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The 60 Greatest Game Shows of All Time

Alex Trebek

Long before Jeff Probst snuffed out his first torch on Survivor, the viewing tribe had spoken: We love watching the game shows people play. This is the original reality TV — average Joes and Janes trying to outwit, outplay and outlast their competitors. So, excluding the bug-eating mutations of the post-Richard Hatch era, here are the top 60 shows that truly got game... read more

Keck's Exclusives: Game Show Network Airs Never-Before-Seen Match Game Classics

Match Game

What will I be doing on Christmas Day while many of you are unwrapping gifts and getting tanked on eggnog? I'll be getting tanked on my present from GSN — an all-day marathon devoted to my favorite game show of all-time, Match Game.

What makes this marathon extra special is that it includes a few never-before-aired episodes (including the original pilot), as well as other installments featuring such late Hollywood greats as Jayne Mansfield, Michael Landon, Nancy Kulp, Nell Carter, McLean Stevenson and Eva Gabor. 

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Former Family Feud Host Richard Dawson Dies at 79

Richard Dawson

Richard Dawson, the British entertainer best known as the original host of Family Feud, has died, The Associated Press reports. He was 79.

Dawson died Saturday from complications related to... read more

New Match Game Panel Is So Funny (How Funny Is It?!)

Sarah Silverman by Kevin Parry/WireImage.com

You all know how obsessed I am with the Match Game remake, right? Way back in January I was already asking for your suggestions for the inaugural panelists. Well, they've been announced, and in a way, they're as good as — if not better than — the ones I/we came up with. The initial sextet will comprise edgy Saturday Night Live veterans Sarah Silverman and Norm MacDonald, former Kid in the Hall Scott Thompson, Reno 911's Niecy Nash, Super Dave Osborne (aka Bob Einstein) and the lovely Rashida Jones, formerly of NBC's The Office. MadTV alum Andrew Daly will serve as the new show's Gene Rayburn.What do you think? Will this funny fraternity fill your blanks?— Mickey O'Connor read more

SNL Brings Back the Match Game

The SNL writers really nailed it last week with this sketch. Fans absolutely loved the skit that spoofed the '70s game show, the Match Game, along with impersonations of celebs during the time such as Brett Somers and Paul Lynde. But the best part of the skit (besides how ridiculously spot-on it was) was host Shia LaBoeuf's impersonation of the flamboyant magician, Doug Henning. The old school SNL feel of the whole thing was just magic. read more

TBS Engages in More Funny Business

Just as sister cabler TNT disclosed its own plan to pump up the volume of original content, TBS unveiled its own development slate. Among the series to one day join the ranks of My Boys, The Bill Engvall Show and Frank TV:• A sitcom based on Jane Ganahl's memoir Naked on the Page; The Misadventures of My Unmarried Midlife. Betty Thomas (Dream On) will direct.• A series penned by Dave Caplan (The Drew Carey Show), about a jilted single mom with two kids and a struggling lumberyard. (Note to TV execs: Enough with the shows set at a lumberyard!!)• A domestic comedy about a low-level judge and her prosecutor hubby.TBS has also ordered pilots for a Match Game reboot (previously reported on here) and Stay Tuned, in which animated couch potatoes channel-surf through animated offerings.Late-night shows in development include a sketch series fronted by Robert Townsend and one puppet-ulated by The Jim Henson Company. read more

How Do You Like Our Match Game '08 Panel of Stars?

As reported earlier today, the folks behind American Idol are reviving Match Game. I may be in the minority here, but my restrained response to this news was something akin to "Woo-hoo!" I loved that show — both in its heyday and in reruns on the Game Show Network — if only because it's the strangest anthropological documentation of 1970s comedy, sexual mores and substance abuse that you're ever going to find on network television. It was pretty subversive for a game show (see examples on YouTube), with more cigarette smoking, daytime drinking and winking sexism/sexual innuendo than your average episode of Mad Men.So we asked you who you'd put on the show's inaugural panel. Who are today's Richard Dawsons, Brett Sommerses, and Charles Nelson Reillys? And you responded in kind, with some very interesting suggestions. (Mario Cantone? Genius. Jimmy Fallon? Eh.) That said, here are my humble suggestions for the inaugural sextet. —1) Pamela Anderson: If anyone knows her wa... read more

Feel the Rayburn! Idol Producers Revive Match Game

"The ongoing WGA strike has made producers so desperate, they've decided to revive _____ as a game show."Richard Dawson, winking at contestant Jeanine, raises his answer card to reveal: "Match Game."American Idol producer FremantleMedia North America is developing a contemporary version of Match Game, the quizzer created in 1962 and revived in several incarnations since. Gene Rayburn hosted the most-remembered version, in the '70s, and the panel of celeb participants was famously frequented by the likes of Charles Nelson Reilly, Brett Somers and Twiggy.Who would you select as the modern-day equivalents of Charles, Richard et al? Share your "dream panel" in comments!Update: Here is our dream panel for "Match Game 2008"! read more

Game Over: RIP, Brett Somers

Match Game perennial Brett Somers passed away yesterday at the age of 83. The cause of death was stomach and colon cancer, said Adam Klugman, her son with estranged spouse Jack Quincy Klugman. Besides the popular 1973-'79 game show, Somers is fondly remembered for her Odd Couple appearances as her husband's ex-wife.Tuesday's Today's News was written by Ben Katner. read more

Ricki Lake Runs a Good Marathon

Ricki Lake hosts Gameshow Marathon.

What's the only show on TV this summer that can beat the clock and turn back time? Survey says: Gameshow Marathon! NBC's five-week tournament (the latest entry airs tonight at 8 pm/ET) features a gaggle of celebrities competing in faithful restagings of seven classic shows: Let's Make a Deal, Card Sharks, Beat the Clock, read more

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Premiered: July 16, 1990, on ABC
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Premise: `Dumb Dora was so dumb that...' is a typical lead-in to `fill-in-the-blank'-style queries asked of contestants seeking to match celebrities' answers. This game show had several incarnations on network TV and in syndication, but throughout it was noted for the double-entendre humor and in-joking byplay among its celebrity panelists, including Charles Nelson Reilly and Richard Dawson (in a stint that launched his kissy-kissy `Family Feud' career).

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