Thursday, August 10, 2017

Documentaries

Yesterday I wrote about a Game Show Paradise thread with an odd comment on game show rigging in the 1980s (which almost certainly didn't happen).

The actual subject of the thread was game show documentaries. This led to the somewhat fictional Quiz Show, and that led to the rigging discussion. Anyway, my personal pair of favorite documentaries on our little genre happen to be available on YouTube.

The first is the E True Hollywood Story episode about Family Feud. While no doubt overwrought at times, the episode is a delicious detailing of the adventures and misadventures of Feud's first three hosts: Richard Dawson, Ray Combs (see screenshot) and Louie Anderson. We get to hear all sorts of dirt and dish on the show, not to mention Louie's famous prediction that Feud would meet an early demise after his dismissal (wrong!)

The only problem with the 2002 show is that it stops short. What would they have made of the subsequent years with Richard Karn, John O'Hurley and, above all, Steve Harvey? Steve's tenure would have given them some pretty good material, I think.

A related documentary is GSN's Behind the Blank about the 1973-82 Match Game. Richard Dawson cuts a major figure in this show, too...as the bad guy. GSN portrays him as the ultimate prima donna who got to be unbearable to everybody else on Match Game. "Sexy as a snail" is how Brett Somers dismisses him.

This may be a bit unfair, but there's no doubt that Richard was visibly bored with Match Game in his last few years on the show. So far Alec Baldwin is still looking interested in the latest MG version on ABC. He gets paid well enough, no doubt.

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  1. FOX has renewed Love Connection for another season. Andy Cohen will return. There's more matchmaking to come soon.

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  2. GSN did a number of documentaries in 2006. To name a few, "Game Show Hall of Fame: Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" (or something like that), "Celebrities and Game Shows" (I believe was one), They did one about women in game shows.

    Feels like I'm missing one or two, but those came about the same time as "Behind the Blank".

    I really never noticed that Richard looked bored or anything. Maybe I'm just blind or something I know that lots of people say he was and how difficult he was. Not to sound "biased" or anything but I kind of feel it's too bad. He was one of the best game show hosts, in my opinion. Great panelist as far as his answers were and his charm.

    But I didn't work with him. Of course Richard was pretty busy later in his Match Game career with Family Feud going on. Possible he was in a rut with MG, but I'd be speculating.

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  3. I've been watching plenty of MG '77 and '78 eps on GSN and Buzzr lately. Richard looked as sour and bored as can be. Things got even worse when the Star Wheel showed up.

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    1. I'll have to pay closer attention then. I did notice as his days were numbering on Match Game PN I believe it was, he looked pretty sour.

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  4. Imagine if E! did a sequel to that Family Feud documentary--they'd talk about Richard Karn being let go in 2006 (and he outlasted Louie), John O'Hurley's departure from the show in 2010 to go back to stage and that dreaded return of the Bullseye round, to the resurgence back to #1 with Steve Harvey (albeit with multiple runs)..

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    1. I think E! could do a lot with Harvey's tenure. And with the controversies Harvey has had during his run, it would make for a juicy watch.

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  5. Rayburn was hurt by Dawson's baby fit on the show in 1978. He refused to be a part of any of the Family Feud Game Show Host shows that Dawson had on a couple of occasions.

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