"To Tell the Truth" has been one of Mark Goodson Productions' most durable formats, and this 1990 represented the fourth revival of the popular game show. The format remained the same--three contestants claim to be associated with a story, read as an affidavit at the start of each game. Only one is actually the person he claims to be; the other two are lying. The four celebrity panelists, one at a time, question the three contestants (addressing them by No. 1, No. 2. and No. 3) in an attempt to expose the liars and determine who was telling the truth. After all four celebrities have had their turn to question the team, they voted separately as to who they thought was the real person associated with the story. Payoffs were based on the team's ability to fool the panel - $500 per incorrect vote and $3,000 if they fooled all four panelists. Two such games were played per show. After the second game, a new segment, "One on One" was played with two more contestants, one an audience member ...
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Unfortunately for the show, Gordon Elliott was forced to relinquish hosting duties after only eight weeks due to a dispute with another production company, with whom he'd signed an exclusive contract. Lynn Swann moved over from the panel, but viewers didn't respond. Alex Trebek was pressed into action for Truth's final three months - making Trebek the first to host three game shows simultaneously (already holding down Jeopardy!
(1984) and Classic Concentration
(1987)). In fact, by the time Truth ended its run on 5/31/91, even Mark Goodson himself appeared as host, filling in on two episodes when Alex's wife went into labor. See more
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