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Unformatted text preview: Rebirth of TV game shows
following the Quiz Show
Brief History of the Quiz Show Scandal
Shows that emerged after
Winnings limits and network winning caps
The Price is Right
Game show celebrities
Modern day controversies Brief History
At the peak of the quiz show craze there
were 22 shows
“Big money” quiz shows were the most
popular because they created the most
Top prize was upwards of $64,000, a
steep climb from $64 for radios quiz
programs Quiz Show Scandal
“Dotto” was the first show to get caught
– Bitter former contestants were to ones to call
out the winning contestants
out Other shows effected were “The $64,000
Question” and “Twenty-One”
Changed relationships between
networks and sponsors
Congress passed a law prohibiting the
fixing of quiz shows
fixing Interesting Facts
After the scandal, quiz shows were called
game shows instead
A one hour documentary was aired on
PBS called “The Quiz Show Scandal”
The producers of “Twenty-One” suffered
the most from this scandal
The Newlywed Game
– Sixty percent of the couples that appeared on
"The Newlywed Game" were later divorced.
"The Shows That Emerged After
“Jackpot Bowling” a big money jackpot
remained on air on NBC from 1959-1961
“100 Grand” was the first big money show
to emerge after
– ABC premiered it in 1963
– It went off the air in 3 weeks Shows That Emerged After
CBS aired “The $10,000 Pyramid” and “Match
Game 73” in 1973
“Name That Tune” premiered in 1976 and the
top prize was $100,000
“The $128,000 Question” premiered in 1976 as
In 1986 “The $1,000,000 Chance of a Lifetime”
premiered and featured a top prize bigger than
any other quiz show
ABC was the first network to follow with a million
dollar prize when they aired “Who Wants to be a
Millionaire” in 1999
Millionaire” Winnings Limits
1972: Contestants who won a total of $25,000
had to retire from the show and they couldn’t
keep any winnings over $25,000.
1978: Contestants still had to retire after winning
$25,000, but were allowed to keep up to $35,000
of their winnings.
1984: Contestants could keep up to $75,000.
1986: Contestants retired after winning $75,000,
but kept a maximum of $100,000.
Early 1990s: The limit for daytime winnings was
raised $125,000. Networks and Winnings Caps
During the 1970s ABC imposed a $30,000
winning limit but that was lifted in 1984
The Price is Right imposed a daytime limit
of $125,000 but that was removed
Wheel of Fortune imposed a $200,000
limit but that was lifted in 2008
limit The Price is Right
The Price is Right began on November 26, 1956
on NBC with host Bill Cullen
Though this format has changed from 1956 the
game has always been about pricing merchandise
items, and being the closest one to the
manufacturer's suggested retail price of the item
without going over
The Price is Right moved to ABC from NBC in
September 1963. With this move, they introduced
a weekly celebrity guest, who played for home
viewers or members of the studio audience.
On September 3, 1965, The Price is Right went off
the air, being replaced by a talk show called The
The Price is Right made a successful return to
television on CBS on September 4, 1972.
television The Price is Right (cont.)
This 1972 This version was completely overhauled, but the emphasis still
remained on pricing merchandise items. Bob Barker hosted the show, and
Johnny Olson was the announcer (Rod Roddy replaced Johnny Olson after
Olson’s death). After Barker’s retirement in 2007, the show is now hosted by
comedian Drew Carey
How it works: Four selected contestants bid first bid on one item, whoever is
closed to the price without going over then participates in pricing games.
Popular pricing games include Plinko, Freeze Frame, Hole in One, and One
Away Six winners of the first “One Bid” elimination then participate in the
Showcase Showdown where two contestants (who spin a wheel and try to
get closest to $1) are then chosen to bid on a Showcase (a grand prize
featuring luxurious trip, cars, and other high priced items) The Price is Right (cont.)
- As of November 2009, the show had given away approximately
$250,000,000 in cash and prizes
- To help display its many prizes, the show has featured several models
who were known, during Barker's time on the show, as "Barker's Beauties”
- Critics have said The Price is Right created "a noisy, carnival atmosphere
that challenged cultural norms and assumptions represented in previous
generations of quiz shows.” Olaf Hoerschelmann.
- The Showcases offered have values worth normally between $12,000 and
Created by Merv Griffin in 1964
Hosted by Alex Trebek since 1984
Trivia in topics such as history, literature, the arts, pop culture,
science and sports.
Has a unique answer-and-question format in which contestants are
presented with clues in the form of answers, and must phrase their
responses in question form
Gimmicks such as “Daily Doubles” on the board keep the show
Specializes its market by hosting “Tournaments of Champions,”
Kids Week, College Tournaments, and Celebrity Jeopady!
Jeopady! Who Wants to be a Millionaire
Originates from a United Kingdom
game show of the same name
Aired on ABC from 1999 to 2002
Hosted by Regis Philbin but, now in
syndication, is hosted by Meredith
Offers a maximum prize of
$1,000,000 for correctly answering 15
successive multiple-choice questions
of increasing difficulty
Extremely popular during its time
Reminiscent of former quiz shows like
“The $64,000 Question” in which
there is trivia along with building prize
amounts Cash Cab
Demonstrates the evolution of
Demonstrates game shows having previously
only been in studios- this adds an
element of reality to game shows
Originated in the UK
•Canada, Australia, and the U. S.
have own versions
have Ben Bailey
Ben •U.S. Host since 1st season
•Licensed cab driver "There are 13,000 cabs in
New York City, but there's
only one that pays you! Contestants
•Rumors Taxi Van •Assistant in front passenger seat •http://
www.youtube.com/watch?v Game Show Celebrities
•1984, Press Your Luck
in cash and prizes
in Ken Jennings
One of Five game boards on
Press Your Luck. •74 Consecutive
Jeopardy! wins, 2004.
$2,520,700. Recent Scandals
The Price is Right
• 1992, 3 Strikes to win
Porsche • Terry Leece, Double
Who Wants to Be a
• Charles Ingram Nothing But the Truth
• Rosa Maria Solano Bibliography
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