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Encyclopedia > Match Game Hollywood Squares Hour
The Match Game-
Hollywood Squares
Hour

The "Match Game-Hollywood Squares Hour" logo
Genre Game Show
Created by Mark Goodson and Bill Todman
Merrill Heatter and Bob Quigley
Starring Gene Rayburn
(host of Match Game segment)
Jon Bauman
(host of Hollywood Squares segment)
Along with celebrity panelists
Narrated by Gene Wood
Johnny Olson (sub-announcer)
Bob Hilton (sub-announcer)
Rich Jeffries (sub-announcer)
Country of origin  United States
Production
Running time 60 Minutes
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
Original run October 31, 1983July 27, 1984
The "Match Game" part of the "MG-HS" logo in the intro, displayed on a then-state-of-the-art video wall.
The "Hollywood Squares" title in the intro.

The Match Game-Hollywood Squares Hour was a short-lived American television game show that combined two long-running NBC formats of the 1960s and 1970s — the former being Match Game and the latter being Hollywood Squares — into an hour-long format. “Quiz show” redirects here. ... Gene Rayburn (December 22, 1917 – November 29, 1999) was an Emmy-nominated American radio and television personality. ... The Match Game was an American television game show, most often hosted by Gene Rayburn. ... Jon Bowzer Bauman in 2000 Jon Bowzer Bauman (born September 14, 1947 in Brooklyn, New York) was a member of the band Sha Na Na and a one-time game show host. ... The Hollywood Squares title screen The Hollywood Squares was an American television comedy and game show in which two contestants play tic-tac-toe to win money and prizes. ... Gene Wood in an on-camera appearance as a Match Game panelist Gene Wood, full name Eugene Edward Wood (October 20, 1925 - May 21, 2004), was an American television personality. ... John Leonard Johnny Olson (May 22, 1910 – October 12, 1985) was an American radio personality and television announcer, most notable for announcing 32 game shows from Mark Goodson-Bill Todman productions, from the late 1950s through the mid 1980s. ... Bob Hilton with The Price Is Right announcer Rich Fields. ... Rich Jefferies is a former American television announcer, who carried out the announncing duties on the revival of Blockbusters in 1987 and also announced The Matchgame/Hollywood Squares Hour in 1983. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... is the 304th day of the year (305th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 208th day of the year (209th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1984 Gregorian calendar). ... “Quiz show” redirects here. ... The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) is an American television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... The Match Game was an American television game show, most often hosted by Gene Rayburn. ... The Hollywood Squares title screen The Hollywood Squares was an American television comedy and game show in which two contestants play tic-tac-toe to win money and prizes. ...

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Broadcast history

The Match Game-Hollywood Squares Hour ran from October 31, 1983, to July 27, 1984, on NBC. Gene Rayburn hosted the Match Game and Super Match segments, while Jon Bauman hosted the Hollywood Squares segment. Gene Wood was the show's regular announcer, while Johnny Olson and Rich Jeffries substituted. is the 304th day of the year (305th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 208th day of the year (209th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1984 Gregorian calendar). ... Gene Rayburn (December 22, 1917 – November 29, 1999) was an Emmy-nominated American radio and television personality. ... Jon Bowzer Bauman in 2000 Jon Bowzer Bauman (born September 14, 1947 in Brooklyn, New York) was a member of the band Sha Na Na and a one-time game show host. ... Gene Wood in an on-camera appearance as a Match Game panelist Gene Wood, full name Eugene Edward Wood (October 20, 1925 - May 21, 2004), was an American television personality. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Continuity announcer. ... John Leonard Johnny Olson (May 22, 1910 – October 12, 1985) was an American radio personality and television announcer, most notable for announcing 32 game shows from Mark Goodson-Bill Todman productions, from the late 1950s through the mid 1980s. ... Rich Jefferies is a former American television announcer, who carried out the announncing duties on the revival of Blockbusters in 1987 and also announced The Matchgame/Hollywood Squares Hour in 1983. ...


The show's only regular panelists were the co-hosts — Bauman sat on the panel during the Match Game and Super Match while Rayburn sat on the panel during the Hollywood Squares. Several guests on the show did have prior Match Game experience, including Charles Nelson Reilly, Fannie Flagg, McLean Stevenson, Fred Travalena, and even Bauman, who previously appeared on Match Game in his "Bowzer" persona. Of the former 1970s regulars of Match Game, Reilly appeared the most, guesting in 7 weeks worth of episodes, followed by Flagg with 4 weeks. Former panelist and current Family Feud host, Richard Dawson did not appear on the panel, due to his conflicting relationship with Rayburn in 1978, nor did Brett Somers, for reasons unknown. Charles Nelson Reilly (January 13, 1931–May 25, 2007) was an American actor, director and drama teacher known for his comedic roles in movies, childrens television, animated cartoons, and as a panelist on the game show Match Game. ... Fannie Flagg (born September 21, 1944 in Birmingham, Alabama) is an American author and actress. ... McLean Stevenson (November 14, 1927 – February 15, 1996) (full name Edgar McLean Stevenson, Jr. ... Fred Travalena is an impressionist. ... Family Feud is a television game show that pits two families against each other in a contest to name the most popular responses to a survey-type question posed of 100 people. ... Richard Dawson, a panelist on Match Game, seen here in 1977 during the infamous School Riot episode. ... Brett Somers (born Audrey Sommers on July 11, 1924) is an actress, singer, and comedienne. ...


Cast members of other NBC series often appeared on the show, as did stand-up comedians like Jay Leno and Arsenio Hall, as well as younger stars such as Mary Page Keller and John de Lancie. Game show hosts also appeared on the show, including Bill Cullen, future Card Sharks host Bob Eubanks, Pat Sajak, comedian and game show host Bill Rafferty, and Chuck Woolery, who promoted his show Scrabble around the time it premiered. The cast of Leave It to Beaver was reunited for one week at the end of 1983, while another week in May 1984, featured NBC soap opera stars. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... James Douglas Muir Jay Leno (born April 28, 1950) is an Emmy-winning American comedian who is best known as the current host of NBC televisions long-running variety and talk program The Tonight Show. ... Arsenio Hall at the 1989 Emmy Awards Arsenio Hall (February 12, 1955) is an American comedian, talk show host, and actor. ... Mary Page Keller (born March 3, 1961 in Monterey Park, California) is an American actress known for roles on both daytime and primetime television. ... For the oboist, see John de Lancie (oboist) John de Lancie (born March 20, 1948) is an American character actor. ... Game show host is a profession involving the hosting of gameshows. ... William Bill Lawrence Frances Cullen (February 18, 1920 – July 7, 1990), was an American radio and television personality. ... Card Sharks was an American television game show in which contestants guessed whether a playing card was higher or lower than the card that preceded it. ... Robert Leland Bob Eubanks (born January 8, 1938, Flint, Michigan, raised in California) is an American radio, game show host and television personality best known for hosting the game show The Newlywed Game on and off from 1966 to 2000, where he was known for using the catch-phrase, Makin... Patrick Leonard Sajdak, better known as Pat Sajak (born October 26, 1946), is best known as the host of the popular and long-running American television game show, Wheel of Fortune. ... Rafferty on an episode of Card Sharks Bill Rafferty (born June 7, 1944 in Queens, New York) is a comedian and impressionist who hosted the game shows Every Second Counts (1984, syndicated), Card Sharks (1986-87, syndication), and Blockbusters (1987, NBC). ... Charles Herbert Chuck Woolery (born on March 16, 1941) is a popular game show host, best known for hosting the dating game show Love Connection, from its debut in 1983 to the conclusion of its first version in 1994. ... Scrabble was an American television game show that was based on the Scrabble board game. ... For other uses, see Leave It to Beaver (disambiguation). ... For Philippine soap opera, see Teleserye. ...


The show was a joint production of Mark Goodson Productions and Orion Television, who owned the rights to Squares at the time. All episodes are assumed to be intact; however, reruns have never aired on any other network because of cross-ownership issues. Some sources report that Gene Rayburn himself also requested this show never air in reruns, due to his dissatisfaction with the finished product. These reports are mostly unsubstantiated; indeed, there is some confusion as to if this statement actually refers to a 1985 incarnation of Break the Bank which Rayburn hosted for 13 weeks (none of which has aired in reruns). However, in a 1996 interview ([1]), Gene Wood mentioned that Rayburn was "dragged kicking and screaming" into the host's position on the show. Competition from ABC's General Hospital and CBS's Guiding Light also affected the show's ratings. Mark Goodson (January 14, 1915 – December 18, 1992) was an accomplished American television producer who specialized in game shows. ... Orion Pictures Logo Orion Pictures Corporation was a United States movie production company, formed in 1978 as a joint venture between Warner Bros. ... Break the Bank is a title that has been used for three entirely separate American game shows throughout television history. ... The American Broadcasting Company ( oftenly known as ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... General Hospital (GH) is the longest-running daytime American soap opera broadcast on the American Broadcasting Company television network. ... CBS Broadcasting, Inc. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


The theme of the Match Game-Hollywood Squares Hour was composed by Edd Kalehoff for Score Productions. It can still be heard today as a prize cue on The Price Is Right, particularly for new cars, and was also used for similar purposes on the 1986-89 version of Card Sharks. The music played during the show's ticket plug has also appeared on The Price is Right, mainly for showcases and exercise equipment prizes. A revamp of the theme, "Lottery," was used on several Illinois game shows and can also be heard on The Price Is Right Live!. Edward Woodley Edd Kalehoff is a music composer who specializes in compositions for television. ... Score Productions is an American musical production company specializing in background music and themes for television programs. ... The Price Is Rights US 35th season logo. ... Card Sharks was an American television game show in which contestants guessed whether a playing card was higher or lower than the card that preceded it. ... Official language(s) English[1] Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Largest metro area Chicago Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 57,918 sq mi (149,998 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 390 miles (629 km)  - % water 4. ... The Price Is Right - LIVE is an American hotel and a casino show that allows thousands of Americans to Come On Down, play pricing games, and spin the Big Wheel for cash and prizes in a live stage version of TVs The Price Is Right. ...


Rules of the game

Match Game

The show began with two new contestants playing a round of Match Game, with a panel of five celebrities and Jon Bauman. The object was the same as the 1970s version: it was up to the contestant to match as many of the panel's responses to fill-in-the-blank questions. The rules were roughly the same as Match Game PM, with both contestants given three chances apiece to match each panelist once. The major difference was in the tiebreaker. Here, four possible answers to a Super Match-like statement (example: "_____, New Jersey") were secretly shown to the contestants (examples: "Atlantic City," "Hoboken," "Newark," "Trenton"). They each chose one by number. The host then polled the celebrities for verbal responses, just as on the PM tiebreaker. The contestant whose choice was matched first by a panelist won the game.

The "Match Game" segment of "The Match Game-Hollywood Squares Hour"

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Hollywood Squares

The winner of the Match Game segment of this show then advanced to face the returning champion in the Hollywood Squares segment. Three additional celebrities were brought onto the stage for this round, while Gene Rayburn assumed Jon Bauman's spot on the panel.


Although the tic tac toe format and the "agree/disagree" question concept of the original Squares were carried over to this version, there were several differences in gameplay. Here, the champion always played X and the Opponent O, regardless of the gender of the players; to date, this has been the only version of Squares not to use the traditional "Mr. X" or "M(r)s. Circle" distinction. Each individual square earned was worth $25, with $100 going to the winner of the first game, $200 for the second game, and so on. No "Secret Square" was played in this version. Additionally, most questions asked were of the true/false or multiple choice variety (this is generally believed to be the result of the show's writers not providing the same pre-show briefings to the celebrities as on other versions). Finally, on this incarnation of Squares, it was possible to win a game "by default"; that is, on an opponent's mistake, something not possible on any other version of the program. “Tic tac toe” redirects here. ... Look up X, x in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Look up O, o in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...



The contestants played as many games as time allowed. When time was called, the contestant in the lead won the game and the championship, and advanced to the "Super Match" endgame.


Super Match

The eventual winner of Squares played the Super Match, which was structured just like its classic form. Payoffs here were $1,000 for the most popular response in the Audience Match, with the second and third worth $500 and $250 respectively. A non-match was worth $100.


For the Head-to-Head Match, the player selected one of the nine celebrities (Jon Bauman, the five other panelists from Match Game, and the three that were added for Squares). Each celebrity concealed a different multiplier: four of them held a 10, four a 20, and one had a 30. The chosen panelist then revealed his/her multiplier, which was then combined with the Audience Match earnings to create the Head-to-Head jackpot. Under these rules, a Head-to-Head match could be worth as much as $30,000.


Champions could return up to five days or until they were defeated, with the biggest payouts being over $150,000.


Aftermath

When the show was cancelled, plans were immediately hatched to revive both franchises as stand-alone programs. MG-HS was the last time that Hollywood Squares would air on NBC (as well as any major network), but by 1986, a successful syndicated revival of Hollywood Squares would reach the airwaves, with John Davidson as host. This revival lasted three years. John Davidson in 1990 For other people of the same name, see John Davidson. ...


However, this was the last time Gene Rayburn would host any form of Match Game; yet it, too, was slated for a revival in 1985 with Rayburn as host. However, an Entertainment Tonight reporter released a report around this time of Rayburn's actual age, which was near 70. At this time, it was believed that Rayburn was too old for the job, and the plans were scrapped. Rayburn would only go on to host one more game show, Break the Bank, from which he was fired after 13 weeks, after which he went largely into retirement. Match Game would not return to the airwaves until a short-lived revival on ABC in 1990, with Ross Shafer as host. Break the Bank is a title that has been used for three entirely separate American game shows throughout television history. ... The American Broadcasting Company ( oftenly known as ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... Ross Shafer (born December 10, 1954 in McMinnville, Oregon, USA) is a comedian and television host turned motivational and customer service speaker/trainer, based in Carlsbad, California. ...


Episode status

All episodes of the Match Game-Hollywood Squares Hour are believed to be intact; however, aside from a few bootleg clips on YouTube, they have not seen the light of day since the original airing. The most frequently cited reason for this is the issue of rights. Match Game (a Goodson-Todman production, bought out by FremantleMedia in 1994) and Hollywood Squares (a Heatter-Quigley production, acquired by Orion Television in 1983 and until 1997) had different producers and each series's rights are held by a different company: Match Game is held by Fremantle, whereas Hollywood Squares is held by King World Productions. YouTube is a popular free video sharing website which lets users upload, view, and share video clips. ... Mark Goodson (January 14, 1915 – December 18, 1992) was an accomplished American television producer who specialized in game shows. ... Bill Todman (July 31, 1916-July 29, 1979) was an American television producer born in New York City. ... FremantleMedia (formerly All-American Television and Pearson Television) is a division of RTL Group which holds the rights to the Goodson/Todman game show library which includes such classic game shows as The Price is Right, Match Game, Ive Got a Secret, and Family Feud, as well as non... Heatter-Quigley Productions is an American television production company that was launched in 1960 by two former television writers, Merrill Heatter and Bob Quigley. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... King World Productions (aka King World Entertainment or simply King World) is the leading syndicator of United States television programming. ...


Another possible reason that the episodes have not been seen is a presumed veto by the late Gene Rayburn. Rayburn, according to Gene Wood, had to be dragged back to the Match Game portion of the show "kicking and screaming," and he reportedly had feuds with the production staff, specifically over Hollywood Squares host Jon Bauman. Rayburn was said to be disappointed with both MG/HS and another game show revival he hosted, Break the Bank, from which he was fired after 13 weeks. However, no proof has surfaced that Rayburn actually issued any sort of veto on either game show. Break the Bank is a title that has been used for three entirely separate American game shows throughout television history. ...


See also

The Match Game was an American television game show, most often hosted by Gene Rayburn. ... The Hollywood Squares title screen The Hollywood Squares was an American television comedy and game show in which two contestants play tic-tac-toe to win money and prizes. ...

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