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JMFabiano

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40 years ago today: NBC Game Show Death Day
« on: June 20, 2020, 10:23:31 AM »
We all know the story.  Three game shows were canceled to make way for the David Letterman show: the Daytime version of Hollywood Squares, (The New) High Rollers and Chain Reaction. 

(I want to say around this time was when NBC flirted with cancelling Wheel too?  Sooner?  Later?) 
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Bryce L.

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Re: 40 years ago today: NBC Game Show Death Day
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2020, 10:48:08 AM »
(I want to say around this time was when NBC flirted with cancelling Wheel too?  Sooner?  Later?)
Wheel was originally the third show, but got a reprieve in favor of giving Chain Reaction the ax.

whewfan

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Re: 40 years ago today: NBC Game Show Death Day
« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2020, 03:09:30 PM »
And then Letterman would later be replaced by game shows... Las Vegas Gambit and Blockbusters. On Letterman's final show, there was a musical number about them being replaced by Las Vegas Gambit, with a "living deck" of cards. (Originally in the bonus game, members of the audience wearing cards like sandwich boards were in the audience, with the same premise of getting 21 without going over. This was likely the pilot only and the idea was scrapped when it became a series)

Let's say that Wheel DID get the axe... do you think Merv would've tried to syndicate the show with Chuck hosting? Chain Reaction, honestly, while an entertaining enough game to watch, doesn't quite have the same appeal as Wheel does, so I think Chain Reaction would've been cancelled maybe a year or so later.

BrandonFG

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Re: 40 years ago today: NBC Game Show Death Day
« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2020, 04:39:59 PM »
I believe Merv tried to do a weekly syndicated version right around 1980. But the genre went into a bit of a downturn between 1980-82, and considering none of the syndicated shows that premiered during that time made it past two seasons, I don’t think nighttime “Wheel” becomes the sensation it did in ‘83.
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