Friday, July 15, 2016

60 minutes

A thread on what's left of what used to be Matt Ottinger's board chews over hour-length game shows.

The oldies board being what it is, there's a heavy emphasis on the distant past. Say what you (or I) will about the board's obsession with by-gone days, they do come up with some interesting factoids.
LMAD and Hollywood Squares each experimented with an hour-long format for a week in 1975. LMAD was week of December 1 and Hollywood Squares was week of November 3, the same day TPIR went to an hour full time. Wheel also experimented with the hour-long format the week of November 3 and would go to 60 minutes full time on December 1. It reverted to half an hour on January 19, 1976.
So now you know about hour-length formats in the 1970s, in case you ever wondered. The thread eventually does get around to ABC's current Sunday night block of 60-minute shows. A poster points out that each show is really just two half-hour eps smushed together. It's like watching a double run of Celebrity Name Game or Jeopardy (to name a couple double-runs in my local DFW market).

A 60-minute format can feel overblown and slow, as sometimes happened with, say, Fox's Greed or GSN's Money List or TBS's recent Separation Anxiety. But to be Captain Obvious for a moment, a 30-minute format can dawdle, too, if the gameplay isn't well-designed.


  1. Not the real Scott Rahner on this Monday, July 11th post about comparing Match Game to the 1970's:

    Just take a look at the Blogger profile:

    The real Scott Rahner's Blogger profile (me) started well before 2016.

    A statement will be made about this at GameShowNetworkNews on Saturday morning. Also, check out this @greatgameshows Tweet:

  2. An hour long game show can be torture, like 5th Grader, when they play little of the game and squeeze in maybe 6 questions, and that phony drama leading to a commercial break.Deal or no Deal was as bad. It would still be on today if it had a faster pace.

    1. I agree. Sometimes a hour long game show can be aggravating if not done right. Like what you mentioned with Deal Or No Deal, the emotional drama was sometimes annoying. At times though, I like them opening the case after the commercials. It creates suspense. I liked the syndie version better because it was more fast paced.

      I honestly think 5th Grader would have worked better as a half hour show. Most of the time, they would get 2 to 3 questions in and boom a commercial. And then they waste time with the banter. I don't mind it, but get on with the game.

    2. There was a syndicated half hour 5th grader and DOND that bombed. I just don't think they were very good games IMO.