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I'll second "The Girl in My Life."  Also, the promos for "That's My Line," hosted by Barker and done in 33, made it hard to believe it wouldn't be a game show.

But the one that stands out to me (although not quite on topic) was the old game show that turned out to be a new one.  When what was then CBN began airing "Jackpot!" in the afternoons, TV Guide used the same description used in 1974 when the show premiered (including the reference to $50,000), so I was elated that I'd finally get to see the show, as the Atlanta affiliate didn't carry the show back then.  Imagine my disappointment when that was not the case.
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The Big Board / Re: “Cool a new game show!” but it’s not a game show
« Last post by Clay Zambo on April 24, 2024, 10:12:31 PM »
In seventies daytime television, it seemed like there were either game shows or soap operas, so whenever a show like The Girl In My Life popped up that clearly wasn't going to be a soap opera, I would go in assuming it was going to be a game show, only to be disappointed.

And yet in the case of that particular show, they gave away prizes and had a really catchy Score Productions music package, so it's at least game-adjacent.

(I was disappointed, too--except for the music.)
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The Big Board / Re: “Cool a new game show!” but it’s not a game show
« Last post by BrandonFG on April 24, 2024, 08:48:37 PM »
Not exactly an example, but when reading TV Guide at 5 years old, for some reason it didn't gel with me that "To Be Announced" wasn't the name of an actual show. I was always left curious as to what a show named that would be like.
This actually happened to me as well…I might’ve been about 7.

I vaguely recall seeing that “That Girl” under the USA listing and thinking it was along the lines of what Matt described. Didn’t find out for a few years that it was Marlo Thomas’s sitcom.
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The Big Board / Re: “Cool a new game show!” but it’s not a game show
« Last post by SuperMatch93 on April 24, 2024, 08:15:59 PM »
Not exactly an example, but when reading TV Guide at 5 years old, for some reason it didn't gel with me that "To Be Announced" wasn't the name of an actual show. I was always left curious as to what a show named that would be like.
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The Big Board / Re: The "budget saver" episode
« Last post by TLEberle on April 24, 2024, 06:23:35 PM »
To Travis' point, I remember when VH1 made "Name That Video", offered a car as the grand prize, and then kept stacking videos of barely-hit songs from obscure bands like Wall of Voodoo and The Waitresses in order to make sure the car was practically never won.
And My Generation gave away a long weekend at the Las Vegas Hard Rock Hotel/Cafe for a comparatively walk-in-the-park seven of ten.

I think this illustrates my consternation with the "Things That Are Incapacitated" situation. Because mom was a teacher she had custody of my sister and me during summers. I had Match Game '90 on and we get to the Super Match. For $some amount, the contestant is given the lay-up of BART ___. Mom said "That's easy!" (no fan of The Simpsons, even she knew it was the hotness). The contestant did not and won her Audience money.

Instead of having BART ___ and ___ JONES, find some phrases that are fifty-fifty propositions and let the law of averages let everything come out in the wash. Yes, it's more work but it feels to me like a fairer exercise where somebody is told "No ten grand for you, Bunky," because he happened to be on a particular time in the budget window.
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The Big Board / Re: “Cool a new game show!” but it’s not a game show
« Last post by Matt Ottinger on April 24, 2024, 06:20:53 PM »
In seventies daytime television, it seemed like there were either game shows or soap operas, so whenever a show like The Girl In My Life popped up that clearly wasn't going to be a soap opera, I would go in assuming it was going to be a game show, only to be disappointed.
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The Big Board / Re: “Cool a new game show!” but it’s not a game show
« Last post by CeleTheRef on April 24, 2024, 05:58:40 PM »
I remember someone on this forum came here in Italy in the 90s and found a program titled "Pressing" on TV listings and believed it was Press Your Luck.  It was a soccer show (which is still on the air btw)
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The Big Board / Re: The "budget saver" episode
« Last post by Loogaroo on April 24, 2024, 05:08:01 PM »
To Travis' point, I remember when VH1 made "Name That Video", offered a car as the grand prize, and then kept stacking videos of barely-hit songs from obscure bands like Wall of Voodoo and The Waitresses in order to make sure the car was practically never won.
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The Big Board / Re: Alternate Daytime Emmys
« Last post by TLEberle on April 24, 2024, 04:48:27 PM »
Donny as host of Pyramid > John Davidson as host of Pyramid

Fight me
No fight required. That's a TKO victory.

/but keep fighting? What the hell does that mean? Keep fighting?
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The Big Board / Re: Alternate Daytime Emmys
« Last post by Kevin Prather on April 24, 2024, 04:13:59 PM »
Donny as host of Pyramid > John Davidson as host of Pyramid

Fight me

Well I mean...

Mark Odor as host of Pyramid > John Davidson as host of Pyramid.
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