A long-running quiz show hosted by TV veteran Jack Barry, and later by Bill Cullen. In this show, contestants would have to answer questions on a wide variety of topics, with the prize ...
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A long-running quiz show hosted by TV veteran Jack Barry, and later by Bill Cullen. In this show, contestants would have to answer questions on a wide variety of topics, with the prize money determined by a slot machine-style device. The winning contestant could then move on to a bonus round, where they would play a slot machine for a chance at even bigger prizes, but with the risk of losing everything. Written by
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"The Joker's Wild" concluded its run on CBS Daytime June 13, 1975. A year later, in the fall of 1976, repeats of the CBS Daytime "Joker's Wild" resurfaced on Los Angeles station KHJ, which paved the way for the new syndicated version of "Joker's Wild," which debuted a full year later in September 1977. A children's version, "Joker! Joker! Joker!" aired over local stations from September 1979 to September 1981. See more »
[Farewell speech on the June 13, 1975 finale]
Ladies and gentlemen, this is the last "Joker's Wild" program. On Monday, a new program will appear here. It is called "Spin-Off", and it features a very good friend of mine, Jim Lange. I hope that you will watch it, 'cause I'm sure you will enjoy it. 686 programs ago, I had the distinct pleasure of saying, "Welcome to 'The Joker's Wild.'" I could not have been able to say that then, nor could I say goodbye to you now, without acknowledging the ...
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Recently, "The Joker's Wild" got some air time on VH1's "I Love the '70s, Volume II." I'm paraphrasing a bit, but one of the celebrities interviewees said it best: "Why is it that we can create a thousand celebrity reality shows, but we can't remake 'The Joker's Wild'?" Sony owns the rights to the show. If done right, and sticking to the classic format that was a winner (unlike the initial try of the 1990 version), TJW could be another long-running winner. The format is solid, the game itself is interesting (though the questions could be tougher), and there's enough drama in each spin to keep you for the full half hour. I think there's more than enough interest to consider a resurrection.
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