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Betty White and Jimmy Fallon Play 'Password' on 'Late Night' (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jun 15th 2011 8:47AM
Betty White on 'Late Night'Betty White took a stroll down Memory Lane on 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' (Weeknights, 12:37AM ET on NBC).

The veteran actress took on host Jimmy Fallon in a game of 'Password.' White was a frequent guest on the original 'Password' network TV game show, which aired in the '60s and '70s.

In fact, White's involvement in the show went further than just guest-starring on it: She married "the man in the middle," Allen Ludden.

'Password' host Ludden became White's third husband in 1963 and they remained together until his death in 1981. In fact, in a touching moment, White told Fallon that her appearance on his version of 'Password' marked what would have been her and Ludden's 48th wedding anniversary.

So, after a such a lovely story you'd have thought that Fallon would let her win, wouldn't you?

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New TV on DVD Releases This Week

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 1st 2010 6:03PM
The Price Is Right logoHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

It's not every week that you see four different DVD sets for game shows released, but that's what we have this week: "Best Of" sets for 'The Price is Right', 'Password', and 'Match Game '73', as well as a special set for the Richard Dawson 'Family Feud' episodes. I actually might buy the first three (not really a big 'Family Feud' guy). Having DVDs for classic episodes of those three game shows might be fun.

I'd like to see someone come out with a sampler DVD set of short-lived game shows or even well-known game shows that will never get their own full sets.

  • 'Batman: The Brave and the Bold' - Vol. 3
  • 'Beverly Hills, 90210' - Season 9
  • 'Doctor Who' - The End of Time, The Waters of Mars, and The Complete Specials
  • 'Dynasty' - Season 4, Vol. 2

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Betty White Talks About 'Golden Girls' and SAG Lifetime Achievement Award

by Leonard Jacobs, posted Jan 20th 2010 3:00PM
Veterans of early TV are scarce these days, most being retired or, well, really retired. But after 61 years in the business, the legendary Betty White is enjoying her third or fourth career resurgence -- and told AOL TV she's thrilled to be receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from Sandra Bullock at the SAG Awards on Jan. 23.

After doing radio and summer stock back in the 1940s, White's big break came as the "telephone girl" on a live, local Los Angeles show, 'Hollywood on Television,' hosted by popular DJ Al Jarvis. With all honors to Lucille Ball and 'I Love Lucy,' that gig led to the creation of one of the first female-driven sitcoms, 'Life with Elizabeth.' The TV skies were the limit from there.

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Betty White plays Dirty Password

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 7th 2009 2:30PM
Betty White and Password are forever linked together. She played the game great and her husband Allen Ludden was the host of the show. Now White has appeared on Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List to play the game against Kathy's mom, and of course you know that Kathy and her team would pick a controversial word to play with. The word itself isn't dirty, but the clues and the discussion of the word certainly are.

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GSN needs more Let's Make A Deal, less Millionaire

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 9th 2009 1:07PM
GSNI love GSN, but there are several things wrong with it.

I don't know about you, but I've had it up to here (hand planted right around nose height) with Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? The network airs the show way, way too much. I'm sure it's popular and there are probably promotional considerations involved, considering it's actually a show that's still on the air (GSN airs both the older Regis Philbin episodes and the newer Meredith Vieira ones), but we really don't need the show on as much as it is.

What would I put on instead? More classic game shows!

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What's On Tonight: Superstars Of Dance, Ultimate Recipe, The Unit

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 4th 2009 4:02PM
  • 60 MinABC Family has a Secret Life of The American Teenager marathon all night.
  • At 7, ABC has a new America's Funniest Home Videos, followed by new episodes of Extreme Makeover, Desperate Housewives, and Brothers & Sisters.
  • CBS has a new 60 Minutes at 7, then new episodes of Million Dollar Password, Cold Case, and The Unit.
  • At 8, Food Network has a new Challenge, followed by the premiere of Ultimate Recipe Showdown and a new Iron Chef America.
  • Style has a new Ruby at 8.
  • Also at 8: VH-1 has the premiere of Confessions of a Teen Idol.
  • At 9, NBC has the premiere of Superstars of Dance.
  • PBS has a new Masterpiece Classic at 9.
  • Showtime has the movie Running The Sahara at 9.
  • At 11:30, Cartoon Network has a new Robot Chicken.
  • At 12:15, Cartoon Network has a new Drinky Crow Show.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: Independence Bowl, Nick News, Robot Chicken

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 28th 2008 4:04PM
Regis Philbin
  • TV Land has an Andy Griffith Show marathon all night.
  • TruTV has a Cops marathon all night.
  • CMTV has a Mama's Family marathon all night.
  • At 7, CBS has a new 60 Minutes, then a new Million Dollar Password.
  • NBC has a new Football Night in America at 7, followed by the Chargers/Broncos game.
  • At 8, History Channel has Valkyrie: The Plot To Kill Hitler.
  • At 8:15, ESPN has the Independence Bowl.
  • At 9, Nickelodeon has a new Nick News.
  • At 10, Lifetime Movie Network has Secret Santa.
  • At 11:30, Cartoon Network has a new Robot Chicken.
  • At 12:15am, Cartoon Network has a new Drinky Crow Show.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: 60 Minutes, Ruby, Skins, Robot Chicken

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 21st 2008 4:01PM
  • Cold CaseAt 7, CBS has a new 60 Minutes, then new episodes of Million Dollar Password, Cold Case, and The Unit.
  • NBC has a new Football Night in America at 7, then the Giants/Panthers game.
  • Llfetime has the movie Undercover Christmas, then the movie A Christmas Proposal.
  • Food Network has a "Holiday Cake-Off" episode of Challenge at 7.
  • At 8, Showtime has a new Brotherhood.
  • Style Network has a new Ruby.
  • Also at 8: HGTV has What's With That Really Decked Out Christmas House?
  • At 9, Nickelodeon has a new Nick News at 9, followed by a Christmas episode of Home Improvement.
  • At 10, Food Network has a new Throwdown with Bobby Flay.
  • BBC America has the season finale of Skins at 10.
  • At 10:30, HBO has a new Summer Heights High.
  • At 11:30, Cartoon Network has a new Robot Chicken.
  • At 12:15, Cartoon Network has a new Drinky Crow Show.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: Password, Are You Smarter, TNA Impact

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 18th 2008 4:05PM
  • Carson Daly ticketAt 8, CBS has a new Million Dollar Password.
  • FOX has a new Secret Millionaire at 8, followed by a new Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?
  • Discovery has a new HowStuffWorks at 8, then a new Destroyed in Seconds.
  • Food Network has Holiday Extravaganza at 8.
  • BBC America has a new Dragon's Den at 8.
  • Also at 8: Nickelodeon has Christmas episodes of iCarly, Fairly OddParents, Home Improvement, and George Lopez.
  • At 9, Lifetime has the movie Holiday Affair.
  • Spike has a new TNA Impact! at 9.
  • At 10, FX has two new episodes of Testees.
  • At 10:30, AMC has the movie Big.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk show listings.

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 1st 2008 6:00PM
Jake and the Fatman DVDHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

For some reason, I didn't know that Jake and the Fatman was out on DVD (or I knew at one point and just forgot). Is this something I want on DVD? I'm tempted, because it's a show that you'll probably never see in syndication again. It's probably way down on my list though. Password might be fun. I gotta start buying these game show releases at some point.

  • Cannon - Season 1, Vol. 2
  • Curious George - Leads the Band and Other Musical Mayhem
  • Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist - Best Of
  • Frost/Nixon - The Original Watergate Interviews
  • Jake and the Fatman - Season 1, Vol. 2
  • Law and Order - Season 6
  • Metalocalypse - Season 2
  • Mythbusters - Big Blasts
  • Password - Best Of
  • Perry Mason - Season 3, Vol. 2
  • Saturday Night Live - Season 4

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Best Game Shows of All Time

by Kim Potts, posted Aug 18th 2008 5:50AM
The Price is Right ... Hollywood Squares ... Family Feud ... see where they rank on our list.

Come on down ... you're the next reader of AOL TV's Top 20 Game Show countdown, our list of the finest tube efforts to have contestants name that tune, make a love connection and guess if the price is right.

Did your favorite game show make the cut?

Survey says: Keep reading to find out.

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What's On Tonight: Singing Office, Army Wives, Law and Order: CI

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 29th 2008 4:05PM

  • Ice Road TruckersAt 7, NBC has more U.S. Olympic Trials, followed by a new Dateline.
  • At 8, CBS has a new Password.
  • TCM has Harvey at 8, then The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.
  • At 9, PBS has a new Masterpiece.
  • TLC has the premiere of The Singing Office at 9.
  • USA has a new Law and Order: CI at 9, then a new In Plain Sight.
  • There's a new Ice Road Truckers on History Channel at 9.
  • HGTV has a new Design Star at 9.
  • At 10, Lifetime has a new Army Wives.
  • Food Network has a new Next Food Network Star at 10.
  • Also at 10: Bravo has a new Denise Richards: It's Complicated, followed by a new Living Lohan.
  • At 11:30, Cartoon Network has a new Venture Brothers, then new episodes of Metalocalypse, Fat Guy Stuck in Internet, and Assy McGee.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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Nielsen ratings for the week ending June 1

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 4th 2008 5:44PM


Here are the weekly TV ratings, by number of viewers.

Um, OK, I had to do a double take (or maybe a triple) when I saw these ratings for Lost. Number 1 for the week?? I knew it would do better since it was the season finale, but the top spot, up 18 spots from last week? That's pretty cool.

The new edition of Password took the number 3 spot. Meanwhile, the number 18 show really kinda baffles me.

1. Lost (ABC)
2. Two and a Half Men (CBS)
3. Million Dollar Password (CBS)

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Million Dollar Password -- An early look

by Joel Keller, posted May 30th 2008 3:22PM
Million Dollar Password
Here's the thing about game show revivals: you have to satisfy people on two levels. For fans of the old show, you have to make the gameplay of the new show familiar enough to keep them happy and coming back. And, in order to attract new fans, you have to modernize and add touches that will suck in viewers and help build drama. That's one of the reasons why most new game shows have Who Wants to Be a Millionaire-style darkened sets with swirling lights, and depend on ominous music and tight camera angles to create drama.

Million Dollar Password, premiering Sunday at 8 PM ET, has all of that. They even nabbed Millionaire's original American host, Regis Philbin, to give it that extra bit of primetime oomph. But does it work? Well... sorta. Fans of the Allen Ludden / Tom Kennedy / Bert Convy incarnations might be dissatisfied with what they've done to their old favorite, but even an objective observer can see that the gameplay has some flaws that are going to need to be worked out for the show to succeed.

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The Odd Couple: Password - VIDEO

by Bob Sassone, posted May 29th 2008 6:05PM

(Originally aired Dec. 1, 1972)

Since CBS will debut a new, updated version of the classic game show Password this Sunday at 8, I thought it would be a good idea to talk about one of the great episodes of The Odd Couple, appropriately titled "Password." (it's also Jack Klugman's favorite). It's the one where Oscar is asked to go on the game show and he gets to choose his partner. Will he choose Felix, a nut for the show, or his girlfriend, who isn't too, um, bright? The answer after the jump...

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