Friday, February 24, 2017

Go ape

Say what I will about Game Show Forum, sometimes the oldies board to end all oldies boards does come up with a gem about a long-lost game show.

Or how about a show that was never found to begin with, so it really can't be lost? I'm talking about What Have You Got To Lose. If you don't recognize the title, don't feel bad. Hardly anybody else knows anything about the show. But Burt Ward of long-ago Batman fame can tell you all about it.

Back in the 1980s the erstwhile Robin was scrounging around for something to do. So he got a company looking for a tax write-off to finance a game show, the above mentioned WHYGTL. (How do you like them initials?) The show would have featured Adam West as the host and an orangutan as the house expert. And I mean a real orangutan, the one who "played" opposite Clint Eastwood in Any Which Way You Can. You can learn the primate-ish gameplay details from the linked story.

Burt insists the show was a genuine effort that they tried to syndicate. Things didn't work out, but the concept sounds like a hoot. Bananas, anyone?

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