Jeopardy!

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  1. AnthonyC

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    Never thought I'd see this on DVD...crossing my fingers for Press Your Luck.

    I'll be picking this up, as I've always been a fan and while it's not the most rewatchable show ever, I don't get to watch it too often, and aside from a few contestants (Ken Jennings, the blind guy), it's not like I remember any of the ones I saw.

    (As an aside, I noticed that the link now leads to this message:

    Don't know what it means, the link is still up on the Jeopardy site.)
     
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    I'm glad that finally game shows are going to be on dvd and I hope to see more in the future...
     
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    Jeopardy is BORING.

    The only game shows that would sell well on DVD (if they are ever released to video) are Match Game (the 1970s and 80s versions hosted by the late Gene Rayburn) and the Peter Marshall hosted versions -- NBC daytime, syndicated, and briefly NBC Primetime of The Hollywood Squares (1966 to 1982).

    These are shows that have great comedic value, and the celebrities are consistently funny (even if some of their lines and comments are written in advance)! [​IMG]

    If Match Game and Match Game PM are ever sold in multi-disc sets, I would buy them in a heartbeat! As for the game portion itself, the daytime version is best duplicated in sequential order since contestants that keep winning return in the next show. Also beginning in the fifth year -- April 1978, about a month or two before Richard Dawson left the show (after his first 2 years of hosting Family Feud), a major improvement to the Match Game format was the Star Wheel. It looked like a wheel of fortune, which contestants would spin to land on one of the 6 celebrities. That way they would no longer have the too-convenient advantage to get to choose a celebrity (which usually had been the bright Mr. Dawson).

    Both of these shows are still being rerun on The Game Show Network, which I don't get anymore.
     
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    Much as I like classic game shows (I tape a ton of old stuff from GSN), multi-disc sets of complete episodes are not likely to sell very well, if at all! The general public wouldn't be too interested in these once they knew the outcome of the games, and most of the people in the younger demographics probably wouldn't go for '70s game shows anyway.

    Complete episodes of game shows, talk shows, newscasts, baseball seasons, etc. just do not lend themselves well to the rewatchability factor.

    Maybe "special" releases (such as greatest moments, first and last episodes or otherwise "themed" single or double-disc releases) might work for some game shows, but "season sets" or multi-disc sets of sequential "episodes" would be a financial disaster, IMO. We're lucky that some of this stuff even gets rerun on TV!
     
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    You forgot one classic game show that has already had two different sets of complete episodes released:

    You Bet Your Life

    I'd love to see best-of compilations of the following game shows:

    The Price Is Right
    Truth Or Consequences
    The Hollywood Squares
    Match Game
    To Tell The Truth
    Name That Tune
    The Joker's Wild
    Tic-Tac-Dough
    The Gong Show
    The $1.98 Beauty Show
    Family Feud
    Twenty-One

    Anyone remember The New Treasure Hunt with Geoff Edwards?
     
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    I'd buy game shows from the 70s or earlier if they had the original commercials from their first showings left in. Game shows are fun in a retro sort of way- I'd like to see the older Jeopardy show but not the newer one with Alex Trebek and the blue background.
     
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    How about this game:

    On Wednesday, 5 December 1956, at 10:30 P.M., an estimated 50 million Americans tune in to Twenty One for what host and co-producer Jack Berry calls "the biggest game ever played in the program." A pair of twin blondes escort the pair to their isolation booths. The first category is boxing and Van Doren blows it. Ahead sixteen points to Van Doren's zero, Stempel is given the chance to stop the game. Only the audience knows he's in the lead and, if he stops the game, Van Doren loses. At this point, on live television, Stempel could have reneged on the deal, vanquished his opponent, and won an extra $32,000. But he opts to play by the script and continue the match. The next category--movies--proves more Van Doren friendly. Asked to name Brando's female co-star in On the Waterfront Van Doren teases briefly ("she was that lovely frail girl") before coming up with the correct answer (Eve Marie Sainte). Stempel again has the chance to ad-lib his own lines, but-- in an echo of another Brando role--it is not his night. Asked to name the 1955 Oscar Winner for Best Picture, he hesitates and answers On the Waterfront. Stempel later recalled how that choice was the unkindest cut. The correct answer--Marty--was not only a film he knew well but a character he identified with, the lonesome guy wondering what he was gonna do tonight.

    Taken from:http://www.museum.tv/archives/etv/Q/...uizshowsca.htm
     
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    I would like the entire series that led to this, on DVD.
     
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    I'd like to see a DVD with actual celebrity jeopardy mixed with the SNL Jeopardy skits...
     
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    Since I am slowly collecting complete SNL shows (those that NBC and Lorne Michaels are willing to air) from the 1970s, 80s, and at least the first half of the 90s, I noticed that the first time SNL ever parodied Jeopardy was also the first of 13 shows hosted by Steve Martin in October 1976. At a time when a mostly unknown Alex Trebek was emceeing major network game shows early in his career, and Art Fleming had already been hosting the real Jeopardy for 15 years, this sketch was set in the then distant future and called "Jeopardy 1999". Some of the cast -- including Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase, and Lairaine Newman answered questions with outrageously high Question dollar amounts in the $10,000 to $50,000 range!! Steve Martin was the host and all 4 of them wore white afro wigs and were dressed in 1960s-era Star Trek uniforms! [​IMG] While it was dated in many ways, including the look of set (including the Goodsen-Todman flower logo) and the goofy electronic music, this is classic proof that Saturday Night Live really meant something in those early years. They even got in a joke about what happened to Chevy after he quit Saturday Night Live (which he did a month after this show first aired).
     
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    Surely, you meant to say Art Fleming, not Dennis James...
     
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    Yes, as someone who has seen some old games from that era rerun in modern times....but not Jeopardy, I've never seen it. But from what I read about it, yes, I meant Art Fleming. [​IMG] I know Dennis James hosted some famous game from that time.
     
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    Well, he hosted the first several seasons of the syndicated night-time Price is Right (while Barker was busy hosting the syndicated Truth or Consequences).

    He also hosted the daytime NBC version of Name That Tune (which only lasted one season), while Tom Kennedy hosted the much-longer running nighttime version.
     

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