6 Classic Game Shows Making a Comeback
Blast From the Past
If you missed the first time these classic game shows were on the air, now's your chance to relive the fun with these reincarnated versions.
Match Game (Then)
Hosted By: Gene Rayburn (pictured, 1962-1982), Ross Shafer (1990-1991), Michael Burger (1998-1999)
Concept: Contestants must try to come up with answers to fill-in-the-blank questions asked by the host. The celebrity panelists must do the same, and the matching answers win.
Match Game (Now)
Hosted By: Alec Baldwin (2016 – )
Name that Tune (Then)
Hosted By: Red Benson (1952-1954), Bill Cullen (1954-1955), George DeWitt (pictured, 1955-1959), Richard Hayes (1970-1971), Dennis James (1974-1975), Tom Kennedy (1974-1981), Jim Lange (1984-1985)
Concept: Two contestants’ knowledge of songs are put to the test as a band begins to play the first notes of a well-known tune. The first person to ring the bell and name the tune correctly increases his/her chances of winning the grand prize.
Beat Shazam (Now)
Hosted By: Jamie Foxx (2017 – )
Love Connection (Then)
Hosted By: Chuck Woolery (pictured, 1983 – 1994), Pat Bullard (1998-1999)
Concept: A single person is matched with three potential dates via videotaped profiles. After viewing the excerpts, the audience votes on who they believe would be the best match for the contestant. The contestant, who has already gone on the blind date, introduces the audience to his/her choice. The host then interviews both people to find out what happened on their date.
Love Connection (Now)
Hosted By: Andy Cohen (2017 – )
The Joker’s Wild (Then)
Hosted By: Jack Barry (pictured, 1972-1984), Bill Cullen (1984-1986), Jim Peck (1981-1986, Pat Finn (1990-1991)
Concept: Contestants must answer questions based on categories that are selected at random by a spinning slot machine.
The Joker’s Wild (Now)
Hosted By: Snoop Dogg (2017 – )
The Gong Show (Then)
Hosted By: Chuck Barris (pictured, 1976-1980), John Barbour (1976), Gary Owens (1976-1977), Don Bleu (1988-1989), Dave Attell (2008)
Concept: A panel of three celebrities judge an amateur talent contest. Any acts deemed exceptionally bad would be stopped by a judge striking a large gong. Those that make it to the next round are given a score by each judge, totaling a maximum score of 30. The contestant who receives the highest score wins the grand prize.
The Gong Show (Now)
Hosted By: "Tommy Maitland" (2017 – )
The $25,000 Pyramid (Then)
Hosted By: Dick Clark (pictured, 1973-1988), Bill Cullen (1974-1979), John Davidson (1991), Donny Osmond (2002-2004), Mike Richards (2012)
Concept: Two contestants, each paired with a celebrity, must choose from a number of categories arranged in a pyramid. Each player needs to describe a word or phrase while his/her partner tries to guess what the words are.
The $100,000 Pyramid (Now)
Hosted By: Michael Strahan, (2017 – )