Interesting stuff for us old fogies!
planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida
4 October 2015
This episode of "Pioneers of Television" is dedicated to game shows.
Oddly, it begins with Merv Griffin and his success with "The Wheel of
Fortune" and then jumps back to the days of radio when the televised
game shoe began. Two main themes are the shows by Ralph Edwards (such
as "Truth or Consequences" and "This is Your Life") and Mark Goodson
("The Price is Right" and many others). In addition, the panel show
with various celebrity guests is discussed. To me, the most interesting
part was the discussion of the quiz show scandals of the 1950s--when
this super-popular type of show turned out, in at least a couple cases,
to be rigged (with "Dotto" and "21"). All in all, yet another excellent
episode of this wonderful PBS series--one that is well worth your
time--particularly if you're old enough to remember many of these older
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