The good, the bad and the game show player
Usually I put celeb obituaries in the faux tweets, unless the deceased is a major game show figure. But I happened to see the news ofEli Wallachs deathand decided to take lengthier notice.
Thats because I purely loved his antics inThe Good, The Bad and The Ugly. He played the final role with enough gusto for a dozen roustabout actors careers. And the horsefly which followed him around also turned in an Oscar-worthy performance.
Eli Wallachs IMDb page reveals that he appeared in a surprising number of game shows way back when.Password,Whats My Line,Stump the Stars,To Tell the Truth,Personality,Youre Putting Me On. YouTube offers theMarch 14, 1965 WML appearance- with co-stars Anne Jackson (his wife, of course) and Alan Arkin from a play calledLuv- which eventually results in Arlene Francis guessing the trio.
Maybe its just my imagination, but Dorothy Kilgallen looks a little at sea in the segment. She wouldnt live out the year, as WML fans know all too well. Mr. Wallach would survive her by almost a half-century, but time always wins.
Fan of game shows and veteran of the Internet wars about them
Faux tweets: 140 characters or less about game shows
Howie Mandelyuksit up about you-know-who on the old
. I remember saying, Shell be the future duchess.
A pop culture siteranksall the versions ofTo Tell the Truththrough the decades. Hint: an older-is-better type is doing the rankings.
auditionscontestants in Pensacola, FL. Youve got to get through lots of tests and interviews. Youve also got to be at least 18 years old.
Wheel of Fortunecomesto Foxwoods in Connecticut for contestant auditions. Marty Lublin runs the show, and plenty of wannabe winners show up.
host Michael Strahanchatsabout the format. This is a game you could just play day after day after day. Or year after year after year.
A site in Winston-Salem, NCdiscussesaJeopardyclue about their city. A contestant from Iowa had no idea. The guy from Toronto probably didnt know, either.
live showvisitsSpartanburg, SC. Theres a raffle for free tickets. Plus lots of rules.
A media punditadvisesadvertisers on the cancelledRoseanneabout which shows reach the same audience.Ellens Game of Games? Yep.
Steve Harveyreceivesthe benefit of a double standard on ESPN. Why is this any surprise? Hes got immunity on racial comments.
Walmartsellsketchup colored green in honor ofDouble Dare. No, not the Alex Trebek quizzer (see below). The slimy kids show.
? No, not the slimy kids show. The Alex Trebek quizzer. A criticpalaversabout the cerebral show and Alexs jet black mustache.
A writer for GSNsAmerican Bible Challengerecallsthe gigs requirements. He sounds a little cynical, but dont writers always sound like that?
The Price is Rightplays for aBRAND NEW CAR. We learn about wooing.
Celebrity Family Feudreturns and Steves mustache is a topic of conversation. Its an important subject.
Another day, another big deal onLets Make a Deal. She says hello to her dogs.
Jeopardyoffers more than anybody could want to know about Prince.
With100K Pyramidreturning on Sunday, lets look at a perfect round.
The good, the bad and the game show player
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Celebrity Family Feud (ABC)/100K Pyramid (ABC)/To Tell the Truth (ABC)/Jokers Wild (TBS) – June 10
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Beat Shazam (Fox)/Love Connection (Fox) – June 5
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Im going to take the Abell approach here…
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