Three contestants, including a returing champion, competed in this general knowledge game patterned somewhat after the enormously-popular "Jeopardy!" Each contestant is given an initial bankroll of $125. Host James announces a category, each with three as-of-yet unrevealed questions--a "who," a "what" and a "where" question. Each question also had odds posted, based on the question's difficulty (most having even or 2:1 odds, with others had up to 5:1 odds). Each contestant secretly selects one question and wagers up to $50 on their ability to answer. All three wagers are revealed; if just one player chooses a specific question, he gets to answer it, with the contestant winning his/her bid multiplied by the odds if correct or losing his wager if he/she is wrong. However, if two or perhaps all three contestants choose the same question, only the highest bid is accepted; however, if two or all three bids on the same question are identical, the $50 limit is waived and the contestants can ... Written by
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In the late 60s and early 70s, NBC had a solid daytime game show lineup, with Concentration, Sale of the Century, Hollywood Squares, the original Art Fleming version of Jeopardy! and the show that came along in December 1969 to give viewers the perfect quiz show companion, The Who, What or Where Game. I remember watching that show, which was also referred to as "The 3Ws" and it turned out to be a hit, thanks to its challenging questions and strategy in trying to outbid each other for the chance to answer a question in a category. Like Jeopardy, there was a final round called "Pot Limit", where contestants bid any of their winnings on the final question. The announcer was Mike Darrow, who earlier hosted Dream House, and substituted for James on one episode when he was ill. Unfortunately, The 3Ws was one of several long-running shows purged by NBC when Lin Bolen took over as vice president of daytime and wanted to give game shows a fresh new look. It would have had a longer run.
In the 90s, there was a semi-revival of The 3Ws, under the title "The Challengers", hosted by Dick Clark.
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