Thursday, June 30, 2016
The latest missive concerns the 75th anniversary of the first game show ever on American commercial TV. It was a July 1, 1941 broadcast of Truth or Consequences on New York's WNBT. Wikipedia (usual caveats) says that it was a one-time event. The show then went on a long TV hiatus until 1950, when it returned for a multi-decade run on network television and syndication.
To celebrate this U.S. debut of our little genre, Buzzr is running an all-day marathon of black and white classics tomorrow. It's the usual trinity: What's My Line, I've Got a Secret and To Tell the Truth. Wouldn't you know, one of those shows is alive and (fairly) well on broadcast TV as I type. Anthony Anderson is conducting the TTTT panel of lie detectors on ABC.
There were also a couple of WML tapings recently with the Second City comedy troupe providing the panelists and host. Nothing seems to have come of this effort, but we can always hope.