In addition to the season premieres of several syndicated game shows, tomorrow marks the start of the network’s “Lost & Found” week. Throughout the week, BUZZR airs rarely seen pilots and other programming for die-hard game show viewers to watch and enjoy. Last year, we were treated with unique gems, including Body Talk (hosted by Vicki Lawrence), TKO (hosted by Peter Tomarken) and Star Words (hosted by Nipsey Russell).
One of my personal favorite pilots that aired last year was the 1992 Family Feud Challenge, which finally answered “Why was there a fourth digit panel added to the electronic readout for the survey bank display later in the show’s run?” – a question that had been nagging me for years pertaining to CBS’s revival of Feud. But, I digress.
For the past few weeks, BUZZR has teased which shows will be a part of the weeklong event through airing a few promos, including the one below. Listed below is the schedule of the pilots and shows that are featured during the second “Lost & Found” week. Set your DVRs and stay tuned!
Monday, September 11th
- Make The Connection (1955) – First TV game show episode hosted by Rayburn
- Choose Up Sides (1956) – First episode in the NBC series and hosted by Rayburn
- Match Game (1962) – Pilot of the original Match Game, hosted by Rayburn
Tuesday, September 12th
- Wordplay (1986) – Pilot hosted by Peter Tomarken
- Wordplay (1986) – First episode of the series featuring host Tom Kennedy
- Trivia Trap (1984) – Hosted by Bob Eubanks
Wednesday, September 13th
- Missing Links (1963) – Pilot hosted by Ed McMahon
- Winner Take All (1952) – First game show produced by the Goodson/Todman partnership. Program was broadcast on both radio and television; this is the first television game show Bill Cullen hosted
- Play For Keeps (1955) – The pilot was the unsold revival of Winner Take All, hosted by Sonny Fox
Thursday, September 14th
- Dream Maker (1999) – Hosted by Richard Simmons
- Body Talk (1990) Pilot hosted by Vicki Lawrence and featuring Richard Simmons
- Star Words (1983) – Pilot hosted by Nipsey Russell
Friday, September 15th
- It’s News To Me (1951) – Pilot hosted by John Daly with special guest Mickey Mantle
- Play Your Hunch (1960) – First nighttime edition of this program, hosted by Merv Griffin
- Nothing But The Truth (1956) – Pilot episode of what eventually became To Tell The Truth, hosted by Mike Wallace