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The 5 Greatest Game Show Video Games

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 31st 2010 1:00PM
The Jeopardy home game for the Nintendo WiiIf you're one of the lucky few selected out of a crowd of giddy housewives and Spring Break college students to appear on a game show, you've got to be ready.

You've got to have your hand ready to strike every buzzer the moment the host stops reading the question.

You've got to know the suggested retail price of everything on the market from a 2010 Chevy Volt to a box of Low Sodium Rice-a-Roni.

You've got to know where those annoying Whammies or dragons are hiding. Hell, you've got to do better than just know. You've got to be able to smell them like a great white shark sniffing out a drop of blood from 500 yards away.

Fortunately, technology has allowed mankind to prepare for these unholy battles of knowledges, reflexes and luck with the game show video game. Of course, the market is flooded with remakes of your favorites, so we've picked out the best of the best for the shows that are still around if you're headed down Contestant's Row.

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The Most Epic 'Press Your Luck' Moment You'll See Today

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 17th 2010 6:30PM
The cult hit CBS game show 'Press Your Luck' has long been a hotbed of television legends from the pre-celebrity appearances by the likes of talk shot hostess Jenny Jones and Myke Horton aka 'American Gladiator's' Gemini to the unstoppable force that was ice cream truck driver Michael Larson.

One that seems to have fallen under the radar is this epic "spin battle" between two contestants in the final throes of the episode. Both of these mighty Whammy warriors bring their scores to an astronomical amount that could rival the majesty of Mount Olympus, only to come crashing down to game show doom.

Check out this bit of "Game Show Thunderdome" where two women enter, but only one leaves ... and then, technically, the other but without any money or sense of personal dignity.

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The other game show titled Wipeout

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 16th 2009 7:04PM
Yes, I'll admit it. I love Wipeout. Last night I was thinking there should be a Celebrity Wipeout. Wouldn't that be great? I can think of some celebs I'd like to see get wet, whacked in the face, or fall down hard.

But the ABC game show isn't the first game show to be called Wipeout. There was a short-lived syndicated game show in the late 1980s with the same name, hosted by Peter Tomarken (Press Your Luck). Here is an entire episode, thanks to YouTube.

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Five shows to watch at the gym (if you know what's good for you)

by Eliot Glazer, posted Jun 10th 2009 5:02PM
jackie warner workoutIf you're like me, then you're probably a mom. Although, I don't have children. In fact, I'm a quarter-century old dude built like an extra from a 1960's beach movie (that's not necessarily a compliment, especially if you think "compact" is a terrible description of body type, as I often do). However, when I'm at the gym, I seem to get along like gangbusters with all the mothers who take to the Stepper for a mindless lower-body workout in which one essentially climbs to nowhere.

In fact, every now and then, you'll catch me on the machine upwards of an hour, which is by no means an easy task when you have the attention span I do. But luckily, I've got plenty of friends to keep me going, and I don't even have to talk to them. Because they're inside the TV! (Sorry, moms!)

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Hey, look! Labor Day weekend marathons!

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 30th 2008 10:41AM
ScrubsLabor Day marks the end of summer (yeah, don't tell me summer ends later in September, if it's Labor Day and the kids are back in school, summer is over), and you could spend the weekend at the beach, having a barbecue, or doing something athletic outside. Or, you could stay in all weekend on your couch and watch a TV marathon! Here's a list of some marathons you can see this Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

Saturday, August 30

  • At 6am, TCM starts a marathon of Katharine Hepburn movies.
  • At 7, History Channel has a marathon of Ax Men.
  • At 9, USA has a Starter Wife marathon.
  • Also at 9, Sci-Fi has a marathon of monster movies, including Carnosaur, Reptilian, Beneath Loch Ness, Eye of the Beast, King of the Lost World, and Black Swarm.
  • At 10, Bravo has a Shear Genius marathon.
  • At 11, History Channel has a bunch of Ice Road Truckers episodes.
  • At 11:30, Discovery Kids has a marathon of Flight 29 Down episodes.
  • At 2pm, Spike has a CSI marathon.

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Love Connection is not one of the best game shows of all-time

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 30th 2008 2:06PM
Ken OberAh, another day, another list. This one is from PopCrunch, and it lists the 25 Best Game Shows of All-Time. And yes, it will provoke discussion and hair-pulling.

It's not a bad list actually, as these things go. It's a little predictable (and I certainly wouldn't have included Love Connection, Deal or No Deal, or Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?), but there are some good choices here. Press Your Luck was a great show (though it should be higher on the list), and it's hard to argue with how high shows like Jeopardy and The Price is Right are. I also like that they included The Mole (the first two Anderson Cooper-hosted seasons) and Remote Control.

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What's On Tonight: March Madness, Kid's Choice Awards, RAW

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 31st 2007 5:04PM
  • Press Your LuckCBS has March Madness all night.
  • TLC has a new Moving Up at 8.
  • Disney has a new Kim Possible at 8.
  • GSN is showing four classic episodes of Press Your Luck starting at 8.
  • Also at 8: Nickelodeon has the annual Kid's Choice Awards.
  • At 9, FOX has a new America's Most Wanted.
  • Suze Orman celebrates her 5th anniversary on CNBC at 9.
  • A&E has a new Flip This House at 9.
  • AMC has Deliverance at 9.
  • Al Roker hosts Childhood Obesity: Danger Zone, on Food Network at 9.
  • At 11, IFC is showing the documentary This Film Is Not Yet Rated.
  • At midnight, USA has the 2007 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, followed by all the Trump/McMahon nonsense on a new WWE A.M RAW.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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How to behave on a game show

by Paul Goebel, posted Mar 23rd 2007 3:04PM

Beat the GeeksAs you may or may not know, I have been on many game shows. I won $40,000 on Greed. I won a car, seven televisions and a buttload of other stuff on TV Land's Ultimate Fan Search. I won over a grand on To Tell The Truth and of course, I was on every episode of Beat the Geeks. Suffice it to say, I have plenty of experience with this game we call show. Recently Joel Keller wrote a piece chock full of information on where to apply to be on a gameshow, and while this information is certainly helpful, you should know that it's only the beginning. There are a multitude of Do's and Dont's to remember.

Let's start with the Do's...

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Ten infamous game show moments... kind of - VIDEO

by Brett Love, posted Feb 13th 2007 12:30PM
Wink MartindaleThere is an interesting post over at YesButNoButYes on ten infamous game show moments. There are a couple good ones, like the guy who lost on the first question of Millionaire, and a couple classic Family Feud and Newlywed Game answers.

Unfortunately, it's more a good idea for a list than an actual good list, because their definition of "Game Show" is insane. I just don't get the reasoning behind adding moments from The Bachelorette, Big Brother, and Top Chef. Especially when there are so many great moments from actual game shows that could have been added.

Some non-reality show contenders for such a list: From The Price Is Right, recently there was a guy who kept bidding 420 (video after the jump). Going back in the TPIR archive there was the time when a rather buxom woman was so excited to be comin' on down that she didn't realize her boobs had bounced right out of her tube top.

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Here are some game show catchphrases you might not know

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 9th 2006 10:00AM
Pat SajakWhile you're watching CBS' summer show, Game Show Marathon, think of this funny list over at McSweeneys: Less Popular Game Show Catchphrases.

The most disturbing might be "So...do you want to pump it, lick it, or tickle it?" I don't ever want to hear Bob Barker or Pat Sajak or Alex Trebek say those words. Though if that girl who types things on Lingo wants to say them...

My favorite? "TIME TO FIND THE CASHEW!" I think I'd watch that game show.

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Game Show Marathon: Press Your Luck

by Richard Keller, posted Jun 8th 2006 10:55PM

Press Your Luck(S01E04) It could be my imagination, but I could swear that the remaining three celebrities vying for the last seat of Game Show Marathon semi-finals were having a good time. Maybe they were finally warming up to each other after four games, maybe it was a 'I don't care what happens, I'm going to have fun' belief. Or, maybe it's the fact they were playing Press Your Luck and, dammit, they really had a competition going on.

The original Press Your Luck, which aired on CBS from 1983 until 1986 was such a cool concept that the show is still a favorite to this day. So, it was great to see it in all it's glory on Game Show Marathon. Other than the late Peter Tomarken all of the elements were there, the spinning set, the big board, the theme music, and, of course, the Whammys. In addition, it was probably the best episode of the series so far.

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Come on down, make a deal, beat the clock, and press your luck

by Richard Keller, posted May 31st 2006 9:57AM

Rikki Lake -- Host of Game Show MarathonBack in the 1980s, two classic game shows, Match Game and Hollywood Squares, were combined into a one-hour show. The result was extremely underwhelming to audiences back then. Now, over 20 years later, they're trying this concept again... with seven game shows combined into one. Don't network executives ever learn?

Actually, this one looks to be a bit more interesting than The Match Game-Hollywood Squares Hour (catchy, ain't it?). It's called Game Show Marathon and it's premiering on CBS tonight. Hosted by veteran talk show maven Rikki Lake, Marathon combines seven classic game shows into one program: The Price Is Right, Beat the Clock, Card Sharks, Let's Make a Deal, Press Your Luck, Family Feud, and Match Game. Other than Deal, all of the other game shows have aired or are currently airing on CBS at one time or another.

Starting with The Price is Right, the show will pit six celebrity players against each other, who will attempt to win cash and prizes for home viewers. Game Show Marathon will continue to run twice-weekly until July, when it will settle into its Thursday night slot. TVgameshows.net profiles the game show and interviews Rikki Lake about the challenges of hosting seven different game shows at one time in a three-week period.




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Gameshow Marathon coming to CBS

by Adam Finley, posted May 9th 2006 5:15PM
press your luckRicki Lake will be returning to television on May 31 to host a new CBS summer series called Gameshow Marathon. The series, which airs at 8 p.m., will pit celebrities such as Tim Meadows, Lance Bangs, and Kathy Najimy against one another in recreations of classic games such as Press Your Luck and Let's Make A Deal. One celebrity will be eliminated during each episode. Speaking of Press Your Luck, I had a teacher in high school who used to tell us not to "press our luck" all the time, so naturally a friend and I drew "Whammies" and displayed them on our desks whenever she said it. This is not a good way to learn, that's what I'm saying.

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Press Your Luck game show host killed in plane crash

by Anna Johns, posted Mar 14th 2006 8:56AM
peter tomarken deadPeter Tomarken, 63, and his wife, Kathleen, 41, died yesterday when their small plane crashed into Santa Monica Bay shortly after take-off. The couple had volunteered for Angel Flight West, which transports patients to medical facilities for free. Divers spent the afternoon looking for a possible third victim, a patient the Tomarkens were supposed to be transporting. However, a third body has not been found. Airport officials say the couple reported engine troubles and was turning around when it went down in about 19 feet of water.

Tomarken hosted Press Your Luck for four years. The game show was known for its' contestants screaming, "Big Bucks! No Whammies!". He has also hosted a handful of other game shows over the years. Tonight, Game Show Network will pay tribute to Tomarken by airing the documentary, Big Bucks: The Press Your Luck Scandal (how is that a tribute?) at 10 PM. Tomorrow, GSN will devote its programming to reruns of Press Your Luck.

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