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Encyclopedia > Hot Potato (game show)

Hot Potato was a television game show broadcast on NBC in the United States from January 23, 1984, through June 29, 1984. A game show involves members of the public or celebrities, sometimes as part of a team, playing a game, perhaps involving answering quiz questions, for points or prizes. ... NBC, (Formerly an acronym for the National Broadcasting Company until 2004), is an American television and radio network based in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... January 23 is the 23rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... June 29 is the 180th day of the year (181st in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 185 days remaining. ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Bill Cullen was the show's main host and Charlie O'Donnell was its announcer. The series was produced by Barry & Enright Productions, its last network game show (and also Bill Cullen's final network game show). Bill Cullen, full name William Lawrence Cullen (February 18, 1920–July 7, 1990), was an American radio and television personality. ... Charlie ODonnell is a television announcer best known as the voice of the Wheel on Wheel of Fortune. ...

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The Main Game

During the main game, two teams of three players, each with something in common (occupation, mothers-to-be, etc.) compete. The host gives a question, with seven or more possible answers. One member of the champion team starts by either giving an answer or forcing an opponent to answer. If a correct answer is given, control passes to the next member of that team in line. Otherwise, that player is eliminated from the round (and sent to the bench behind them), and the other team takes control.


Challenge

Upon a challenge, if a wrong answer is given, that player is benched and the challenging team retains control. Otherwise, the player that made the challenge is knocked out, and the other team takes control.


Winning the Round/Game

Teams can win one of two ways: either by giving the seventh correct answer in the question, or by knocking out all three of their opponents. To win by the former method, it was not necessary to have given a majority of the correct answers; the team providing the seventh correct answer won regardless of who gave the first six. Two out of three rounds won the game, $1,000 and advanced to the bonus round. Partway through the run, a "Seven Straight Jackpot" (which starts at $500 and grew by that amount every game if not won) was offered to any team that could get seven correct answers in a row.


The Bonus Game

During the end game, the winning team was now given a subject of comparison follwed by the question (which weighs more, which group has more members), and shown two possible choices. The team debated for a while and then made their choice. If correct, they won $500 and continued. The team could stop at any time and take the money, and they could pass on one question if they wished. Missing one choice ended the round and lost all accumulated money therein; getting 5 correct answers won a jackpot that started at $5000 and went up $5000 each game until won (although new champions always started at $5000).


Celebrity Hot Potato

On April 23, 1984, the show became Celebrity Hot Potato; the third game show in five years to add Celebrity to its title. From that point until the show's cancellation, teams consisted of one contestant and two celebrity players. Each set of four celebrities appeared on the show for one week, and the team assignments of the celebrities were shuffled after each game in order to maintain variety (usually, one celebrity from each pair would remain on the champion's team, while the other switched places with one of the celebrities on the challenger's team). A few weeks were played where all three players on a team were celebrities (usually with some theme employed, such as comedians or stars of a particular TV series), with their winnings going to various charities. April 23 is the 113th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (114th in leap years). ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Allegorical personification of Charity as a mother with three infants by Anthony van Dyck Charity, meaning selfless giving, is one conventional English translation of the Greek term agapē. // Etymology In the 1400, charity meant the state of love or simple affection which one was in or out of regarding one...


12pm: The Death Time Slot

The show suffered from being in the noon eastern time slot, as many stations decided to broadcast local newscasts and preempted Hot Potato. (The next game show to air in that timeslot, Super Password, didn't have that problem, as it ran for 5 years even with preemptions for news (more than a few independent stations in those markets carried Super Password on their stations instead).) Although Password can be played without any equipment, commercial versions of the game have also been successful. ...


Episode Status

The series is completely intact, and it has reran on USA & GSN as well as CBN GSN logo (2004-present) The Game Show Network logo (1997-2004) The Game Show Network (now known as GSN - The Network for Games) is an American cable television and direct broadcast satellite channel dedicated to game shows and interactive television games. ... CBN may stand for: Cannabinol, a cannabinoid from Cannabis sativa (hemp). ...


External links

  • SuperShow 8000: Hot Potato
  • David's Game Show Galaxy
  • Adam Nedeff's Hot Potato Page @ Game Show Utopia
  • The Hot Potato Rule Page

 
 

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