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The Big Board / Re: “Cool a new game show!” but it’s not a game show
« Last post by Mr. Matté on May 18, 2024, 11:35:03 AM »
And with that, TIL that the NYT owned TV stations, all in the South for some reason
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Off on a tangent, but this thread triggered a thought and a story that might be of interest.  The ending is the opposite of this thread's intent - but it was a game show!

Like a lot of us, I've always enjoyed thumbing through old TV listings.  I grew up in a small-medium sized area of the deep south that had a unique TV landscape because of geography. 

Anyway, digging through the listings of old newspapers and TV guides laying around my grandparents house circa mid-80s.  Come across a show on the CBS affiliate after the late news - Pitfall.  I'm thinking it has something to do with the Atari game I've been playing.  Imagining an Indiana Jones-esque action series with a guy in a brown overcoat and hat.  Think nothing of it.

Parallel - I vaguely remember a gameshow that has elevators.  No reason to remember this.  But it's a nagging memory.  Strike it up as confabulation. 

Fast forward a few years to early 90s, get CompuServe, find ATGS.  Discover there was a gameshow that has elevators.  It's named Pitfall.  Do a tape trade and bingo, I'm not crazy - this is exactly what my vague memory was.  But why on earth would I remember this?

Fast forward a few more years and I make the connection between the memory and the discovery as a kid and it makes me crazy.  I start digging online, and the timing was right - CBS affiliate aired Pitfall for about 6 months in the Spring/Summer of 1982 after the late news.  But there's no way a small-medium market in the deep south would air Pitfall after the late news, right?  That feels like alternate reality level insanity from a programming decision.

I've become good friends with a local meteorologist who started her career at the hometown CBS affiliate in the late 80s.  This thread reminded me of all of this and I mentioned it to her the other day.  She told me it was before her time, but she knew who to call.  A few days ago I get a call from the retired program engineer at the hometime CBS affiliate.  He confirmed they absolutely aired Pitfall the gameshow in 1982 for a brief period, and does not remember why they made that choice.  All he remembers is that the ABC affiliate was kicking everybody's butt in local news, and that it was probably something the New York Times (their owners) had negotiated with someone, and was probably a directive to fulfill a contract.  He was more shocked that anyone would remember something so vague and random, followed by 'glad to know there was at least 1 person watching, even if it was a kid'. 

So the sometimes the cool thing is - it was a game show!
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The Big Board / Re: CNN Greenlights US Version Of "Have I Got News For You"
« Last post by rwalker on May 17, 2024, 10:09:42 PM »
Anderson Cooper maybe?

He did well with Quiz Show in 2015. Should have made a, civilian version. But it was basically trivia with two teams of CNN anchors
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The Big Board / Re: “Cool a new game show!” but it’s not a game show
« Last post by steveleb on May 17, 2024, 10:02:08 PM »
Before I realized that the show I was taking a meeting on to buy 65 episodes of was a hit international soap opera, I thought NEIGHBOURS was a foreign version of the forgettable Regis Philbin game show. Worse yet, the actual episodes from ABC
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Game Show Channels & Networks / Re: Buzzr Q2 2024
« Last post by rwalker on May 17, 2024, 09:54:49 PM »
I would understand were they Body Language and Double Dare or Treasure Hunt and The $20,000 Pyramid but honestly, that's a little excessive and over the top. Brandon is right. Ever since Fremantle started monetizing videos I imagine they've shown more leeway but I do know one channel got absolutely potatoed this week.

Has nothing to do with GT. He took the Sony gamble and lost. That's my final answer

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Game Show Channels & Networks / Re: Buzzr Q2 2024
« Last post by TLEberle on May 17, 2024, 09:24:51 PM »
I would understand were they Body Language and Double Dare or Treasure Hunt and The $20,000 Pyramid but honestly, that's a little excessive and over the top. Brandon is right. Ever since Fremantle started monetizing videos I imagine they've shown more leeway but I do know one channel got absolutely potatoed this week.
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Game Show Channels & Networks / Re: Buzzr Q2 2024
« Last post by BrandonFG on May 17, 2024, 08:56:37 PM »
Fair enough. Point taken.
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Game Show Channels & Networks / Re: Buzzr Q2 2024
« Last post by MSTieScott on May 17, 2024, 08:54:53 PM »
Outrage is an extreme reaction, but it's all a matter of perspective. I just now double-checked that Super Password would be completely off the schedule by the end of the month -- for a while a year or so ago, it felt like every time I turned on Buzzr, I'd see an episode of Super Password. So that show I personally won't miss.

Recently, Buzzr had been quietly airing "new" episodes of Press Your Luck on the weekends, which I had been enjoying. I didn't have GSN during its run there, so I haven't seen these later episodes since the USA Network days. I like seeing them intact and crystal clear, and I have no real interest in scouring YouTube for the VHS transfers and GSN'ed videos that have been uploaded.

I'm a little bummed that the show is taking a break, but this isn't the first time Buzzr has taken Press Your Luck off the schedule entirely, and I hope it'll be back soon enough.
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Game Show Channels & Networks / Re: Buzzr Q2 2024
« Last post by BrandonFG on May 17, 2024, 08:23:21 PM »
Why the outrage? It's two shows that have aired more than enough times over the years, and have plenty of episodes on Youtube. I think it's okay to give them a bit of a break.

With all the reruns, I'd argue PYL could use an even longer break given it never really left the air since 1986.

/Minus a few years in the late-90s
//Just in case anyone decides to "Well Actually" me
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Game Show Channels & Networks / Re: Buzzr Q2 2024
« Last post by Winkfan on May 17, 2024, 07:22:30 PM »
To make room, Buzzr is dropping PYL, Super Password, Temptation, and 1 hour of Classic Concentration. Split Second and Let's Make a Deal run one hour earlier and $ale of the Century takes the 2pm slot before Price. They all run 7 days a week going forward.

On the first two, I say BOOOOO!!!!!

Cordially,
Tammy
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