's Gauntlet Tom expands on that by saying if Gwendoline won, it'd be the fourth win in five attempts, and in Randy's recollections he mentions that there were three other $25,000 winners besides him on his second tape day. So, since we know Randy's second show was A-88D, counting four shows forward would get us to A-92D. Which means the commercial alignments should go back to normal by Monday, if they air A-89D tomorrow, A-90D on Thursday, etc.
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Post by: petek66 on September 22, 2021, 12:34:48 AM

...and for those of you looking for a slightly better copy of not just the contestant plug in question (at the 4:44 mark), but the entire episode (ads & all), look no further than here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XnSLCHvQVCE&t=591s

Nice restoration! Love the M*A*S*H plug at the end.
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Post by: Blanquepage on September 22, 2021, 09:21:39 AM
Either I hadn't noticed or completely forgot until yesterday that after coming back from break, Tom said: "Fred Amasia was truly amazing..."
FRED?  ;D
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Post by: JMFabiano on September 22, 2021, 10:55:18 AM
My favorite blooper from Randy's winning Gauntlet:

"The Snuffleupagus is an elephant like creature that can only be seen by Big DRUNKS"
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Post by: Bryce L. on September 22, 2021, 04:36:08 PM
And we're three-for-three this week on commercial screw-ups.
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Post by: BrandonFG on September 22, 2021, 04:39:32 PM
Does Buzzer have a dedicated master control, or is it automated?
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Post by: Blanquepage on September 22, 2021, 04:43:56 PM
And we're three-for-three this week on commercial screw-ups.
I think we've established that the commercial cues are likely aligned to the scheduled episode, and we're running one behind this week.
Nothing that can't be fixed with a little Videopad Editor magic!
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Post by: tyshaun1 on September 22, 2021, 05:06:23 PM
Does Buzzer have a dedicated master control, or is it automated?
Me thinks most networks have servers that run their programming now, running whatever files they're instructed to run.
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Post by: snowpeck on September 22, 2021, 05:18:25 PM
And we're three-for-three this week on commercial screw-ups.
I think we've established that the commercial cues are likely aligned to the scheduled episode, and we're running one behind this week.
Nothing that can't be fixed with a little Videopad Editor magic!
Except that we lose two seconds of the show every time there's a miscued commercial break, which today meant we lost the last two seconds of a gauntlet run.
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Post by: Bryce L. on September 22, 2021, 05:18:41 PM
Does Buzzer have a dedicated master control, or is it automated?
Me thinks most networks have servers that run their programming now, running whatever files they're instructed to run.
Hopefully "most networks" don't have their servers go off the rails as frequently as Buzzr's seems to do.
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Post by: clemon79 on September 22, 2021, 07:57:52 PM
So I'm trying to follow; does it appear we've narrowed down which episodes Buzzr's aired so far this week? I haven't processed my recordings yet because I don't really know what to name them. (Plus it sounds like the Tuesday show's broken.)
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Post by: tvmitch on September 22, 2021, 08:52:50 PM
So I'm trying to follow; does it appear we've narrowed down which episodes Buzzr's aired so far this week? I haven't processed my recordings yet because I don't really know what to name them. (Plus it sounds like the Tuesday show's broken.)
I don’t know what show aired Monday. Tuesday was Randy’s show, and today was The Show After Randy’s Show.

Commercial breaks still messed up on Wednesday as they were on Monday and Tuesday, but the show did air completely (minus two seconds), just with the breaks in the wrong spot.

I have a hypothesis that the Monday breaks were timed to Randy’s show, and so on.
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Post by: NickintheATL on September 22, 2021, 11:39:35 PM
I comment here because QCing material and running on-air stations is my line of work.

Wherever their MC operation is, I don't know what process they use to QC material but there is a major failure in whatever process they have to have this happen day after day.

All I know is that if this were to continually happen in my facility, questions would be raised and the problem would be fixed after the FIRST time it happened, let alone the third.

This is abysmal.
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Post by: Jimmy Owen on September 23, 2021, 04:50:52 AM
I wonder if they use Marketron?  Apparently they were hacked recently.
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Post by: NickintheATL on September 23, 2021, 11:05:50 AM
I wonder if they use Marketron?  Apparently they were hacked recently.
Seeming as how that's a sales platform - no, that has nothing to do with on-air automation.
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Post by: Bryce L. on September 23, 2021, 04:37:10 PM
Well, they seem to have to have gotten the commercial breaks under control for today.
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Post by: KrisW73 on September 23, 2021, 04:46:03 PM
Well, they seem to have to have gotten the commercial breaks under control for today.

Too bad we can't say the same about Anne's mouth 🤣
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Post by: Bryce L. on September 23, 2021, 04:48:54 PM
Well, they seem to have to have gotten the commercial breaks under control for today.

Too bad we can't say the same about Anne's mouth 🤣
Indeed. Reminds me of one episode circulating where a contestant says... something (audio's not clear enough to pick it out) and Tom tells her "you're on the air!" Oops!
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Post by: Bryce L. on September 23, 2021, 04:54:33 PM
That has got to be close to, if not a new speed record right there. 20 seconds left? Awesome work!
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Post by: KrisW73 on September 23, 2021, 04:57:05 PM
That has got to be close to, if not a new speed record right there. 20 seconds left? Awesome work!

Eleven bloopers to win - that is awesome work!
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Post by: weaklink75 on September 23, 2021, 05:02:20 PM
And for the record- 2.5 million pennies weigh about 7 tons...
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Post by: JMFabiano on September 23, 2021, 05:10:56 PM
Controversial blooper of the day:

The one about Chinese cooking in "a flying pan"
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Post by: gridlockjoe on September 23, 2021, 05:22:41 PM
I'm guessing here, but I'm thinking the episode Buzzr aired the 20th was episode A-92D, 9/3/79. I say that, since at the start of the show Tom mentions that they've given away over $75,000 in the last four shows, and right before that day's Gauntlet Tom expands on that by saying if Gwendoline won, it'd be the fourth win in five attempts, and in Randy's recollections he mentions that there were three other $25,000 winners besides him on his second tape day. So, since we know Randy's second show was A-88D, counting four shows forward would get us to A-92D. Which means the commercial alignments should go back to normal by Monday, if they air A-89D tomorrow, A-90D on Thursday, etc.

This makes sense. since Randy won in A-88D and Anne won in A-90D. If a contestant wins in A-91D, that would fit perfectly with 3 wins ($75,000).
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Post by: Ryanmo97 on September 23, 2021, 05:39:06 PM
That has got to be close to, if not a new speed record right there. 20 seconds left? Awesome work!

Eleven bloopers to win - that is awesome work!
Did some looking, of the episodes that have been shown on buzzr there have been 4 wins. Anne did it in 49 seconds. The next fastest was Ken from episode 2. He did it in 50 seconds. Randy did it in 60 seconds.
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Post by: weaklink75 on September 24, 2021, 12:24:12 PM
One other thing on the ep aired yesterday:

I think there was a judge's call edit on the 3rd round board- On the blooper "A girl who sleeps with a piece of wedding cake will dream of ants.". The contestant said a bridegroom, and then the clock cut away for a second or two and from the gestures of Tom and the contestant it looked like they stopped, conferred (looks like the answer they were looking for was "their future husband") and determined they could take the answer and restarted the round from the bell.
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Post by: catnap1972 on September 24, 2021, 04:36:50 PM
Looks like another quickie judging edit during the 1st board on today's show
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Post by: Bryce L. on September 24, 2021, 04:55:29 PM
TILT!  :P
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Post by: weaklink75 on September 25, 2021, 06:43:21 PM
Well the 2nd ep they aired on the Lost and Found special is interesting…

A player completely exhausted a level without a right answer- she hit 3 blocks and had 2 wrong answers….
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Post by: Allstar87 on September 25, 2021, 06:58:14 PM
And the champion's Gauntlet loss was overturned after the break!
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Post by: weaklink75 on September 25, 2021, 07:02:10 PM
And the champion's Gauntlet loss was overturned after the break!

I actually had a feeling that might happen- I thought he started his answer right before the buzzer, and it makes it a good ep to do doing the special
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Post by: SuperMatch93 on September 26, 2021, 04:36:17 PM
Does anyone know if we're going to see the episode with the contestant who injured his leg from jumping up and down after winning the match, or did that incident occur earlier in the run? I remember reading about that a few years back but I've never seen a clip of it, or his triumphant return several weeks later.
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Post by: Bryce L. on September 26, 2021, 07:04:04 PM
Randy's on again... hopefully they don't butcher it this time.
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Post by: Chief-O on September 26, 2021, 10:46:41 PM
Randy's on again... hopefully they don't butcher it this time.

They didn't.

Nice to see, even though I (and I'm sure most of us) knew what happened.....
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Post by: BillCullen1 on September 27, 2021, 10:07:59 AM
Randy's on again... hopefully they don't butcher it this time.

They didn't.

Nice to see, even though I (and I'm sure most of us) knew what happened.....

Saw that episode Sunday night. Randy had 71 seconds. That's the most time I recall anyone having going against the villains.
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Post by: gridlockjoe on September 27, 2021, 12:39:30 PM

(no show on October 3, 1979, due to CBS News coverage of the Pope's visit to the U.S.)
...
Whew! 79_0113 (original airdate 10/5/1979)

Whew! 79_0114 (original airdate 10/8/1979)
Whew! 79_0115 (original airdate 10/9/1979)
Whew! 79_0116 (original airdate 10/10/1979)
Whew! 79_0117 (original airdate 10/11/1979)
Whew! 79_0118 (original airdate 10/12/1979)

Whew! 79_0119 (original airdate 10/15/1979)
Whew! 79_0120 (original airdate 10/16/1979)
Whew! 79_0121 (original airdate 10/17/1979)
Whew! 79_0122 (original airdate 10/18/1979)
Whew! 79_0123 (original airdate 10/19/1979)

Whew! 79_0124 (original airdate 10/22/1979)
Whew! 79_0125 (original airdate 10/23/1979)
Whew! 79_0126 (original airdate 10/24/1979)
Whew! 79_0127 (original airdate 10/25/1979)
Whew! 79_0128 (original airdate 10/26/1979)

Whew! 79_0129 (original airdate 10/29/1979)
Whew! 79_0130 (original airdate 10/30/1979)
Whew! 79_0131 (original airdate 10/31/1979)
(no show on November 1, 1979, due to November Magazine)
Whew! 79_0132 (original airdate 11/2/1979)

I think we may have a numbering discrepancy. Wink has uploaded 131 and 132 to YouTube, with slates to corroborate the episode numbers.

In episode 132, Tom references being preempted "tomorrow" for Magazine, and also mentions today being Halloween.

The only way I can see to resolve this would be if 113 aired October 3, but only on the West Coast, or if it was skipped.

Thoughts?
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Post by: Ryanmo97 on September 27, 2021, 04:46:55 PM

(no show on October 3, 1979, due to CBS News coverage of the Pope's visit to the U.S.)
...
Whew! 79_0113 (original airdate 10/5/1979)

Whew! 79_0114 (original airdate 10/8/1979)
Whew! 79_0115 (original airdate 10/9/1979)
Whew! 79_0116 (original airdate 10/10/1979)
Whew! 79_0117 (original airdate 10/11/1979)
Whew! 79_0118 (original airdate 10/12/1979)

Whew! 79_0119 (original airdate 10/15/1979)
Whew! 79_0120 (original airdate 10/16/1979)
Whew! 79_0121 (original airdate 10/17/1979)
Whew! 79_0122 (original airdate 10/18/1979)
Whew! 79_0123 (original airdate 10/19/1979)

Whew! 79_0124 (original airdate 10/22/1979)
Whew! 79_0125 (original airdate 10/23/1979)
Whew! 79_0126 (original airdate 10/24/1979)
Whew! 79_0127 (original airdate 10/25/1979)
Whew! 79_0128 (original airdate 10/26/1979)

Whew! 79_0129 (original airdate 10/29/1979)
Whew! 79_0130 (original airdate 10/30/1979)
Whew! 79_0131 (original airdate 10/31/1979)
(no show on November 1, 1979, due to November Magazine)
Whew! 79_0132 (original airdate 11/2/1979)

I think we may have a numbering discrepancy. Wink has uploaded 131 and 132 to YouTube, with slates to corroborate the episode numbers.

In episode 132, Tom references being preempted "tomorrow" for Magazine, and also mentions today being Halloween.

The only way I can see to resolve this would be if 113 aired October 3, but only on the West Coast, or if it was skipped.

Thoughts?
I would imagine that It was either skipped or just shown on the west coast. I think, now a days, if there is breaking news on the East Coast, then TPIR is still shown. I think it is only skipped if the breaking news takes out both airings.
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Post by: weaklink75 on September 27, 2021, 04:57:58 PM
They introduced the Villains one by one on todays ep, and added the speech balloon numbers...
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Post by: Bryce L. on September 27, 2021, 05:05:55 PM

(no show on October 3, 1979, due to CBS News coverage of the Pope's visit to the U.S.)
...
Whew! 79_0113 (original airdate 10/5/1979)

Whew! 79_0114 (original airdate 10/8/1979)
Whew! 79_0115 (original airdate 10/9/1979)
Whew! 79_0116 (original airdate 10/10/1979)
Whew! 79_0117 (original airdate 10/11/1979)
Whew! 79_0118 (original airdate 10/12/1979)

Whew! 79_0119 (original airdate 10/15/1979)
Whew! 79_0120 (original airdate 10/16/1979)
Whew! 79_0121 (original airdate 10/17/1979)
Whew! 79_0122 (original airdate 10/18/1979)
Whew! 79_0123 (original airdate 10/19/1979)

Whew! 79_0124 (original airdate 10/22/1979)
Whew! 79_0125 (original airdate 10/23/1979)
Whew! 79_0126 (original airdate 10/24/1979)
Whew! 79_0127 (original airdate 10/25/1979)
Whew! 79_0128 (original airdate 10/26/1979)

Whew! 79_0129 (original airdate 10/29/1979)
Whew! 79_0130 (original airdate 10/30/1979)
Whew! 79_0131 (original airdate 10/31/1979)
(no show on November 1, 1979, due to November Magazine)
Whew! 79_0132 (original airdate 11/2/1979)

I think we may have a numbering discrepancy. Wink has uploaded 131 and 132 to YouTube, with slates to corroborate the episode numbers.

In episode 132, Tom references being preempted "tomorrow" for Magazine, and also mentions today being Halloween.

The only way I can see to resolve this would be if 113 aired October 3, but only on the West Coast, or if it was skipped.

Thoughts?
I would imagine that It was either skipped or just shown on the west coast. I think, now a days, if there is breaking news on the East Coast, then TPIR is still shown. I think it is only skipped if the breaking news takes out both airings.
Only reason I have 10/3/79 marked as a pre-emption is because, according to the Golden-Road.net timeline, TPIR was pre-empted that day, and where Whew! and TPIR were back-to-back, I figured they'd both be affected.
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Post by: MSTieScott on September 27, 2021, 05:06:13 PM
I detected an edit while the champion was at villain #2 in today's bonus round. I wasn't watching closely enough to see whether the clock jumped (meaning it was a Buzzr edit) or whether it was an original 1979 edit. Did anybody see specifically what occurred?
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Post by: WhammyPower on September 27, 2021, 05:10:34 PM
It looks original, as there was a third buzz and only less than a second was actually edited.
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Post by: CarpetCrawler on September 27, 2021, 05:20:09 PM
Was there a skipped episode?  On Today's episode Tom made mention of a Gwendolyn on the last episode but that's not at all who was on last Friday...
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Post by: Chelsea Thrasher on September 27, 2021, 05:37:03 PM
Was there a skipped episode?  On Today's episode Tom made mention of a Gwendolyn on the last episode but that's not at all who was on last Friday...

If you go back a few pages into the thread: Buzzr had issues last week. Friday's show (092) actually ran the preceding Monday (when Randy's gauntlet win was supposed to air). 88 (Randy wins) through 91 ran Tuesday-Friday.

 They're back in order now; today was show 93.
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Post by: clemon79 on September 27, 2021, 05:42:37 PM
So were the Sunday shows 88 and 89?
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Post by: CarpetCrawler on September 27, 2021, 05:45:06 PM
Was there a skipped episode?  On Today's episode Tom made mention of a Gwendolyn on the last episode but that's not at all who was on last Friday...

If you go back a few pages into the thread: Buzzr had issues last week. Friday's show (092) actually ran the preceding Monday (when Randy's gauntlet win was supposed to air). 88 (Randy wins) through 91 ran Tuesday-Friday.

 They're back in order now; today was show 93.

Ah, gotcha, thank you for the clarification!!  I had assumed that Buzzr would have re-aired that episode when it was supposed to on its proper day but I can see why they'd just say "screw it" and skip it.  Looks like I'll need to catch that one in the future.
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Post by: MikeK on September 27, 2021, 05:50:44 PM
So were the Sunday shows 88 and 89?
Correct.
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Post by: snowpeck on September 27, 2021, 06:05:24 PM
So were the Sunday shows 88 and 89?
Correct.
With the commercials in the right places.
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Post by: clemon79 on September 27, 2021, 06:14:38 PM
So were the Sunday shows 88 and 89?
Correct.
With the commercials in the right places.

That's what I was hoping. So assuming my DVR got those streams, I should be able to process last week's recordings and only have three screwy shows.
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Post by: Bryce L. on September 27, 2021, 06:25:34 PM
So were the Sunday shows 88 and 89?
Correct.
With the commercials in the right places.

That's what I was hoping. So assuming my DVR got those streams, I should be able to process last week's recordings and only have three screwy shows.
Only one screwy show, since there were no problems with Thursday or Friday.
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Post by: clemon79 on September 27, 2021, 06:30:27 PM
Only one screwy show, since there were no problems with Thursday or Friday.

Ah, didn't know they had gotten the matter fixed mid-week. Even better.
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Post by: clemon79 on September 27, 2021, 06:41:56 PM
So asking for a little more redundant assistance, to make sure I understand what happened here.

If we assigned episode numbers to the last eight shows aired (so Monday-Friday last week, the two Sunday repeats, and today's), would we get the following:

92, 88, 89, 90, 91, 88, 89, 93?

(And as such, 92 would be the only "broken" one when all was said and done because 88 and 89 were repeated "properly"?)
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Post by: gridlockjoe on September 27, 2021, 06:51:43 PM
So asking for a little more redundant assistance, to make sure I understand what happened here.

If we assigned episode numbers to the last eight shows aired (so Monday-Friday last week, the two Sunday repeats, and today's), would we get the following:

92, 88, 89, 90, 91, 88, 89, 93?

(And as such, 92 would be the only "broken" one when all was said and done because 88 and 89 were repeated "properly"?)

Correct. Charge!
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Post by: gridlockjoe on September 27, 2021, 06:52:51 PM
Between episodes 92 and 93, the Gauntlet of Villains was fine-tuned. Their numbers now appear as speech bubbles, as opposed to being on the arm.
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Post by: BrandonFG on September 27, 2021, 07:03:33 PM
Anyone know who did the Whew! pilot music? It reminded me of the Maynard Ferguson piece used for one of the Wheel pilots.

Also, years ago Randy posted a contestant memory on his site, from a woman who won the Gauntlet. I believe her name was Deb Howard; she mentioned that during the credits she and Tom waved their shoes at the camera to say "Hi" to her grandmother. Has Buzzr aired her episode? Randy mentions she appeared around the same time he did.
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Post by: clemon79 on September 27, 2021, 07:05:51 PM
Correct. Charge!

Thanks much. :) I can keep my numbering straight while I'm trimming ads and re-encoding this stuff. :)
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Post by: JasonA1 on September 27, 2021, 07:07:24 PM
Anyone know who did the Whew! pilot music? It reminded me of the Maynard Ferguson piece used for one of the Wheel pilots.

Richard Davies. Though I was inclined to agree with you given the sound, and the fact that a Maynard Ferguson piece for the WoF pilot became a series theme composed by Alan Thicke. :)

-Jason
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Post by: snowpeck on September 27, 2021, 07:07:50 PM
Anyone know who did the Whew! pilot music? It reminded me of the Maynard Ferguson piece used for one of the Wheel pilots.
The theme was a piece of stock library music from KPM by Richard Davies called "L.A. Express." Another piece by Davies called "The Big Event" was also used as cue music.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IaZrG0B7cyw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Smsdt15a3tI
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Post by: BrandonFG on September 27, 2021, 07:14:43 PM
Thanks Jason and Greg. Alan Thicke basing the Wheel theme on Maynard Ferguson definitely occurred to me...
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Post by: JasonA1 on September 27, 2021, 07:14:57 PM
Also, years ago Randy posted a contestant memory on his site, from a woman who won the Gauntlet. I believe her name was Deb Howard; she mentioned that during the credits she and Tom waved their shoes at the camera to say "Hi" to her grandmother. Has Buzzr aired her episode? Randy mentions she appeared around the same time he did.

Not yet, but you can find that episode here (http://www.deborahhoward.com/whew.html) (if you have a browser that plays well with Flash - no full credits on this copy).

-Jason
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Post by: BrandonFG on September 27, 2021, 07:16:14 PM
Not yet, but you can find that episode here (http://www.deborahhoward.com/whew.html) (if you have a browser that plays well with Flash - no full credits on this copy).
Thank you sir!
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Post by: clemon79 on September 27, 2021, 08:38:09 PM
Growl. It didn't record the Sunday repeats; probably because it had already recorded the Monday/Tuesday ones and thought it was doing me a favor. Ah well.
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Post by: gridlockjoe on September 27, 2021, 09:34:11 PM
Growl. It didn't record the Sunday repeats; probably because it had already recorded the Monday/Tuesday ones and thought it was doing me a favor. Ah well.

Happy Rod Roddy's birthday (tomorrow).

https://mega.nz/file/XxlglSLa#16VfFUy9UsGbnGgP2Z8dwRsxyszkCWcJq-Y5id_67ck
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Post by: clemon79 on September 27, 2021, 09:42:09 PM
Happy Rod Roddy's birthday (tomorrow).

Gentleman, scholar, etc. etc. Right neighborly of you! Thanks!
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Post by: Casey Buck on September 27, 2021, 11:32:09 PM
Also, years ago Randy posted a contestant memory on his site, from a woman who won the Gauntlet. I believe her name was Deb Howard; she mentioned that during the credits she and Tom waved their shoes at the camera to say "Hi" to her grandmother. Has Buzzr aired her episode? Randy mentions she appeared around the same time he did.

Not yet, but you can find that episode here (http://www.deborahhoward.com/whew.html) (if you have a browser that plays well with Flash - no full credits on this copy).

-Jason

Is there a browser that can play this Flash video? I tired installing the Ruffle extension, but it doesn't seem to work for Flash-based video players.
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Post by: JasonA1 on September 28, 2021, 12:19:09 AM
Is there a browser that can play this Flash video? I tired installing the Ruffle extension, but it doesn't seem to work for Flash-based video players.

I got it to work in Firefox (full disclosure, though, I can't remember the last time I've ever updated it).

-Jason
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Post by: catnap1972 on September 28, 2021, 07:15:31 AM
Can someone get me a screengrab of that "Trick or treat/ can I use your toilet" blooper from yesterday's ep?  I would appreciate it!
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Post by: DYosua on September 28, 2021, 07:38:02 AM
Can someone get me a screengrab of that "Trick or treat/ can I use your toilet" blooper from yesterday's ep?  I would appreciate it!
(http://www.yosuamedia.com/misc/screenshots/WHEW-01.jpg)
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Post by: catnap1972 on September 28, 2021, 08:08:44 AM
Can someone get me a screengrab of that "Trick or treat/ can I use your toilet" blooper from yesterday's ep?  I would appreciate it!
(http://www.yosuamedia.com/misc/screenshots/WHEW-01.jpg)

Danka!
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Post by: gridlockjoe on September 28, 2021, 10:58:26 AM

Only reason I have 10/3/79 marked as a pre-emption is because, according to the Golden-Road.net timeline, TPIR was pre-empted that day, and where Whew! and TPIR were back-to-back, I figured they'd both be affected.

Looking through Newspapers.com, CBS coverage was only scheduled from 11 to 12 (ET). Doesn't mean they didn't go early; NBC had coverage scheduled from 10:45-12.
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Post by: Sodboy13 on September 28, 2021, 03:08:04 PM
Catching up on episodes, I was delighted that we had a contestant boff their first question, get bleeped for their reaction, and end up winning the game after several seconds of stunned embarrassment in which they clearly expected either tape to stop or FCC enforcement to sweep in from the wings or something. This game makes people's brains and outward behavior frantic. It's good teevee!
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Post by: tvmitch on September 29, 2021, 01:29:25 PM
Catching up on episodes, I was delighted that we had a contestant boff their first question, get bleeped for their reaction, and end up winning the game after several seconds of stunned embarrassment in which they clearly expected either tape to stop or FCC enforcement to sweep in from the wings or something. This game makes people's brains and outward behavior frantic. It's good teevee!
I'm surprised there hasn't been more swearing. I'd have let the errant expletive fly if I hit a level 1 block on my first choice.
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Post by: Jimmy Owen on September 29, 2021, 01:40:40 PM

Only reason I have 10/3/79 marked as a pre-emption is because, according to the Golden-Road.net timeline, TPIR was pre-empted that day, and where Whew! and TPIR were back-to-back, I figured they'd both be affected.

Looking through Newspapers.com, CBS coverage was only scheduled from 11 to 12 (ET). Doesn't mean they didn't go early; NBC had coverage scheduled from 10:45-12.
Tuesday October 2  the  west coast had coverage of a UN speech by JP II preempting BTC and Whew.
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Post by: JMFabiano on September 29, 2021, 05:43:09 PM
For those who notice such things/keep track of them:

This new week features the slight redesign of the Villains that lasted till the end of the series.  Didn't think it would be so soon, but then again we did skip several episodes beforehand.
Also got a moment I was tickled by where they prompt Tom to introduce them all, and we get the rundown of names.
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Post by: KrisW73 on September 30, 2021, 12:48:15 PM
For those who notice such things/keep track of them:

This new week features the slight redesign of the Villains that lasted till the end of the series.  Didn't think it would be so soon, but then again we did skip several episodes beforehand.
Also got a moment I was tickled by where they prompt Tom to introduce them all, and we get the rundown of names.


1) I would assume it was easier to total the non winning end game money with the new numbering system.
2) I thought the introduction of the villains was a humorous touch as well.
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Post by: GameShowGuru on October 01, 2021, 02:39:21 AM
On the Sept. 7, 1979 episode, a contestant named Larry Rice was on, who won the game but lost the Gauntlet of Villians.

Question: Was this the same Larry Rice who was a regular guest on Wally George's show "Hot Seat" in the 80s and 90s on KDOC-56 in Orange County, CA?
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Post by: Allstar87 on October 01, 2021, 08:53:36 PM
Was this the same Larry Rice who was a regular guest on Wally George's show "Hot Seat" in the 80s and 90s on KDOC-56 in Orange County, CA?

I checked clips of him on Hot Seat, and the face/voice match up perfectly. It's gotta be him!
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Post by: gridlockjoe on October 07, 2021, 04:50:23 PM
I'm curious why Buzzr skipped #101.
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Post by: JMFabiano on October 07, 2021, 05:25:06 PM
I'm curious why Buzzr skipped #101.

Tape quality or content.
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Post by: Allstar87 on October 07, 2021, 05:54:56 PM
Tape quality or content.

I'd guess the former, I caught a few small tape imperfections in today's episode.
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Post by: gridlockjoe on October 07, 2021, 09:41:39 PM
Tape quality or content.
[/quote]

After seeing 102, I’m inclined to believe tape quality. I’m surprised it made it to airwith the blooming and interference at the beginning of Terry’s Gauntlet. If they were stored together…
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Post by: gamed121683 on October 08, 2021, 05:24:45 PM
Is it just on my end or did today's episode of Whew! on Buzzr (10/8) have some audio problems?
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Post by: WhammyPower on October 08, 2021, 06:10:35 PM
It seemed fine to me. What was displayed on the Telly Bellys (https://imgur.com/TCaFt0i) prior to the Gauntlet, however...
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Post by: Nick on October 09, 2021, 03:07:52 PM
A-100 D was an insane episode.  Robin Edison was one of the strongest players this game has seen since Randy Amasia and before Steve Leblang.  In her first round of charging, she plays unconventionally by taking middle path up the board and hits only one block on the way; but her charging in the tiebreaker is where she really shined.

Were the waiting contestants in the green room able to see the tapings in progress?  If they were, she had to have been watching all of John's other games to know he would most certainly employ the "dragnet" approach on the blocks that once she got around them, she knew she could simply take the easy path up the board.  She never said dollars in all her charges because she knows it saves her precious seconds, and it worked big time.  Despite hitting two blocks between the first two levels, she gets to Level 6 with 12 seconds on the clock and goes straight for the $500, but it's blocked.  Dashes to the $200 once she's free and wins on the "times up" call.

That, and you see how she tenses up the moment the blooper is revealed and is looking straight at the punchline, and she's monitoring the clock between calls to know how much time she has.  Absolutely stellar game.

And I didn't even mention how the charger won all three rounds played, no Longshots were called and the Gauntlet was done in 61 seconds that it left a whole two minutes to fill with banter in act 5 before the credit roll.
  That's living up to your name of Whew!, all right.

I really hope the tape issues on the next episode are resolved at some point because I really want to see what happened next after an episode that good!

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Post by: tvmitch on October 10, 2021, 09:21:31 AM
No spoilers here, but from what I can gather, the folks in "contestant's row" were almost certainly able to watch the show as it taped. Right? Did they sit in the audience?

If that is true, that proved to be a significant advantage for several challengers we've seen so far. Between the ability to watch the champion's game play, and the ability to pick the categories for the first two rounds, the Challenger definitely entered with an advantage.

Is it common on other game shows to have incoming contestants sit in the audience or watch the proceedings from a green room? I haven't been to a taping of J! before...is that how it works there?
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: Nick on October 10, 2021, 10:21:24 AM
No spoilers here, but from what I can gather, the folks in "contestant's row" were almost certainly able to watch the show as it taped. Right? Did they sit in the audience?

I just went and reread from Randy's Big Adventure that he and the other waiting contestants could indeed see the tapings in progress from the green room (which apparently was Bob Barker's dressing room).

/Totally off topic, but does anybody still have the MIDI version of the Whew! theme that used to play on Randy's website?  It just seems so strange without it playing underneath the homepage.
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Post by: isucgv on October 10, 2021, 02:08:40 PM
Is it common on other game shows to have incoming contestants sit in the audience or watch the proceedings from a green room? I haven't been to a taping of J! before...is that how it works there?

I seem to recall Blockbusters taking an audience shot one time and showed potential contestants with name tags sitting in the audience.  I also remember Bert Convy making a reference to the contestants sitting in the audience a few times as well during Super Password. 
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Post by: SuperMatch93 on October 10, 2021, 02:25:21 PM
/Totally off topic, but does anybody still have the MIDI version of the Whew! theme that used to play on Randy's website?  It just seems so strange without it playing underneath the homepage.

The Wayback Machine has it. (https://web.archive.org/web/20060328110257/http://www.classicgameshows.com/whew/WhewGauntlet.mid)
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Post by: TimK2003 on October 10, 2021, 02:58:12 PM
Is it common on other game shows to have incoming contestants sit in the audience or watch the proceedings from a green room? I haven't been to a taping of J! before...is that how it works there?

I seem to recall Blockbusters taking an audience shot one time and showed potential contestants with name tags sitting in the audience.  I also remember Bert Convy making a reference to the contestants sitting in the audience a few times as well during Super Password.

Out of the several show tapings I have been to over the decades, I can only remember Super Password having their "contestant pool"  seated in the first one or two rows in the audience, and seeing somebody select the next contestant(s) right before they were called into the game.

I want to say that was the case for John Davidson's Hollywood Squares as well (which was shot just across the hall at the time at NBC), but I'm not 100% sure.
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Post by: Nick on October 10, 2021, 03:37:28 PM
The Wayback Machine has it. (https://web.archive.org/web/20060328110257/http://www.classicgameshows.com/whew/WhewGauntlet.mid)

That sounds more like it!  Mucho gracias.

"Ain’t nothing like the real thing, baby."
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: BrandonFG on October 10, 2021, 04:03:01 PM
And of course it's not compatible with QuickTime. I can hear the MIDI theme playing in my head...that takes me back.
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Post by: MSTieScott on October 10, 2021, 06:28:52 PM
MGHS also placed its upcoming contestants in the audience (https://youtu.be/V_iyASp1Kns?t=164).

Is it common on other game shows to have incoming contestants sit in the audience or watch the proceedings from a green room? I haven't been to a taping of J! before...is that how it works there?

From everything I've read, it seems like Jeopardy! sat its contestants in the audience pre-2020 -- did Wheel do the same?

Letting future contestants sit in the audience is not a common practice in this day and age -- I assume because it's easier to monitor everybody when they're in the same controlled space like a green room. I don't know whether there's usually a studio feed being pumped into the green room or whether the goal is to keep the contestants well and truly isolated from the game.

Social distancing regulations have done away with shared contestant waiting areas for the time being, but I'd be curious to hear anecdotes from people who were contestants on shows in the 2010s. Were you allowed to watch the taping while you waited? I'd also be interested in learning whether there's a difference in practices between shows that take two or three hours to tape an episode versus shows that try to progress closer to real time.

(Should this be its own thread on the main board?)
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Post by: parliboy on October 10, 2021, 09:35:30 PM
And of course it's not compatible with QuickTime. I can hear the MIDI theme playing in my head...that takes me back.

I threw it onto onlinesequencer.net and messed with it for about 3 minutes.   If you don't like my instrument choices, jump into edit mode and tweak it to your taste.

https://onlinesequencer.net/2306009
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Post by: knagl on October 11, 2021, 01:09:08 AM
I was a contestant on the short-lived Mall Masters at Mall of America GSN original, taped in the fall of 2000. While it may have had to do with the show being pretty low-budget and not shot in a traditional TV studio, the future contestants were the audience and sat just behind the cameras watching episodes being taped. Since there were only a dozen or so of us, the majority of the audience sounds heard on the show were added in post-production.

Since there were no returning champions, the only benefit we got out of seeing other episodes tape while we waited for our turn was to get a better idea of the structure of the show.
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Post by: SuperSweeper on October 11, 2021, 07:13:11 AM
I am having a very hard time quoting on my phone, but yes, the other Wheel of Fortune contestants do sit in the audience (and still do - they’re currently the only people there during an episode).
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Post by: tvmitch on October 11, 2021, 08:52:58 AM
This is great feedback, thanks to everyone for sharing.

I guess what I'm getting at is that there was a significant advantage to W! contestants being able to watch from a green room, because so much of the format was about strategy. Even one extra block gained from knowledge about a contestant's charging pattern could swing the game.

To an extent, this would also be an advantage on J!, but only to the extent of plotting strategy against a champion with odd habits, like category jumping and the like.

For shows like Password and others, I don't see as much of an advantage.

If you had Whew! as #1 on the list of Shows Where Green Room Contestants Got A Notable Advantage, I am not sure what would unseat it.
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Post by: Bryce L. on October 11, 2021, 09:22:51 AM
If you had Whew! as #1 on the list of Shows Where Green Room Contestants Got A Notable Advantage, I am not sure what would unseat it.
This is a choice with an asterisk, but J! during tournaments (since if you see the opening round games ahead of yours, you can fudge your FJ! bet to just squeak through to the next round as a wild card [i.e. you know what the cutoff score is to that point], if you know you're not likely to win your game [say, if you've had a shaky DJ! round]).
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Post by: vtown7 on October 11, 2021, 10:18:03 AM
If you had Whew! as #1 on the list of Shows Where Green Room Contestants Got A Notable Advantage, I am not sure what would unseat it.
This is a choice with an asterisk, but J! during tournaments (since if you see the opening round games ahead of yours, you can fudge your FJ! bet to just squeak through to the next round as a wild card [i.e. you know what the cutoff score is to that point], if you know you're not likely to win your game [say, if you've had a shaky DJ! round]).

Two things:
1. Just to clarify - unless I'm mistaken, J! tournament participants in a quarterfinal day of taping are in the green room until they tape with no feed/link to the other episodes.  This would make going later in the week a huge advantage.
2. Which makes Wheel's Friday Finals season (96-97) and other self contained weeks similar to it a bit bonkers then.  I was on in May of 97 and was randomly selected to be in the yellow position on the Thursday episode.  As such, not only did we get to watch the Mon/Tues/Wed episodes tape and thus I knew what I had to beat to make it to the Friday show but the total to shoot for was announced by Pat on the show itself.  This always felt a bit off for me but I was lucky enough that I could 100% take advantage of it, make enough, and enjoyed being one of the last people to be a "returning champion" on Wheel.  (Side note: I'm a full believer that yellow was always the best position for you to play from in the pre-toss up era of Wheel - if you're red and you lose your turn early, you might not get it back until round four for example.  Yellow, on the other hand, can run the table in rounds one and two).

In regards to other shows - nothing else that I've done gave an advantage by watching from the audience/from the feeds but most would seat contestants in the audience.  The only ones that tended not to were those that were taped on a very small set and audiences really didn't have the setup/the space.

Ryan
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Post by: Bryce L. on October 11, 2021, 10:22:11 AM
If you had Whew! as #1 on the list of Shows Where Green Room Contestants Got A Notable Advantage, I am not sure what would unseat it.
This is a choice with an asterisk, but J! during tournaments (since if you see the opening round games ahead of yours, you can fudge your FJ! bet to just squeak through to the next round as a wild card [i.e. you know what the cutoff score is to that point], if you know you're not likely to win your game [say, if you've had a shaky DJ! round]).
1. Just to clarify - unless I'm mistaken, J! tournament participants in a quarterfinal day of taping are in the green room until they tape with no feed/link to the other episodes.  This would make going later in the week a huge advantage.
Correct. If you were able to see the shows as they were taping, you'd have that advantage. Thus a wise move in sequestering them, to not slant the Thursday and Friday shows.
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Post by: golden-road on October 11, 2021, 01:41:05 PM
I was a contestant on the short-lived Mall Masters at Mall of America GSN original, taped in the fall of 2000. While it may have had to do with the show being pretty low-budget and not shot in a traditional TV studio, the future contestants were the audience and sat just behind the cameras watching episodes being taped. Since there were only a dozen or so of us, the majority of the audience sounds heard on the show were added in post-production.

I've wondered if it was actually taped inside MoA?
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Post by: splinkynip on October 11, 2021, 01:58:01 PM
Back in the 80's and I assume the 90's, Wheel of Fortune Teen Week allowed all the week's contestants to sit in the audience,  whether or not they played yet. I was on the Monday show and didn't think it was fair that the others knew the top scores for the week to try to get into the Friday final.
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Post by: knagl on October 13, 2021, 02:10:48 AM
I've wondered if it was actually taped inside MoA?

It was indeed, on a stage inside a small playhouse theater in then-Knott's Camp Snoopy (now Nickelodeon Universe), the amusement park in the middle of the mall.

Here are a couple of behind-the-scenes photos which I believe were taken by none other than fellow Game Show Forum member narzo.

(https://i.postimg.cc/d3F3Lr1r/548-900.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/C1sYrthn/404-900.jpg)
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Post by: BrandonFG on October 15, 2021, 12:58:05 PM
And of course it's not compatible with QuickTime. I can hear the MIDI theme playing in my head...that takes me back.

I threw it onto onlinesequencer.net and messed with it for about 3 minutes.   If you don't like my instrument choices, jump into edit mode and tweak it to your taste.

https://onlinesequencer.net/2306009
Finally got to listen. Sounds great…thank you!
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Post by: JMFabiano on October 15, 2021, 04:56:36 PM
Don't know if it happened before, but today we saw what happens when a contestant gets all the bloopers wrong/gets blocked on one level. They just jump to the next level.

And $100,000?  Wrong show, Tom.
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Post by: NickintheATL on October 15, 2021, 07:41:54 PM
Don't know if it happened before, but today we saw what happens when a contestant gets all the bloopers wrong/gets blocked on one level. They just jump to the next level.

Yes, it's happened a couple of times. The show rules do address this as well and that is what happens.
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Post by: Bryce L. on October 19, 2021, 04:57:36 PM
Is that the first time someone's gone one for ten on the Gauntlet? No, that's not a typo.
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Post by: weaklink75 on October 19, 2021, 05:02:30 PM
Is that the first time someone's gone one for ten on the Gauntlet? No, that's not a typo.

And I think the only one he got right was the very first one he answered...that was a long 60 seconds or so..
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: KrisW73 on October 19, 2021, 09:24:41 PM
Is that the first time someone's gone one for ten on the Gauntlet? No, that's not a typo.

To my knowledge yes.
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Post by: MSTieScott on October 21, 2021, 01:28:57 AM
As we watched the mini-marathon, we figured out that there were actually two game boards. On one board, the backlit 3 on level three was installed upside down and backward; on the other board, it's installed correctly. During the first week, there was also a different bulb out along the right side of each board's chase lights.

It appears that sometime along the way, they figured out how to play the game on just one board. Because the same light bulb has been out on the right side of level 5 for weeks now, and I'm assuming that one random bulb wasn't out in the same location on both boards.

Right now, my obsessive personality is fixated on the selection of villain portraits as blocks are placed. I've determined that the villain portraits either replace or are placed over the blooper -- individual squares aren't consistent in which villain they contain. But why then, I wonder, will the same villain sometimes show up twice during a round? If the blocks are being attached to the board, then why wouldn't the stagehands have six different pictures in order to avoid duplication?
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Post by: TimK2003 on October 21, 2021, 11:06:06 AM

Right now, my obsessive personality is fixated on the selection of villain portraits as blocks are placed. I've determined that the villain portraits either replace or are placed over the blooper -- individual squares aren't consistent in which villain they contain. But why then, I wonder, will the same villain sometimes show up twice during a round? If the blocks are being attached to the board, then why wouldn't the stagehands have six different pictures in order to avoid duplication?

One of the episodes seen within the last week had two Frank (without his little friend Stein) blocks next to each other on level 1 (the $20 & $30, IIRC).  And I have seen other episodes where there were duplicate Gauntlet character blocks on the same board.  So it does happen regularly.

Is Nero the only official "Long Shot" block they use?
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Post by: Allstar87 on October 21, 2021, 12:24:28 PM
Is Nero the only official "Long Shot" block they use?

There's also this one, but I don't know when it was in use.

(https://i.ibb.co/RSKh25G/Alphonse-Small.jpg)
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Post by: nowhammies10 on October 21, 2021, 12:49:48 PM
Right now, my obsessive personality is fixated on the selection of villain portraits as blocks are placed. I've determined that the villain portraits either replace or are placed over the blooper -- individual squares aren't consistent in which villain they contain. But why then, I wonder, will the same villain sometimes show up twice during a round? If the blocks are being attached to the board, then why wouldn't the stagehands have six different pictures in order to avoid duplication?

I built a PowerPoint game controller that does the opposite: the blooper is overlaid on top of the villain. With 7 villains, each one appears exactly 4 times.

(https://i.imgur.com/Lw23K89.png)

The villains are preloaded in their positions as shown above and when the block is placed, the blooper gets removed from behind the "money" slide, leaving the villain to be revealed if that amount is called for. I also made Longshot blocks for each of the villains and have it so that each of the villains on the top row is replaced by a different villain holding the Longshot.

On the real show? They probably didn't care enough about that level of detail. Mathematically there shouldn't be any reason to see duplicate villains in any one round if you're just placing the 6 blocks over top of the bloopers.
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Post by: MikeK on October 21, 2021, 04:24:15 PM
Is Nero the only official "Long Shot" block they use?

There's also this one, but I don't know when it was in use.

(https://i.ibb.co/RSKh25G/Alphonse-Small.jpg)
That's from the Winc. YouTube video of episode 131.  Today's show is 112.  We'll see that type of longshot within a month.
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Post by: Unrealtor on October 22, 2021, 08:12:04 PM
As we watched the mini-marathon, we figured out that there were actually two game boards. On one board, the backlit 3 on level three was installed upside down and backward; on the other board, it's installed correctly. During the first week, there was also a different bulb out along the right side of each board's chase lights.

It appears that sometime along the way, they figured out how to play the game on just one board. Because the same light bulb has been out on the right side of level 5 for weeks now, and I'm assuming that one random bulb wasn't out in the same location on both boards.

Right now, my obsessive personality is fixated on the selection of villain portraits as blocks are placed. I've determined that the villain portraits either replace or are placed over the blooper -- individual squares aren't consistent in which villain they contain. But why then, I wonder, will the same villain sometimes show up twice during a round? If the blocks are being attached to the board, then why wouldn't the stagehands have six different pictures in order to avoid duplication?

A theory, based on no evidence other than what's been said in this thread: They started out with exactly one of each card for each board with the intent of only using each villain once per board, but it was faster or more efficient to have more than six cards ready behind the board when blocks were being placed so they combined the two sets into one, and the only system for what went where was what happened to come to hand first.
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Post by: MikeK on October 22, 2021, 09:05:16 PM
In case nobody has noticed, the Gauntlet has a current losing streak at 20.  That's one way to make up for the week with 4 Gauntlet wins.

(Spoilered in case nobody has seen the episode that aired Friday afternoon.)
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Post by: tyshaun1 on October 23, 2021, 07:20:16 AM
In case nobody has noticed, the Gauntlet has a current losing streak at 20.  That's one way to make up for the week with 4 Gauntlet wins.

(Spoilered in case nobody has seen the episode that aired Friday afternoon.)
I was hoping that I wasn't the only one who noticed. And IMO, an overcorrection. I'm sure it didn't help against its competition.
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Post by: Ian Wallis on October 23, 2021, 10:08:22 AM
I was hoping that I wasn't the only one who noticed. And IMO, an overcorrection. I'm sure it didn't help against its competition.

Is it any coincidence that celebrities were added about a month later?  It was probably somewhere around now in the taping cycle that someone at CBS said that they've got to spruce it up somehow and the producers had to figure out how to incorporate celebrities.
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Post by: MSTieScott on October 23, 2021, 06:04:19 PM
Is it any coincidence that celebrities were added about a month later?

Yes. I'm assuming that Whew!'s ratings were always trouble (as has been mentioned before, one of the show's biggest problems was an overwhelming format that required too much concentration to keep up with). I'm also assuming that the ratings didn't drop suddenly and significantly because of a string of Gauntlet losses, which a viewer would only notice if they watched the show every day.

Friday's episode was the start of a new taping day. They finally fixed that light bulb, there was a new split-screen shot the director was trying out, the list of writers in the credits got much longer (I wasn't able to compare the names, but it looked like the researchers may have received a promotion?), and the questions in the bonus round went from "the contestants have no hope of winning" to "there's at least a small chance a contestant could get close to a win."
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Post by: weaklink75 on October 23, 2021, 06:44:12 PM
They’re at about 6 weeks after NBC moved Hollywood Squares to the time slot- From what I read, Whew did decently against All Star Secrets but once Squares moved the ratings dipped, so Whew went the celeb route (and considering Squares got canned 3 weeks after Whew was to make way for The David Letterman Show, you wonder what the ratings were overall; there might have been clearance issues with affiliates wanting to do local talk shows and such- I know DC didn’t broadcast Whew. CBS did sitcom reruns in the 10am hour after Whew ended until $25k Pyramid/Child’s Play started in late ‘82)
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Post by: MikeK on October 23, 2021, 06:51:58 PM
Friday's episode was the start of a new taping day. They finally fixed that light bulb, there was a new split-screen shot the director was trying out, the list of writers in the credits got much longer (I wasn't able to compare the names, but it looked like the researchers may have received a promotion?)
Comparing the credits from ep. 79 and ep. 113, a slew of new people were added as writers, 2 speech bubbles worth, 8 in total--Joel Hecht, Laurie Levit-Ades, Jim Kahlert, and Jerrilyn Klein (all 4 researchers on show 79) got promoted to writers.  Two new writers were added to the staff--Jeff Spielberg and Jill Baer.
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Post by: catnap1972 on October 23, 2021, 08:51:52 PM
They also trademarked the "Whew!" logo (or at least noted that it's as such)
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Post by: clemon79 on October 25, 2021, 08:07:43 PM
Weird question: the source I am pulling my BUZZR listings from seems to indicate that today's Whew (and indeed, the rest of the month's) are repeats. Was this the case? (Also, the Sunday episodes are the repeats from Monday and Tuesday for a given week, correct?)
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Post by: Bryce L. on October 25, 2021, 08:18:48 PM
Weird question: the source I am pulling my BUZZR listings from seems to indicate that today's Whew (and indeed, the rest of the month's) are repeats. Was this the case? (Also, the Sunday episodes are the repeats from Monday and Tuesday for a given week, correct?)
No, today's episode was fresh. And yes, the Sundays are repeats of Monday and Tuesday. If I may ask, what source are you pulling your listings from?
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Post by: clemon79 on October 25, 2021, 08:33:40 PM
No, today's episode was fresh. And yes, the Sundays are repeats of Monday and Tuesday. If I may ask, what source are you pulling your listings from?

Charter / Spectrum, Los Angeles. I take the HTTP stream itself straight from BUZZR, I just need Pacific time listings to populate the program grid in NextDVR so I can set up recordings. Literally don't care WHERE they come from so long as Schedules Direct will feed them to me.
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Post by: Bryce L. on October 25, 2021, 08:37:29 PM
No, today's episode was fresh. And yes, the Sundays are repeats of Monday and Tuesday. If I may ask, what source are you pulling your listings from?

Charter / Spectrum, Los Angeles. I take the HTTP stream itself straight from BUZZR, I just need Pacific time listings to populate the program grid so I can set up recordings. Literally don't care WHERE they come from so long as Schedules Direct will feed them to me.
Oh, gotcha. That I can't help you with, since I record a completely different way (VLC). As far as Pacific listings, I would suggest using this link, but not sure if it would help much...

https://buzzrtv.com/schedule/schedule_by_date/21-10-25/America/Los_Angeles

Just change dates as necessary.
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Post by: clemon79 on October 25, 2021, 08:43:24 PM
As far as Pacific listings, I would suggest using this link, but not sure if it would help much...

https://buzzrtv.com/schedule/schedule_by_date/21-10-25/America/Los_Angeles

Just change dates as necessary.

Much appreciated, but the point is that NextDVR needs a JSON feed so I can make a streaming channel source simulate a regular TV channel for the purpose of adding it to the program grid, so that I can recording it like any other DVR recording. That's where Schedules Direct comes in. (So basically where my cable system doesn't have a channel 686, I stuck the BUZZR feed there.)
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Post by: JMFabiano on October 26, 2021, 02:00:55 PM
Rod cracked up doing announcements a lot.
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Post by: Nick on October 26, 2021, 03:44:32 PM
Rod cracked up doing announcements a lot.

On a similar note, can anybody who's worked on the production side of the house on a show such as this explain why Rod literally shouted every line of copy he had?  I'm assuming he was stationed in the usual spot at stage left for announcers in Studio 33.  Was the crowd really that wild that he couldn't hear himself through his headset, or is there another plausible explanation aside from, "It's Rod Roddy"?  I know Rod's game show repertoire through the '80s is typified by his overly-enthusiastic delivery, but he's just so over the top on Whew! that it's grating on the ears.
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Post by: Chief-O on October 26, 2021, 04:08:15 PM
On a similar note, can anybody who's worked on the production side of the house on a show such as this explain why Rod literally shouted every line of copy he had?  I'm assuming he was stationed in the usual spot at stage left for announcers in Studio 33.  Was the crowd really that wild that he couldn't hear himself through his headset, or is there another plausible explanation aside from, "It's Rod Roddy"?  I know Rod's game show repertoire through the '80s is typified by his overly-enthusiastic delivery, but he's just so over the top on Whew! that it's grating on the ears.

Relative inexperience, maybe, given that "Whew!" was his first game show gig?
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Post by: BrandonFG on October 26, 2021, 04:19:03 PM
On a similar note, can anybody who's worked on the production side of the house on a show such as this explain why Rod literally shouted every line of copy he had?  I'm assuming he was stationed in the usual spot at stage left for announcers in Studio 33.  Was the crowd really that wild that he couldn't hear himself through his headset, or is there another plausible explanation aside from, "It's Rod Roddy"?  I know Rod's game show repertoire through the '80s is typified by his overly-enthusiastic delivery, but he's just so over the top on Whew! that it's grating on the ears.

Relative inexperience, maybe, given that "Whew!" was his first game show gig?
I'll also add that he was doing Soap at the same time, which required a more subdued delivery. I imagine he was still finding the balance between the two. He toned it down by the time So You Think You Got Troubles or Hit Man premiered.
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Post by: Casey Buck on October 26, 2021, 05:26:16 PM
On a similar note, can anybody who's worked on the production side of the house on a show such as this explain why Rod literally shouted every line of copy he had?  I'm assuming he was stationed in the usual spot at stage left for announcers in Studio 33.  Was the crowd really that wild that he couldn't hear himself through his headset, or is there another plausible explanation aside from, "It's Rod Roddy"?  I know Rod's game show repertoire through the '80s is typified by his overly-enthusiastic delivery, but he's just so over the top on Whew! that it's grating on the ears.

It might just be a Jay Wolpert thing. He's just as over-the-top on the Pandemonium pilot (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkJJrmt7ano).
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Post by: Nick on October 26, 2021, 06:16:07 PM
Relative inexperience, maybe, given that "Whew!" was his first game show gig?

Except he was still way over-the-top at the end of the '80s until heath issues forced him to be more subdued.  Not to speak ill of Rod as I have many fond memories of him in my years watching Price, but in retrospect, I really don't understand how he was left so unrestrained in his delivery and especially on Whew!.  You'd think he would have been told to tone it down.

It might just be a Jay Wolpert thing. He's just as over-the-top on the Pandemonium pilot (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkJJrmt7ano).

Maybe, but I'd argue everyone and everything was over-the-top about that pilot (except for Steve Edwards).
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Post by: Chief-O on October 26, 2021, 07:32:37 PM
It might just be a Jay Wolpert thing. He's just as over-the-top on the Pandemonium pilot (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkJJrmt7ano).

I'll have to check, but I swear he was more "professional" sounding on "Hit Man".
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Post by: KrisW73 on October 27, 2021, 07:18:50 AM
In case nobody has noticed, the Gauntlet has a current losing streak at 20.  That's one way to make up for the week with 4 Gauntlet wins.

(Spoilered in case nobody has seen the episode that aired Friday afternoon.)
I was hoping that I wasn't the only one who noticed. And IMO, an overcorrection. I'm sure it didn't help against its competition.

Spoilered in case someone hasn't watched yesterday's episode

The dry streak continues - with some really tough (imo) bloopers but easier ones shuffled in
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Post by: tyshaun1 on October 27, 2021, 08:10:06 AM
It might just be a Jay Wolpert thing. He's just as over-the-top on the Pandemonium pilot (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkJJrmt7ano).

I'll have to check, but I swear he was more "professional" sounding on "Hit Man".
Bill Carruthers had Rod record all of his fee plug reads in advance on PYL and he was much more subdued, likely because he had worked with him before on Whew!.
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Post by: Otm Shank on October 27, 2021, 02:41:27 PM
Perhaps the direction given to Rod was to not be subdued, owing to the fact that the shows were titled Whew! and Pandemonium.

Maybe it was something with the reverb that strident worked better than mellifluous.
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Post by: Bryce L. on October 27, 2021, 04:45:52 PM
In case nobody has noticed, the Gauntlet has a current losing streak at 20.  That's one way to make up for the week with 4 Gauntlet wins.

(Spoilered in case nobody has seen the episode that aired Friday afternoon.)
I was hoping that I wasn't the only one who noticed. And IMO, an overcorrection. I'm sure it didn't help against its competition.

Spoilered in case someone hasn't watched yesterday's episode

The dry streak continues - with some really tough (imo) bloopers but easier ones shuffled in
And we can add another notch in Jeremy Swash's belt today.
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Post by: That Don Guy on October 27, 2021, 04:56:14 PM
It might just be a Jay Wolpert thing. He's just as over-the-top on the Pandemonium pilot (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkJJrmt7ano).

I'll have to check, but I swear he was more "professional" sounding on "Hit Man".

Hit Man had "both" of the Rod Roddys - the "calm" one narrated the two "movies," while the more over-the-top one did the opening and closing credits.
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Post by: Bryce L. on October 27, 2021, 04:57:04 PM
It might just be a Jay Wolpert thing. He's just as over-the-top on the Pandemonium pilot (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkJJrmt7ano).

I'll have to check, but I swear he was more "professional" sounding on "Hit Man".

Hit Man had "both" of the Rod Roddys - the "calm" one narrated the two "movies," while the more over-the-top one did the opening and closing credits.
I thought Peter narrated the "movies".
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Post by: That Don Guy on October 27, 2021, 07:38:01 PM
It might just be a Jay Wolpert thing. He's just as over-the-top on the Pandemonium pilot (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkJJrmt7ano).

I'll have to check, but I swear he was more "professional" sounding on "Hit Man".

Hit Man had "both" of the Rod Roddys - the "calm" one narrated the two "movies," while the more over-the-top one did the opening and closing credits.
I thought Peter narrated the "movies".

I always thought it was Rod in his "Soap" voice. Guess I'll have to add that to the list of "wrong game show memories..."
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Post by: SRIV94 on October 28, 2021, 12:03:45 AM
It might just be a Jay Wolpert thing. He's just as over-the-top on the Pandemonium pilot (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkJJrmt7ano).

I'll have to check, but I swear he was more "professional" sounding on "Hit Man".

Hit Man had "both" of the Rod Roddys - the "calm" one narrated the two "movies," while the more over-the-top one did the opening and closing credits.
I thought Peter narrated the "movies".

Yep—that was Peter all the way.
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Post by: KrisW73 on October 28, 2021, 04:54:26 PM
In case nobody has noticed, the Gauntlet has a current losing streak at 20.  That's one way to make up for the week with 4 Gauntlet wins.

(Spoilered in case nobody has seen the episode that aired Friday afternoon.)
I was hoping that I wasn't the only one who noticed. And IMO, an overcorrection. I'm sure it didn't help against its competition.

Spoilered in case someone hasn't watched yesterday's episode

The dry streak continues - with some really tough (imo) bloopers but easier ones shuffled in
And we can add another notch in Jeremy Swash's belt today.

and another....
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: Bryce L. on October 28, 2021, 04:55:16 PM
In case nobody has noticed, the Gauntlet has a current losing streak at 20.  That's one way to make up for the week with 4 Gauntlet wins.

(Spoilered in case nobody has seen the episode that aired Friday afternoon.)
I was hoping that I wasn't the only one who noticed. And IMO, an overcorrection. I'm sure it didn't help against its competition.

Spoilered in case someone hasn't watched yesterday's episode

The dry streak continues - with some really tough (imo) bloopers but easier ones shuffled in
And we can add another notch in Jeremy Swash's belt today.

and another....
times two
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Post by: MikeK on October 28, 2021, 05:03:11 PM
Unless episode 117 had a Gauntlet win (skipped today), the Gauntlet losing streak is at 26 and during the streak, nobody that we know about has gotten past #7.
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Post by: Bryce L. on October 28, 2021, 05:21:13 PM
Though it's gotten easier to watch now... at least they're usually making it to #6 or #7 now... we're seemingly out of that "ha ha ha... no" territory where you'd be lucky to reach #3 or #4
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Post by: Bryce L. on October 29, 2021, 04:49:28 PM
And I thought that story was an urban legend. WOW.
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Post by: catnap1972 on October 29, 2021, 04:50:26 PM
And I thought that story was an urban legend. WOW.

Yeah, that was quite the turn of events!
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Post by: weaklink75 on October 29, 2021, 04:50:46 PM
Classic ep…just classic…I had heard the story about that (though I thought it was after a Gauntlet win)
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Post by: Robair on October 29, 2021, 04:55:36 PM
Stephen the detective just blew his knee out. No gauntlet today
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Post by: JMFabiano on October 29, 2021, 05:53:30 PM
And I thought that story was an urban legend. WOW.

Yeah, that was quite the turn of events!

HOLY CRAP.

I was thinking about That Episode the other day, and wondering if it was coming, or amongst the early skipped episodes. 

Well when he is brought back, at least we know ONE Gauntlet win is coming....
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Post by: TimK2003 on October 29, 2021, 07:24:08 PM
And I thought that story was an urban legend. WOW.

Yeah, that was quite the turn of events!

HOLY CRAP.

I was thinking about That Episode the other day, and wondering if it was coming, or amongst the early skipped episodes. 

Well when he is brought back, at least we know ONE Gauntlet win is coming....

And his return to face the Gauntlet will be a little over the top as well!
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Post by: Bryce L. on October 29, 2021, 07:47:47 PM
And I thought that story was an urban legend. WOW.

Yeah, that was quite the turn of events!

HOLY CRAP.

I was thinking about That Episode the other day, and wondering if it was coming, or amongst the early skipped episodes. 

Well when he is brought back, at least we know ONE Gauntlet win is coming....

And his return to face the Gauntlet will be a little over the top as well!
Hopefully not to the point of the ambulance making a return trip to Television City as well.
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Post by: weaklink75 on October 29, 2021, 08:29:07 PM
One other thing- Is that a record for a successfully completed Charge? He did it in 44 seconds…


Loved Tom’s commentary: “Remember this-whoever loses, I’m not responsible, OK?”
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Post by: Bryce L. on October 29, 2021, 08:32:50 PM
One other thing- Is that a record for a successfully completed Charge? He did it in 44 seconds…
If not a record, then certainly on the leaderboard, and one of the best I've seen to date.
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Post by: TimK2003 on October 29, 2021, 08:37:00 PM
And I thought that story was an urban legend. WOW.

Yeah, that was quite the turn of events!

HOLY CRAP.

I was thinking about That Episode the other day, and wondering if it was coming, or amongst the early skipped episodes. 

Well when he is brought back, at least we know ONE Gauntlet win is coming....

And his return to face the Gauntlet will be a little over the top as well!
Hopefully not to the point of the ambulance making a return trip to Television City as well.

All I remember is that when Stephen came back to face the Gauntlet there was no mention of him before his segment on the episode.  So when it happens, it will likely be after another contestant's Gauntlet win or unsuccessful 5th try. 

But again, when it happens, you'll know....in classic Jay Wolpert style!
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Post by: MikeK on October 29, 2021, 08:49:03 PM
If anybody knows, did Stephen return during pre-Celebrity Whew!?  We're about 3 weeks from the non-celebrity show, which doesn't sound like a lot of turnaround time for somebody who did that to his knee, especially given how girthy he was.
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Post by: weaklink75 on October 29, 2021, 09:00:35 PM
When they do go over to the Celebs, did they change immediately to the “sweep boards 1&2 and you Charge board 3 against a random Villain Block pattern” so the games wouldn’t straddle?
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Post by: TimK2003 on October 29, 2021, 09:20:12 PM
If anybody knows, did Stephen return during pre-Celebrity Whew!?  We're about 3 weeks from the non-celebrity show, which doesn't sound like a lot of turnaround time for somebody who did that to his knee, especially given how girthy he was.

I'm pretty sure he ran the gauntlet all by his lonesome.
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Post by: Ian Wallis on October 29, 2021, 10:07:54 PM
When they do go over to the Celebs, did they change immediately to the “sweep boards 1&2 and you Charge board 3 against a random Villain Block pattern” so the games wouldn’t straddle?

No.  It still straddled until late in the run.  As soon as they knew they were cancelled, they put that rule in to make sure they ended with a complete game and gauntlet attempt.  I'd say probably about four weeks from the end.
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Post by: Bryce L. on October 29, 2021, 10:16:18 PM
When they do go over to the Celebs, did they change immediately to the “sweep boards 1&2 and you Charge board 3 against a random Villain Block pattern” so the games wouldn’t straddle?

No.  It still straddled until late in the run.  As soon as they knew they were cancelled, they put that rule in to make sure they ended with a complete game and gauntlet attempt.  I'd say probably about four weeks from the end.
Sounds about right... just checked my archives, and April 8 (Trish Stewart & Jamie Farr) still allows for straddling. By May 20 (Mary Ann Mobley & Gary Collins), the bonus Game 3 was in place.
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Post by: SuperMatch93 on October 29, 2021, 10:27:08 PM
And I thought that story was an urban legend. WOW.

Does this mean in 20 years there'll be a podcast about it?
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Post by: bscripps on October 29, 2021, 10:54:20 PM
Maybe I'm wrong, but Stephen's opponent was introduced as Greg Itzin, who had recently moved to California from his home in Wisconsin and was getting married in three weeks.

Was that Greg Itzin (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0411857/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1), the actor who played President Logan on "24" and multiple roles on various Star Trek series?  The IMDB bio seems to align nicely, but I can't convince myself it's the same guy.
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Post by: BrandonFG on October 29, 2021, 11:47:41 PM
His Wiki says he moved to Burlington, Wisconsin in sixth grade. I can't imagine it being that common of a name in Wisconsin. Got a screenshot? Never mind. I just saw one. I see the resemblance.
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Post by: GameShowGuru on October 30, 2021, 12:58:00 AM
One other thing- Is that a record for a successfully completed Charge? He did it in 44 seconds…


Loved Tom’s commentary: “Remember this-whoever loses, I’m not responsible, OK?”

It is not a record, Nancy Langton (sp?) in episode 115 completed her charge in 42 seconds
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Post by: SuperMatch93 on October 30, 2021, 09:54:03 AM
If anybody knows, did Stephen return during pre-Celebrity Whew!?  We're about 3 weeks from the non-celebrity show, which doesn't sound like a lot of turnaround time for somebody who did that to his knee, especially given how girthy he was.

Wasn't there a brief period during Celebrity Whew! during which the show reverted to single players? Maybe he returned then.
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Post by: JMFabiano on October 30, 2021, 10:09:12 AM
And I thought that story was an urban legend. WOW.

Does this mean in 20 years there'll be a podcast about it?

I'm dense....what is this a reference to?
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: SuperMatch93 on October 30, 2021, 10:46:40 AM
And I thought that story was an urban legend. WOW.

Does this mean in 20 years there'll be a podcast about it?

I'm dense....what is this a reference to?

https://www.buzzerblog.com/auld-lang-gone/
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Post by: KrisW73 on November 01, 2021, 04:55:46 PM
Does the buzzer have a cold today?
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Post by: JMFabiano on November 01, 2021, 06:12:47 PM
Does the buzzer have a cold today?

It sounded off a few episodes before too. 

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Post by: gridlockjoe on November 02, 2021, 09:03:43 PM
According to Zap2it, Whew! is going to return to the first episode on Thursday, November 18. This lines up with the remaining pre-celebrity episodes, assuming 127 is skipped by virtue of it having run already.

Here is my speculation of what's coming up:
122 (Olivia vs. Gauntlet): Wed 11/3
123: Thu 11/4
124: Fri 11/5
125: Mon 11/8
126: Tue 11/9
127 (Carolyn vs. Gauntlet; Carolyn vs. Hugh): skipped
128: Wed 11/10
129: Thu 11/11
130: Fri 11/12
131 (Michael vs. Tammy): Mon 11/15
132 (Tammy vs. Sherry): Tue 11/16
133 (Tammy vs. Steven, last pre-celebrity episode): Wed 11/17
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Post by: Bryce L. on November 02, 2021, 09:12:30 PM
According to Zap2it, Whew! is going to return to the first episode on Thursday, November 18. This lines up with the remaining pre-celebrity episodes, assuming 127 is skipped by virtue of it having run already.

Here is my speculation of what's coming up:
122 (Olivia vs. Gauntlet): Wed 11/3
123: Thu 11/4
124: Fri 11/5
125: Mon 11/8
126: Tue 11/9
127 (Carolyn vs. Gauntlet; Carolyn vs. Hugh): skipped
128: Wed 11/10
129: Thu 11/11
130: Fri 11/12
131 (Michael vs. Tammy): Mon 11/15
132 (Tammy vs. Sherry): Tue 11/16
133 (Tammy vs. Steven, last pre-celebrity episode): Wed 11/17
Can confirm for the 15th on.

https://buzzrtv.com/schedule/schedule_by_date/21-11-15/America/New_York
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Post by: Ian Wallis on November 03, 2021, 10:02:08 AM
That's a little disappointing.  I don't think the celebrity episodes are as good but I was hoping to see the initial ones.

I just hope that once they reach episode 7, they continue on to 8, 9, 10, etc, and not jump back to 78 again.
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Post by: SuperMatch93 on November 03, 2021, 10:05:42 AM
Is the Steven in episode 133 Steve LeBlang?
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Post by: tyshaun1 on November 03, 2021, 10:07:31 AM
That's a little disappointing.  I don't think the celebrity episodes are as good but I was hoping to see the initial ones.

I just hope that once they reach episode 7, they continue on to 8, 9, 10, etc, and not jump back to 78 again.
Based on Buzzr's airing history, I'd be surprised if it didn't go back to 78. This was about 50 episodes, right? That's within their normal "new-to-Buzzr" episode range.
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Post by: gridlockjoe on November 03, 2021, 11:00:55 AM
Is the Steven in episode 133 Steve LeBlang?
The one and only.
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Post by: gridlockjoe on November 03, 2021, 04:34:52 PM
Episode 121 was re-aired today instead of the scheduled 122.
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Post by: Ryanmo97 on November 03, 2021, 06:59:16 PM
Can confirm for the 15th on.

https://buzzrtv.com/schedule/schedule_by_date/21-11-15/America/New_York
How can you tell? All I see is just the description…
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Post by: Bryce L. on November 03, 2021, 07:00:34 PM
Can confirm for the 15th on.

https://buzzrtv.com/schedule/schedule_by_date/21-11-15/America/New_York
How can you tell? All I see is just the description…
Source code.
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Post by: Ryanmo97 on November 03, 2021, 08:04:03 PM
Can confirm for the 15th on.

https://buzzrtv.com/schedule/schedule_by_date/21-11-15/America/New_York
How can you tell? All I see is just the description…
Source code.
Ahhh… I see
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Post by: SRIV94 on November 03, 2021, 11:06:26 PM
Episode 121 was re-aired today instead of the scheduled 122.
I thought I was going nuts (yar!).  And I may be, but that has nothing to do with the discussion at hand.  :)

Thx for confirming.
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Post by: KrisW73 on November 04, 2021, 04:45:46 PM
Was that second charge a new record? (41 seconds)
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Post by: Bryce L. on November 04, 2021, 04:48:37 PM
Was that second charge a new record? (41 seconds)
May well be. Either way, damn impressive.
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Post by: MikeK on November 05, 2021, 05:24:01 PM
The Gauntlet losing streak hits 33*.  Today's champ gets to 9 (the most anybody has gotten in that streak by two, among shows that aired), with time running out on a blooper about the Flintstones' neighbors last name.

*33 if there was a Gauntlet loss on the unaired show 117, otherwise 32 of 33.  The gaps can be filled in on all other shows that haven't aired.  Today's show was episode 124.  The last Gauntlet win was on show 94.  The streak ends next week; show 127 from Lost and Found has a win.
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Post by: JMFabiano on November 05, 2021, 06:26:17 PM
The Gauntlet losing streak hits 33*.  Today's champ gets to 9 (the most anybody has gotten in that streak by two, among shows that aired), with time running out on a blooper about the Flintstones' neighbors last name.

*33 if there was a Gauntlet loss on the unaired show 117, otherwise 32 of 33.  The gaps can be filled in on all other shows that haven't aired.  Today's show was episode 124.  The last Gauntlet win was on show 94.  The streak ends next week; show 127 from Lost and Found has a win.


Do we know that no episode in between had a win? 

One way to know what happened on 117 is if 118 had a returning champion, no?
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Post by: MikeK on November 05, 2021, 07:37:45 PM
The Gauntlet losing streak hits 33*.  Today's champ gets to 9 (the most anybody has gotten in that streak by two, among shows that aired), with time running out on a blooper about the Flintstones' neighbors last name.

*33 if there was a Gauntlet loss on the unaired show 117, otherwise 32 of 33.  The gaps can be filled in on all other shows that haven't aired.  Today's show was episode 124.  The last Gauntlet win was on show 94.  The streak ends next week; show 127 from Lost and Found has a win.


Do we know that no episode in between had a win? 

One way to know what happened on 117 is if 118 had a returning champion, no?

Yes, we know that 122 didn't have a win because the champ crowned at the end of 121 returned for 123.  Same with 101, also skipped.

The champ at the start of 118 was the guy who busted his knee.  He wasn't on at the end of 116.
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Post by: TimK2003 on November 05, 2021, 07:54:43 PM
The Gauntlet losing streak hits 33*.  Today's champ gets to 9 (the most anybody has gotten in that streak by two, among shows that aired), with time running out on a blooper about the Flintstones' neighbors last name.

*33 if there was a Gauntlet loss on the unaired show 117, otherwise 32 of 33.  The gaps can be filled in on all other shows that haven't aired.  Today's show was episode 124.  The last Gauntlet win was on show 94.  The streak ends next week; show 127 from Lost and Found has a win.


Do we know that no episode in between had a win? 

One way to know what happened on 117 is if 118 had a returning champion, no?

Yes, we know that 122 didn't have a win because the champ crowned at the end of 121 returned for 123.  Same with 101, also skipped.

The champ at the start of 118 was the guy who busted his knee.  He wasn't on at the end of 116.


So #117 was NOT aired?  I wonder if it was because Stephen (and/or Tom) mentioned what his Private Eye "nickname" was.  Let's just say nowadays, if whoever said it did it in a taping today, it definitely would have been edited out.

It makes sense, as they never uttered his nickname in eps #118 & 119.

With all that being said,, there IS a chance that we may never see his triumphant return to the show beginning with his belated Gauntlet run if his nickname was mentioned again in that yet to air episode. 

I only remember being at home seeing only 2 of his episodes first run 40- some years ago -- the days he messed up his knee and when Stephen returned for his 3rd run of the Gauntlet.  Hopefully they will air that episode(s), and MUTE any reference(s) to his nickname, if there were any.
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Post by: JMFabiano on November 05, 2021, 09:34:38 PM
Do you by any chance remember how long it took for him to return?
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Post by: TimK2003 on November 05, 2021, 10:54:54 PM
Do you by any chance remember how long it took for him to return?

Based on being in Jr. High at the time, either the long Thanksgiving weekend or Christmas Break, so whatever episodes that aired around those times.
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Post by: JMFabiano on November 05, 2021, 11:01:57 PM
Do you by any chance remember how long it took for him to return?

Based on being in Jr. High at the time, either the long Thanksgiving weekend or Christmas Break, so whatever episodes that aired around those times.

So the people who speculated that it happened amidst Celebrity Whew! were correct.  Sadly, until Buzzr gets more fresh episodes, we won't see for awhile

As for your theory...well, I am sure you don't want the word referenced publicly.  I guess we could talk about it in PMs if you'd like. 

EDIT: Never mind, I was just told by someone in another forum.

EDIT x 2: And yikes.

EDIT x 3: Buzzr has shown episodes that once had badly-aging words, only they bleep them out.  What determines if they just mute, or cut the episode altogether?  Or were they tired of complaints about muting out words and decided to throw out the baby with the bathwater?
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Post by: Bryce L. on November 05, 2021, 11:15:45 PM
So the people who speculated that it happened amidst Celebrity Whew! were correct.
Not necessarily. The way I'd heard it, the Celebrity Whew format originally lasted three weeks, then there was a week of "normal" (no celeb) shows, then the stars became a permanent feature. For all we know, he could've come back during that final week of solo player shows.
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Post by: TimK2003 on November 06, 2021, 10:37:02 AM
When Stephen returned to pick up from.his 3rd Gauntlet run, he definitely did it solo -- no celeb tag team. 

I forgot Buzzr is going back to earlier episodes again, so it may be a while before we see a definitive answer.

I thought it was just me (playing at home, my best Gauntlet run was getting through 9 villans a couple of times), but I never remembered how hard it was to win the $25,000 at this point in the show.


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Post by: Offshored2007 on November 06, 2021, 11:08:22 AM
So the people who speculated that it happened amidst Celebrity Whew! were correct.
Not necessarily. The way I'd heard it, the Celebrity Whew format originally lasted three weeks, then there was a week of "normal" (no celeb) shows, then the stars became a permanent feature. For all we know, he could've come back during that final week of solo player shows.
The last two runs, I would have won the money. Whether my 18 year old version watching in college would have...
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Post by: gridlockjoe on November 06, 2021, 08:13:15 PM
When Stephen returned to pick up from.his 3rd Gauntlet run, he definitely did it solo -- no celeb tag team. 

Is it possible he returned during a celebrity week, but they let him run the gauntlet solo, because those were the rules when he was playing?
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Post by: gridlockjoe on November 08, 2021, 09:36:49 PM
Looks like Eddie Bruce (http://eddiebruce.com/) is still in the orchestra business.
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Post by: TimK2003 on November 08, 2021, 11:33:54 PM
I also noticed that within the last few episodes, they've killed off the sfx of the Charger "running" and opening/closing the door.
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Post by: Bryce L. on November 09, 2021, 04:44:06 PM
THE DROUGHT IS OVER!
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Post by: Ryanmo97 on November 09, 2021, 04:46:45 PM
THE DROUGHT IS OVER!
And it was very close too!
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Post by: JMFabiano on November 10, 2021, 07:24:19 AM
THE DROUGHT IS OVER!
And it was very close too!

So assuming this was one of the episodes around the Hugh one from Lost and Found, that means...two in a row?
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Post by: MikeK on November 10, 2021, 11:26:07 AM
So assuming this was one of the episodes around the Hugh one from Lost and Found, that means...two in a row?
Two straight shows, but 2 of 3 Gauntlets.  127 started with a Gauntlet loss.
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Post by: gridlockjoe on November 10, 2021, 09:42:18 PM
I want to know if Tom Kennedy’s matchmaking worked with Kathy and Richard.
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Post by: TLEberle on November 10, 2021, 09:50:47 PM
Maybe they wound up on Newlywed Game '97.
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Post by: MSTieScott on November 11, 2021, 04:43:11 PM
I want to know if Tom Kennedy’s matchmaking worked with Kathy and Richard.

That moment did get me to thinking. Has there been an instance where two people met because they were contestants on the same game show, hit it off, and eventually got married? Even if they weren't necessarily opponents but were simply in the contestant pool on the same taping day?

(This question excludes dating shows. Or maybe includes them; I don't know how successful those shows were in creating lasting relationships.)
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Post by: Bryce L. on November 11, 2021, 04:45:04 PM
I want to know if Tom Kennedy’s matchmaking worked with Kathy and Richard.

That moment did get me to thinking. Has there been an instance where two people met because they were contestants on the same game show, hit it off, and eventually got married? Even if they weren't necessarily opponents but were simply in the contestant pool on the same taping day?
Can't recall the source, but I've heard that two PYL contestants (not necessarily same show, but in the green room on the same taping day) hit it off, got hitched, and then (can't recall if it was the husband or wife) one of them was a contestant on Eubanks CS, with their spouse in the audience cheering them on. I believe their names were Perri and Mando.
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Post by: BrandonFG on November 11, 2021, 04:56:16 PM
The PYL episode guide (https://press-your-luck.fandom.com/wiki/Episode_Guide/1986). Apparently Mando appeared in early-86, while Perri appeared on CS.
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Post by: tyshaun1 on November 11, 2021, 05:16:16 PM
The PYL episode guide (https://press-your-luck.fandom.com/wiki/Episode_Guide/1986). Apparently Mando appeared in early-86, while Perri appeared on CS.
Perri was on PYL too, and both of them won a game within 2 shows of each other. Yes, Mando won over the contestant who defeated his soon to be wife, in fact. Talk about destiny...
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Post by: vtown7 on November 11, 2021, 09:48:00 PM
I want to know if Tom Kennedy’s matchmaking worked with Kathy and Richard.

That moment did get me to thinking. Has there been an instance where two people met because they were contestants on the same game show, hit it off, and eventually got married? Even if they weren't necessarily opponents but were simply in the contestant pool on the same taping day?

(This question excludes dating shows. Or maybe includes them; I don't know how successful those shows were in creating lasting relationships.)

I don't know exact numbers but there's been at least two or three marriages as a result of Jeopardy contestant pools.  Here's a story about one: https://www.insider.com/jeopardy-contestants-fell-in-love-married-2020-1 (https://www.insider.com/jeopardy-contestants-fell-in-love-married-2020-1)
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Post by: tvmitch on November 12, 2021, 09:57:55 AM
On Thursday's episode, it's the first time that I recall seeing a blocker take a vertical strategy and block the same dollar amount on all five levels. And he had success, too.

I think another blocking strategy that might have been successful would have been to alternate between $10 and $20 on each level, if you thought the contestant was going to go low.
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Post by: MikeK on November 12, 2021, 11:02:58 AM
On Thursday's episode, it's the first time that I recall seeing a blocker take a vertical strategy and block the same dollar amount on all five levels. And he had success, too.
On the very first round on the first episode, Julie Brown went straight up the $30s.
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Post by: gridlockjoe on November 12, 2021, 04:38:42 PM
Valarie Valois (https://open.spotify.com/artist/1vztYO4iGlQPvLZO17dI07) is still a concert pianist.
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Post by: clemon79 on November 12, 2021, 07:31:20 PM
I know there are ways to look these things up, but I also know people are tracking these things here, so: Catching up on my Whew! processing for the last couple weeks, minus missed episodes (damn power flashes)...can I get a little help confirming episode numbers? This is what I think is right:

Week of 11/1-11/5: 120, 121, 121, 122, 123
Week of 11/8-11/12: 124, 125, 126, 127, 128

Do I have it? I lost Tuesday's episode due to power flash so I'm recording that again Sunday and yesterday's was corrupted for some weird reason (dunno why, not fussed over it) but I can process the rest and catch up if this is right. Thanks!

(Based on earlier conversation, this may be wrong, so a little help here would be great.)
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Post by: snowpeck on November 12, 2021, 07:56:14 PM
I know there are ways to look these things up, but I also know people are tracking these things here, so: Catching up on my Whew! processing for the last couple weeks, minus missed episodes (damn power flashes)...can I get a little help confirming episode numbers?

Week of 11/1-11/5: 120, 121, 121, 123, 124 (122 skipped)
Week of 11/8-11/12: 125, 126, 128, 129, 130 (127 skipped, but aired previously)
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Post by: clemon79 on November 12, 2021, 08:04:54 PM
Okay, so that skipping did happen. That plus my still missing 126 explains why there was such a jarring jump between those two shows. Thanks very much!

(Hmm, when did they air 127? Was it during some other marathon?)
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Post by: Bryce L. on November 12, 2021, 08:07:36 PM
(Hmm, when did they air 127? Was it during some other marathon?)
During the Lost and Found.
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Post by: snowpeck on November 12, 2021, 08:07:56 PM
Okay, so that skipping did happen. That plus my still missing 126 explains why there was such a jarring jump between those two shows. Thanks very much!

(Hmm, when did they air 127? Was it during some other marathon?)
It was during Lost & Found right after the pilot.
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Post by: clemon79 on November 12, 2021, 08:27:53 PM
Ah, ok! Thanks much! :)
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Post by: Adam Nedeff on November 13, 2021, 03:29:57 AM
That moment did get me to thinking. Has there been an instance where two people met because they were contestants on the same game show, hit it off, and eventually got married? Even if they weren't necessarily opponents but were simply in the contestant pool on the same taping day?
This doesn't totally answer your question, but I recall an episode of Classic Concentration on Buzzr; the contestants' names were Ross and Leslie. Alex starts the show by explaining that they've both been in the contestant pool for the last three tapings, the staff picked up on the fact that they seemed to be really hitting it off during the previous tapings, and Alex just totally outed them and revealed that they were a couple by the time they finally got a chance to play against each other. Cute moment. I'd love to think things worked out for them.
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Post by: KrisW73 on November 16, 2021, 08:33:32 AM
Was Monday's episode the first time we saw the new Long Shot block with the yellow wording? Much easier to read
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Post by: Bryce L. on November 16, 2021, 09:00:40 AM
Was Monday's episode the first time we saw the new Long Shot block with the yellow wording? Much easier to read
Yes.
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Post by: KrisW73 on November 16, 2021, 04:57:50 PM
You can't hit three blocks and win...

Steve Leblang: "Hold my beer..."
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Post by: parliboy on November 17, 2021, 11:02:57 AM
You can't hit three blocks and win...

Steve Leblang: "Hold my beer..."


You can hit three blocks and win.  You cannot miss three questions and win.  Longer questions means greater time penalties. 
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Post by: KrisW73 on November 18, 2021, 08:52:35 AM
You can't hit three blocks and win...

Steve Leblang: "Hold my beer..."


You can hit three blocks and win.  You cannot miss three questions and win.  Longer questions means greater time penalties. 

Good point - I stand corrected
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Post by: TLEberle on November 18, 2021, 11:40:41 AM
You can hit three blocks and win.  You cannot miss three questions and win.  Longer questions means greater time penalties. 
Watching (well listening to) Whew! every day and here's my overview:

Whew is a game that punishes lapses in concentration, moreso than any game other than Concentration. If you reveal a block, use that time to get centered and be ready to come out with your next choice as soon as Tom says "Charge!" During the Gauntlet of Villains, treat each event as a chance to win another $100 and move a step forward. Too many players miss one and it throws them off their stroke and you get folks winning $400. For goodness sake, don't take five seconds of dead air so much so that Tom asks "Do you want to try another one on that level?"

Yes, the longshot tilts things in favor of the blocker. Yes, charging is an exercise in doublethink and randomness. It's still a game that when it plays well looks fantastic on TV, such as when the hyperkinetic Steven Leblang tore through the material.

That said I can see how it is not everybody's cup of tea.
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Post by: That Don Guy on November 18, 2021, 12:37:20 PM
Watching (well listening to) Whew! every day and here's my overview:

Whew is a game that punishes lapses in concentration, moreso than any game other than Concentration. If you reveal a block, use that time to get centered and be ready to come out with your next choice as soon as Tom says "Charge!" During the Gauntlet of Villains, treat each event as a chance to win another $100 and move a step forward. Too many players miss one and it throws them off their stroke and you get folks winning $400. For goodness sake, don't take five seconds of dead air so much so that Tom asks "Do you want to try another one on that level?"

To be fair, I'm pretty sure the contestant got confused because she gave what she thought was the right answer (I think the blooper was "Leaning {wrong word} Pisa" and she said "Tower" instead of "Tower of") and wondered why she was still on the same level.
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Post by: Nick on November 18, 2021, 05:01:52 PM
To be fair, I'm pretty sure the contestant got confused because she gave what she thought was the right answer (I think the blooper was "Leaning {wrong word} Pisa" and she said "Tower" instead of "Tower of") and wondered why she was still on the same level.

Yes, it was one of those cases where the blooper wasn't really well written.  They might as well have made "Tower of Pisa" the entire part replaced if they weren't going to do just "Tower".  I get they're not doing this to trip up contestants, but it kind of has that unintended effect.

I have also learned in watching this series the importance of your game show having a good timing director.  For a show that has been described around here in the past as being a "20-minute news gap filler" (and the pacing shows just how much window dressing has been put on, ultimately, a five-minute game), it disappoints me how in some shows Tom has to fill a minute(s) by getting down the list to questions such as, "How many grandchildren do you have?" and in others we're so short on time we get Rod saying, "This is Rod Roddy speaking. Whew! is a production of the Bud Austin Company. StaytunedforThePriceIsRightfollowingthenewsovermostoftheseCBS--".
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Post by: TimK2003 on November 18, 2021, 07:51:45 PM
Quote from: Nick link=topic=33309.msg393850#msg393850

I have also learned in watching this series the importance of your game show having a good timing director.  For a show that has been described around here in the past as being a "20-minute news gap filler" (and the pacing shows just how much window dressing has been put on, ultimately, a five-minute game), it disappoints me how in some shows Tom has to fill a minute(s) by getting down the list to questions such as, "How many grandchildren do you have?" and in others we're so short on time we get Rod saying, "This is Rod Roddy speaking. Whew! is a production of the Bud Austin Company. StaytunedforThePriceIsRightfollowingthenewsovermostoftheseCBS--".

There was one recent episode where Rod only had time to say "Whew...is a production of the Bud Austin Company"...no Stay tuned for....
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Post by: Nick on November 18, 2021, 08:59:34 PM
There was one recent episode where Rod only had time to say "Whew...is a production of the Bud Austin Company"...no Stay tuned for....

Yeah, it surprises me how alarmingly bad they were at timing out the show sometimes.

And really, when you think about it, compared to other game shows where you can be caught in a hard place of "do we have time to squeeze in another round?" instead of two minutes of banter before the credits (e.g., Password Plus, Card Sharks, Chain Reaction), Whew! should have been a cinch for timing.  It was a timed game and was always a combination of three front rounds and a bonus round or two front rounds and two bonus rounds.  If there's no longshot call, you know that means you've wrapped up about 30 seconds early.  Stick a couple of added pieces of banter in before the bonus walk, and you should be all timed up by the end of the show, even if you still defer to the long roll.

/An especially enjoyable long roll with cool wide-angle shots against a cool closing theme.
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Post by: MikeK on November 20, 2021, 10:37:45 PM
After the shows from the marathon in September air again ending on Thanksgiving Day, Friday jumps back to where the run started on Labor Day--show 78.  This means Randy's first show should rerun on the 10th of December, and his win should air on the 13th.  By weird coincidence, in between on the 12th is the 20th anniversary of his passing.  The 16th should be episode 92, a great episode which BUZZR mangled in its first airing.
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Post by: clemon79 on November 22, 2021, 03:19:14 PM
Here's an experiment that might be worth trying, that just occurred to me now as I'm processing these last few shows of this run...

So I think a lot of you know that since Comcast Seattle doesn't carry BUZZR natively, I'm recording these via some wizardry in NextPVR that basically lets me turn the streaming feed into Just Another Tunable Channel, and in order to integrate it into my guide I need to find a nice quiet channel number that Comcast isn't using (easy enough - can even be one I simply don't care about :D) and then a Pacific-time feed of guide data that I can point NextPVR to so it knows how to populate the guide listings.

With a Schedules Direct subscription, there are plenty of options for the latter, and right now I'm pulling from Charter Spectrum out of LA. Thing is, the data for individual shows isn't spectacular; for example, it's been numbering the Whew! run as S01E01...S01E61, and then when I process them I have to rename them with the proper episode numbers.

So my question is: do we have anyone here who gets BUZZR through their cable system (do the DirectTVs and DISHs even carry it? If so I suppose they would qualify too, I think I can access those data feeds as well) on the West Coast who is getting good guide data with correct season and episode information? I think I got it ONCE at some point in a recording so I think BUZZR does provide it to some carriers. If so, where are you and who's your carrier so I can try pulling from that one and see if it's a quality of data thing or a NextPVR parsing thing? Thanks!
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: That Don Guy on November 22, 2021, 03:32:32 PM
So my question is: do we have anyone here who gets BUZZR through their cable system (do the DirectTVs and DISHs even carry it? If so I suppose they would qualify too, I think I can access those data feeds as well) on the West Coast who is getting good guide data with correct season and episode information? I think I got it ONCE at some point in a recording so I think BUZZR does provide it to some carriers. If so, where are you and who's your carrier so I can try pulling from that one and see if it's a quality of data thing or a NextPVR parsing thing? Thanks!

I get it through Xfinity - it's not directly from BUZZR, but from the local Fox affiliate that broadcasts it. It's Comcast Vallejo, CA channel 169. Note that some guide data distinguish the episodes correctly, while others (e.g. TiVo) do not.
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: clemon79 on November 22, 2021, 03:40:59 PM
I get it through Xfinity - it's not directly from BUZZR, but from the local Fox affiliate that broadcasts it. It's Comcast Vallejo, CA channel 169. Note that some guide data distinguish the episodes correctly, while others (e.g. TiVo) do not.

And you have seen proper episode data from that? Plenty good enough for me; I'll give that a look. Thanks very much!

(KTVUDT4, yes? Comcast Benecia?)
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: Ian Wallis on November 22, 2021, 11:10:44 PM
After the shows from the marathon in September air again ending on Thanksgiving Day, Friday jumps back to where the run started on Labor Day--show 78.  This means Randy's first show should rerun on the 10th of December, and his win should air on the 13th.  By weird coincidence, in between on the 12th is the 20th anniversary of his passing.  The 16th should be episode 92, a great episode which BUZZR mangled in its first airing.

For those who keep track of these things, how many times does BUZZR usually repeat shows before they add new episodes to the rotation?  I'm guessing they'll likely run thru the entire 65 shows again - do you think we'll see new episodes after that or are they likely to repeat again before adding new ones?  Based on past history...just curious.
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: snowpeck on November 22, 2021, 11:15:04 PM
After the shows from the marathon in September air again ending on Thanksgiving Day, Friday jumps back to where the run started on Labor Day--show 78.  This means Randy's first show should rerun on the 10th of December, and his win should air on the 13th.  By weird coincidence, in between on the 12th is the 20th anniversary of his passing.  The 16th should be episode 92, a great episode which BUZZR mangled in its first airing.

For those who keep track of these things, how many times does BUZZR usually repeat shows before they add new episodes to the rotation?  I'm guessing they'll likely run thru the entire 65 shows again - do you think we'll see new episodes after that or are they likely to repeat again before adding new ones?  Based on past history...just curious.
My guess is they'll get through them a couple more times before getting new ones, but it's really anybody's guess. Some shows have gone a year or more without new episodes and then new ones pop up out of the blue. Other shows get new episodes regularly every few months.

I also have a slight hunch we might see a week of celebrity shows during this year's Betty White Christmas, but the schedule for that isn't out yet so I don't know for sure.
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: trainman on November 22, 2021, 11:50:07 PM
...(do the DirectTVs and DISHs even carry it? If so I suppose they would qualify too, I think I can access those data feeds as well)...

DirecTV doesn't carry it on the national satellite-delivered lineup, but I have their "Local Channel Connector" add-on that integrates OTA channels into the on-screen guide. Looks like their source has decent data for some Buzzr shows ("Super Password," for example, has celebrities and original air dates listed)... but "Whew!" is not one of those.
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: clemon79 on November 23, 2021, 12:00:50 PM
DirecTV doesn't carry it on the national satellite-delivered lineup, but I have their "Local Channel Connector" add-on that integrates OTA channels into the on-screen guide. Looks like their source has decent data for some Buzzr shows ("Super Password," for example, has celebrities and original air dates listed)... but "Whew!" is not one of those.

Ah, that might be why. I should grab a Super Password and see what NPVR does with that.
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: gridlockjoe on November 23, 2021, 12:47:39 PM
I also have a slight hunch we might see a week of celebrity shows during this year's Betty White Christmas, but the schedule for that isn't out yet so I don't know for sure.

Betty was on five episodes in total: 3 with Richard Kline (3/26/80-3/28/80) and 2 with John Saxon (5/29/80-5/30/80, end of the series).
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: MikeK on November 23, 2021, 01:22:06 PM
After the shows from the marathon in September air again ending on Thanksgiving Day, Friday jumps back to where the run started on Labor Day--show 78.  This means Randy's first show should rerun on the 10th of December, and his win should air on the 13th.  By weird coincidence, in between on the 12th is the 20th anniversary of his passing.  The 16th should be episode 92, a great episode which BUZZR mangled in its first airing.

For those who keep track of these things, how many times does BUZZR usually repeat shows before they add new episodes to the rotation?  I'm guessing they'll likely run thru the entire 65 shows again - do you think we'll see new episodes after that or are they likely to repeat again before adding new ones?  Based on past history...just curious.
Since it has been reported that Whew! has been a big hit for BUZZR, one would guess they'd want to get fresh shows out there ASAP.  ISTR Concentration's original batch of 30 shows was repeated once before fresher shows aired.

Celebrity Whew! as part of the Betty White Christmas would be a pleasant surprise...
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: Ian Wallis on November 23, 2021, 10:33:26 PM

Since it has been reported that Whew! has been a big hit for BUZZR, one would guess they'd want to get fresh shows out there ASAP.  ISTR Concentration's original batch of 30 shows was repeated once before fresher shows aired.

Celebrity Whew! as part of the Betty White Christmas would be a pleasant surprise...

I didn't hear that, but it's good to know Whew is doing well for them.  Are ratings for any BUZZR shows available online anywhere?
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: tyshaun1 on November 25, 2021, 09:06:39 AM
I didn't hear that, but it's good to know Whew is doing well for them.  Are ratings for any BUZZR shows available online anywhere?
Negative, but the streamers have generally reported that BUZZR is one of their most viewed channels.
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: gridlockjoe on December 05, 2021, 07:15:59 PM
According to TitanTV, Buzzr will be skipping episodes 93 (Sarah vs Allen) and 94 (Allen vs Sharon) this go-round. They go from 92 (Gwendolyn vs George 12/16) to 95 (Liz vs Larry 12/17).
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: MikeK on December 05, 2021, 07:39:32 PM
A reminder that 92 was one of the episodes where the commercial breaks were mistimed the first time it aired on BUZZR, for those people wanting (hopefully) a flawless version.  It's also a great episode.
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: JMFabiano on December 05, 2021, 10:16:33 PM
According to TitanTV, Buzzr will be skipping episodes 93 (Sarah vs Allen) and 94 (Allen vs Sharon) this go-round. They go from 92 (Gwendolyn vs George 12/16) to 95 (Liz vs Larry 12/17).

Now tries to think of any off color blooper they may have noticed...
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: gridlockjoe on December 08, 2021, 01:52:00 PM
According to TitanTV, Buzzr will be skipping episodes 93 (Sarah vs Allen) and 94 (Allen vs Sharon) this go-round. They go from 92 (Gwendolyn vs George 12/16) to 95 (Liz vs Larry 12/17).

The official schedule is out, now showing no skips, except for the previously-skipped 101, from today through the end of 2021.
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: gridlockjoe on December 29, 2021, 08:30:46 AM
For Betty White's birthday, January 17, we are getting two Celebrity Whew! episodes. Buzzr is labeling these as 224 and 225. However, by my reckoning, 224 and 225 feature Carolyn Jones and Michael Young from 3/19/80 and 3/20/80, the week before Betty and Richard Kline are on (3/26-3/28).

I expect my numbering will be off somewhere.

Also, the regularly scheduled episode, 115, will be skipped.
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: gamed121683 on December 29, 2021, 08:53:42 AM
For Betty White's birthday, January 17, we are getting two Celebrity Whew! episodes. Buzzr is labeling these as 224 and 225. However, by my reckoning, 224 and 225 feature Carolyn Jones and Michael Young from 3/19/80 and 3/20/80, the week before Betty and Richard Kline are on (3/26-3/28).

I expect my numbering will be off somewhere.

Also, the regularly scheduled episode, 115, will be skipped.

This would assume that the schedule for the entire Betty birthday weekend is now out. Assuming it is, where can one find it, episode notations and all?

Also has Episode #115 of Whew aired on Buzzr before?
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: gridlockjoe on December 29, 2021, 09:18:39 AM
This would assume that the schedule for the entire Betty birthday weekend is now out. Assuming it is, where can one find it, episode notations and all?

Also has Episode #115 of Whew aired on Buzzr before?

You can view the schedule at:

https://buzzrtv.com/schedule/schedule_by_date/22-01-17/America/New_York (https://buzzrtv.com/schedule/schedule_by_date/22-01-17/America/New_York)

substituting the date as appropriate. View the page source to see the notations including episode numbers.

Episode 115 did air the last run-through.
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: gridlockjoe on December 30, 2021, 11:15:44 AM
For Betty White's birthday, January 17, we are getting two Celebrity Whew! episodes. Buzzr is labeling these as 224 and 225. However, by my reckoning, 224 and 225 feature Carolyn Jones and Michael Young from 3/19/80 and 3/20/80, the week before Betty and Richard Kline are on (3/26-3/28).
I expect my numbering will be off somewhere.

My best guess is that the network swapped the Betty White/Richard Kline three-day run into the Wed 3/19-Fri 3/21 slot, and moved the Carolyn Jones/Michael Young five-day run into the full week from Mon 3/24-Fri 3/28, and that TV Guide didn't get the memo. Without a time machine or the adjoining episodes, we won't know for sure.
Title: Re: Close calls....narrow escapes.....
Post by: clemon79 on December 31, 2021, 02:17:36 PM
A reminder that 92 was one of the episodes where the commercial breaks were mistimed the first time it aired on BUZZR, for those people wanting (hopefully) a flawless version.  It's also a great episode.

Thanks very much for the tip on this - I was quite happy to get this one fixed. It really is a great representative episode to show people new to the show. :)