The Name of the Game (1968–1971)

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 Glenn Howard / ... (41 episodes, 1968-1971)
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 Peggy Maxwell (32 episodes, 1968-1971)
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 Dan Farrell (26 episodes, 1968-1971)
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 Jeff Dillon (17 episodes, 1968-1970)
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This groundbreaking series had three rotating stars, who were featured in independent episodes tied together by a loose common theme. The commonality was Howard Publications, the self-made publishing empire of Glenn Howard. Episodes featuring Howard focused on his business and political confrontations and his flamboyant lifestyles. Other episodes featured Jeff Dillon, a crusading investigative reporter, or Dan Farrell. Farrell was a retired FBI agent who used his position as the editor of "Crime Magazine" to wage a literary war against organized crime. The series had several semi-regulars who were featured in one or more of the plot threads, including editorial assistant Peggy Maxwell, and junior reporters Joe Sample, Andy Hill and Ross Craig. Written by Marg Baskin <marg@asd.raytheon.ca>

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Audacia es el juego  »

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Anthony Franciosa was fired during the show's third season. Instead of being replaced by one actor, he was replaced by a series of actors filling in on his rotation, including Robert Culp twice appearing as reporter Paul Tyler. Peter Falk as reporter Lewis Corbett, and Robert Wagner as reporter David Corey, each were billed as 'Guest Starring in...'. Earlier in Season Two both 'Darren McGavin' (as freelance newsman Sam Hardy in 'Goodbye Harry', and 'Vera Miles' as reporter Hilary Vanderman in 'Man of The People', took guest starring roles (both put under the 'Gene Barry' segment as he made cameo appearances in each). See more »

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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Stranded in Space (1991) See more »

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One of the best TV Drama's
7 March 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I used to love this show. I have not seen it recently, and I do not know how it would play today. However, my younger self remembers this as one of the best tv dramas ever. I remember one episode when Tony Franciosa returns to New York City to visit his mother and astranged older brother played by Martin Balsem. Franciosa throughout is trip is reading Thomas Wolf's "You can Never Go Home Again." He reunites with is brother, but later find that his grocery store owner brother is also a local drug dealer. It ends with Franciosa turning his brother into the police. His mother forgiving him, but she leaves to live in her home country of Italy. Susan Saint James played one of the magazine's researchers, and stared in one episode opposite Joseph Cotton. This was a 90 minute show that had three rotating stars. Tony Franciosa played the star reporter for a fictional magazine called "People," his millionare publisher was Glenn Howard played by Gene Barry, and Robert Stack played Dan Farrell, a former FBI agent turned crime reporter.


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