Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Murray was probably no more or less creepy than any other TV denizen, but I couldn't help my childhood impressions. The 1950s Treasure Hunt has long since vanished almost entirely. Wikipedia says only two episodes remain. One of them lives on YouTube, if you want a glimpse of 1950s kitsch complete with incredibly cheesy music. A contestant on the episode brings along her pet monkey. Maybe the simian had something to do with the ep's survival.
Chuck Barris revived the show in the 1970s because the king of kitsch couldn't resist. Now it looks like another version may be coming. Barry Poznick, fresh from his rewind of To Tell the Truth for ABC, is partnering with Wink Martindale (who else?) and John Ricci on a remake.
It sounds like they want to keep the basic premise intact but inject plenty of "comedic distractions." Like a pet monkey or three? We'll see if an actual show ever materializes from the effort.