Matt DeSanto made Wheel of Fortune history recently as he won every puzzle in the show and made an amazing one letter answer.
If you want to watch him in action, view a video here courtesy of the best Orlando newspaper with Sentinel in the name - the Orlando Sentinel.
It is also here on the Today programme with another amazing WoF guess from another contestant.
And if that didn't bring a smile to your face then watch this video from our friends at 9 News in Australia who highlighted an over eager contestant (like that has never happened before!!) on US The Price Is Right.
Be careful as the video is in a playlist which may contain other videos which I have no control over the content so if that isn't a warning then I don't know what is.
So what interesting quizzes and gameshows are on telly next week?!!
Pointless Celebrities has a FA Cup special (BBC1, Sat 3rd Jan - 6.05pm) so I wonder who will reach the third round and maybe get to the final. As long as it isn't Robbie Savage then I am happy, he did play six games for Brighton and Hove Albion back in the day. My betting is on a round where they draw balls out of a hat.
Well, Shane Richie proves his flexibility combining both acting, singing and game show host roles in the almost-new National Lottery show, Win Your Wish List. My first impressions of the show was that I was needing a bucket for the #PDAs on offer (that's public displays of affection for those not hip and trendy to know young-speak) but avoid that and it's not that bad a show. The key is speaking clearly so expect some teams with regional accents to appear soon to have you reaching for the subtitles button soon.
Earlier on Saturday, ITV fill their schedule with reruns of Ejector Seat (11.25am) and the wonderful (although would have been more wonderful had I appeared on it) The 21st Question with the lovely Gethin Jones at 12.25pm. Tipping Point fills the mid afternoon slot followed by the family friendly Big Star's Little Star hosted by Stephen Mulhern who is just finishing up his panto role in Crawley this year. I believe Beil Ruddock is one of the Big Stars on the show - hopefully he will have more clothes on then he had on in his recent appearances on A League Of Their Own. Take Me Out returns but I really don't consider it to be worthy of a mention.
Sunday 4th January sees nothing much of interest apart from the spectacular Fun House on Challenge. I so wanted to ride those go-karts!!
As most of the country goes back to work on Monday 5th January, the quiz schedules return to normal so expect to see your daily dose of Countdown, Deal Or No Deal, Tipping Point, The Chase, Pointless, Eggheads but of course, don't miss your weekly fix of University Challenge and Only Connect on BBC2 and the always moving show in the BBC1 schedule, A Question of Sport.
If you are lucky enough to have Sky on Demand/Showcase thing on your tellybox then available now is The Fanatics. Another Sky attempt to get a hit game show maybe (but a real shame Cleverdicks didn't make it as I liked the show). Maybe it's an attempt to be a longer version of Mastermind but who knows as the first show includes Doctor Who, Boxing and The London Underground. The first show is to be aired on Sky1 on Wednesday 7th January 8pm.
Finally a new show from the other side of the pond starts on History Channel (Sky 529), Friday 9th January at 9pm with a double bill. It is called Pawnography and features the staff of Pawn Stars in a game show format which I haven't watched or know about so no idea on how good it will be.
And as ever if that doesn't fill your thirst for knowledge there is Defectors on Challenge at 5am next Saturday 10th January to get your teeth into.
Have a great weekend!!
I remember Bob Eubanks for the game show Card Sharks that from memory Channel 4 used to show early morning back in the late 80's/early 90's. The picture is from the 1960s on one of those 0.5MP cameras. Anyway here he is bringing his most popular gameshow he hosted back to the stage.
Story via the spiffing journalgazette.net
Eubanks keeps game show alive onstage
Keiara Carr | The Journal Gazette
Plenty of game show hosts are memorable, but only one made audiences say “whoopee.”
Bob Eubanks, longtime host of “The Newlywed Game,” first used the word to get cheeky marital questions approved by the censors in the 1960s, but the by-product became America’s buzzword for sex. Even though TV Guide initially summed up the happenings on the then-new game show as “the worst piece of sleaze in television today,” the show and Eubanks eclipsed the criticism and had America turning to their partner asking: “Well, what would you say?”
“Everybody relates to it. That’s what made the ‘Newlywed Game’ so popular,” Eubanks says during a phone interview from Texas. “There are two kinds of game shows. There’s the question-and-answer kind of a show and then there’s the relationship kind of a show, and that’s what we were. We were a comedy show that just happens to have a game with it.”
Eubanks will provide a night full of laughs and prizes with an interactive live staging of “The Not-So-Newlywed Game” on Saturday at Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Van Wert, Ohio. The game will be played with eight couples competing for a grand prize. Every guest has an equal chance to be selected, and even those not selected will have a chance to win $100,000 by answering interactive questions posed to members of the audience.
Eubanks was born in Flint, Mich., and his family moved to California when he was 2. By the 1960s, Eubanks was one of Los Angeles’ top radio DJs and concert promoters; he was instrumental in booking the Beatles to play the Hollywood Bowl in 1964.
Two years later, Chuck Barris, “The Newlywed Game” creator who later became the host of the 1970s “Gong Show,” hired Eubanks. The premise was to put newly married couples to the test with Eubanks asking one partner to guess the response their wife or husband would give regarding topics as varied as the color scheme of their house or their love life.
Eubanks quickly learned how to milk a couple’s mishaps and create a witty rapport. He says that for Saturday’s show, the questions and couples will be slightly different than what people know from the TV show.
“ ‘Not-So-Newlywed’ means that you could have been married 50 years, I don’t care. In fact, that’s fun,” Eubanks says. “People are people wherever you go. It really doesn’t matter what kind of contestant I have. All kinds of people are funny.” Eubanks says the new contestants show how social rules have changed with more education and technology.
“I think society has become a little looser. If I ask a question and there’s an elderly couple on, their answer is going to be different than someone who is much younger because our society has changed over the years,” he says. “If you look at the show, it’s almost a microcosm of society today. You can tell how our education has failed or succeeded.
“Because of television, we know exactly where some places are in America and even in the world. We certainly wouldn’t know where Iraq or Afghanistan was 40 years ago unless you got the globe out.” The “Newlywed Game” first aired in 1966, and Eubanks went on to host multiple incarnations of the show until 1996 and host celebrity episodes in the 2000s.
The episodes made him the only game show personality to host the same format with original programming in six decades. As one of the hosts of the Tournament of Roses Parade since 1979, Eubanks has earned several Emmy awards and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He continues to host the parade for Hallmark and the Travel Channel.
With no plans to return to television full time, Eubanks, who turned 76 last month, now travels across the country for corporate speaking engagements and “Not-So-Newlywed” performances. “If I were producing television right now, I probably wouldn’t hire me because everybody has a turn in this world. I have certainly had a long turn,” he says. “I do the Rose Parade, and that’s fine. I have too much to do, and I’m having too much fun.”
And TV Guide, which once dismissed Eubanks, named him one of the “Top Five Game Show Hosts of All Time.”
“I mean in the department store of life, you have to know I live in the toy department,” he says. “You don’t really take away anything from what I do. You just enjoy it and have a relaxing, wonderful time. That’s all I ask.”
Mr Quiz Worthing