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Pitfall: one of the "great tragedies" of Alex Trebek's life

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 30th 2009 7:01PM
You should be reading Classic Television Showbiz, a really fun blog that often showcases video of old and/or obscure TV shows. This week he has a video of the short-lived game show Pitfall, which Alex Trebek hosted.

Not only did the company that produced the show run out of money, they ran out of money while the show was still on the air. So they couldn't pay some of the later contestants and Trebek didn't get paid either! He still has the check framed in his office. Video below (quality isn't great, but it's interesting).



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Jason Meyers

I rememer this game show. It aired in Miami for a very short time. My brother and I enjoyed the pitfall round, where the contestants would go down the elevator.

September 01 2009 at 12:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
grembros

SEND THE ARROGANT TREBEK BACK TO CANADA.

September 01 2009 at 12:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
EdN

Alex looks more like a porn star than a game show host. Game show host, interesting career.

September 01 2009 at 11:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
zachhoran

THey lowered the value of the grand prize later in the run from about $5K to about $2500. Eileen Mintz, who was a multi-day champion on the version later in the run, said the only prize she actually received was a trip to Paris.

September 01 2009 at 10:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ðan

oh LORD I remember this Canadian game show now you got me thinking of 2 others Just like Mom and the Mad Dash

August 30 2009 at 11:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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The Deej

Or the classic Definition!

the joy of Canadian game shows, where the top prize was a Brother electric typewriter

August 31 2009 at 12:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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