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JacksonBrowne1980

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« on: April 12, 2004, 05:26:40 PM »
anyone remember an 80's game show called "$1,000,000 chance of a lifetime" it was just like wheel of fortune based on te 1979 game show pilot the letter machine; who hosted the letter machine and how as the gameplay? i think $1M COAL deserved a longer run.
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« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2004, 05:55:18 PM »
[quote name=\'JacksonBrowne1980\' date=\'Apr 12 2004, 04:26 PM\'] anyone remember an 80's game show called "$1,000,000 chance of a lifetime" it was just like wheel of fortune based on te 1979 game show pilot the letter machine; who hosted the letter machine and how as the gameplay? i think $1M COAL deserved a longer run. [/quote]
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« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2004, 06:10:32 PM »
Not to throw this topic completely off-track, but what was the show "The Letter Machine" about, and who was the host/packager/announcer?

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« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2004, 02:17:59 PM »
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Not to throw this topic completely off-track, but what was the show "The Letter Machine" about, and who was the host/packager/announcer?

As Erik mentioned, it was an unsold 1979 pilot that used a similar format...nothing else is known, unless someone else can throw some light on the subject.

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« Reply #4 on: April 13, 2004, 03:43:34 PM »
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Not to throw this topic completely off-track, but what was the show "The Letter Machine" about, and who was the host/packager/announcer?

As Erik mentioned, it was an unsold 1979 pilot that used a similar format...nothing else is known, unless someone else can throw some light on the subject.

Chuck Donegan (The Illustrious "Chuckie Baby") [/quote]
 I can't see a game show with "The Letter Machine" as the title becoming a hit..Reminds of me of something you'd see on a kid's show, maybe like "The Letter People"..

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« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2004, 03:46:24 PM »
[quote name=\'aaron sica\' date=\'Apr 13 2004, 02:43 PM\']I can't see a game show with "The Letter Machine" as the title becoming a hit..Reminds of me of something you'd see on a kid's show, maybe like "The Letter People"..[/quote]
Yeah.  Now, if they'd called it The Magnificent Letter Machine, it would have succeeded.  Or maybe not.

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« Reply #6 on: April 13, 2004, 06:16:46 PM »
[quote name=\'aaron sica\' date=\'Apr 13 2004, 02:43 PM\']I can't see a game show with "The Letter Machine" as the title becoming a hit..Reminds of me of something you'd see on a kid's show, maybe like "The Letter People"..[/quote]
Then, if nothing else, there would be people around here getting excited every time "Songs of the Letter Machine" shows up on Ebay...

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« Reply #7 on: April 14, 2004, 10:55:33 AM »
I have the home version which I played seemingly endlessly when it first came out.  I haven't played it in years and years, but I really did enjoy the show!

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« Reply #8 on: April 16, 2004, 11:07:21 AM »
Did the Lorimar-Telepictures logo appear at the end of $1M COAL?

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« Reply #9 on: April 16, 2004, 11:20:45 AM »
[quote name=\'Jamey Greek\' date=\'Apr 16 2004, 10:07 AM\']Did the Lorimar-Telepictures logo appear at the end of $1M COAL?[/quote]
Hell, yes.

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« Reply #10 on: April 16, 2004, 11:33:59 AM »
[quote name=\'Jamey Greek\' date=\'Apr 16 2004, 10:07 AM\'] Did the Lorimar-Telepictures logo appear at the end of $1M COAL? [/quote]
 It was just Lorimar's logo early in the run. The Lorimar-Telepictures wedding happened sometime in 1986, and they were very happy for a few years.

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« Reply #11 on: April 16, 2004, 01:00:19 PM »
[quote name=\'uncamark\' date=\'Apr 16 2004, 10:20 AM\'] [quote name=\'Jamey Greek\' date=\'Apr 16 2004, 10:07 AM\']Did the Lorimar-Telepictures logo appear at the end of $1M COAL?[/quote]
Hell, yes. [/quote]
 I can vouch for that as well...used to frighten the hell out of me as a child.

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« Reply #12 on: April 16, 2004, 06:31:05 PM »
I darn well remember watching that show! I mostly recall watching the season where two new cars were given away. I remember the first season airing at 7:30 p.m, and the second season at 8:30 p.m. on WWOR channel 9.

I also had the home game which had Jim Lange's picture on the cover. The contents were different from the ones pictured on the back. Mine had a clear plastic board with cardboard tiles.

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« Reply #13 on: April 17, 2004, 04:20:28 AM »
[quote name=\'TPIRkid79\' date=\'Apr 16 2004, 05:31 PM\'] I darn well remember watching that show! I mostly recall watching the season where two new cars were given away. I remember the first season airing at 7:30 p.m, and the second season at 8:30 p.m. on WWOR channel 9.

I also had the home game which had Jim Lange's picture on the cover. The contents were different from the ones pictured on the back. Mine had a clear plastic board with cardboard tiles. [/quote]
Me too!  Mine is at my mom's house collecting dust somewhere in a window cabinet in the dining room.

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« Reply #14 on: April 18, 2004, 12:00:50 AM »
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I darn well remember watching that show! I mostly recall watching the season where two new cars were given away. I remember the first season airing at 7:30 p.m, and the second season at 8:30 p.m. on WWOR channel 9.

Yeah, the 8:30 slot was occupied in the 85-86 season by Best of (Dawson) FF reruns...when WWOR got Entertainment Tonight for a season following flagship station WABC (Ch. 7) temporarily dumping it for Davidson HS, Ch. 9 put ET in the customary 7:30 PM slot and moved $1M CoaL to 8:30.

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