My Unsold Pilots

$50,000 A MINUTE (ABC, 2 pilots from 1985)-Geoff Edwards & Meredith MacRae:
Celebrities complete the hosts' sentences to form a question for their contestant partner, w/the winning team going on to play the "Double Talk" bonus round; guests in pilot A are Shelley Smith and Charlie Siebert, and guests in pilot B are Markie Post and Ed Begley, Jr. [both SM/245.1-2]

ACROSS THE BOARD (QUBE, 1977)-Nelson Davis: A kids' stunt show reminiscent of "Beat the Clock", w/an interactive element for home viewers. [SM]

BABBLE (NBC, 1984-Tom Kennedy:
A word communication game (which uses the "Celebrity Charades" theme) in which three regular panelists (Norm Crosby, Marcia Wallace, and James Hampton) attempt to convey the identity of a person/place/thing via cryptic clues, which a guest panel (Meredith MacRae, Brad Garrett, and Gwynne Gilford) must then ask questions about to try and help a contestant correctly solve it. [GSN]

BAMBOOZLE (ABC, 1985)-Bob Hilton:
A "TTTT" ripoff (w/an equally bad theme song!) in which three strange stories are told, and a panel of two celebrities and a contestant question the subjects to try and figure out which one is true; guests are Elaine Joyce and Stuart Pankin. [SM/147.2]

BEAT THE IRS (SYNDICATION, 1985)-Bob Goen:
Two contestants test their knowledge of money and taxes in an effort to earn money for their "taxable income" bank, w/a portion of that being eligible for "shelter", and the winner goes on to play the bonus round for the chance to win a Mercedes-Benz! [SM]

BEAT THE ODDS (ABC, 1975)-Chuck Henry:
A pilot for a revival of this obscure 60s word game: players are given a beginning and ending letter and must come up w/a word that fits the criteria, while trying to avoid the "Whammy". [SM/259.3]

BODY TALK (ABC, 1990)-Vicki Lawrence-Schultz:
Two teams, each consisting of two celebrities and a contestant, act out charades in this quasi-"Showoffs" revival, w/audience members joining in for the "Lineup" bonus round; guests are Elaine Joyce, Marcia Wallace, Richard Simmons, and Bill Kirchenbauer. [BZR]

BRAIN BLASTERS (PBS, 1998)-Tony Hill:
A kids' Q&A show in which a trio of three-member teams (each representing their school) compete in answering some challenging questions. [OB/362.5]

THE BUCK STOPS HERE (SYNDICATION, 1985)-Jim Peck:
Two couples answer questions to try and run a 60-second clock down to 0 and win big money in this exciting, but terrribly over-acted pilot. [SM/311.2]

CAUGHT IN THE ACT (ABC, 1975)-Jim Peck:
A funny, "Pyramid"-esque game from Bob Stewart in which celebrities name items that fit a certain subject; it's up to the players to "catch them in the act" and identify the subject, which isn't always easy because of the often misleading nature of those items! Guests are Anne Meara, *Bill Cullen*, Anita Gillette, Clifton Davis, and Stephanie Braxton. [SM/278.1]

CAUGHT IN THE ACT (NBC, 1979)-Jack Clark:
Two contestants compete in a game similar to "Pass the Buck" (which also uses that show's theme song!), alternating in naming items that fit a particular category; the player in control when time runs out is "caught in the act" and loses the round, while the winner goes on to play an endgame also similar to PtB's. [SM/278.2]

CELEBRITY DOUBLE DARE (1988)-Bruce Jenner:
An attempted adult version of the popular kids' game, w/some minor format differences and a car as the obstacle course grand prize; guests are Heidi Bohay and Scott Baio. [SM]

THE CELEBRITY GAME (CBS, 1968)-Bert Parks:
An attempted revival of H-Q's Squares precursor, only w/6 celebs and an endgame offering a car; guests are Michael Landon, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Jan Murray, Abby Dalton, Paul Lynde, and Gypsy Rose Lee [SM/747.8]

COMBINATION LOCK (1996)-Ross King:
An interesting game in which contestants answer questions for the chance to crack the safe and "unlock their fortune", while trying to avoid "the burglar"; filmed in the UK, this pilot is produced by ATGS's own John Ricci, Jr, which I hope I'll be able to take out of the "Unsold Pilots" category soon! [SM/35.10]

COP-OUT! (CBS, 1972)-Geoff Edwards:
Two contestants predict whether a celebrity's answer to a personal question is honest or a "cop-out" (hence the name); guests are Ann Elder, James Farentino, Michele Lee, Bill Bixby, Lois Nettleton, Larry Hovis, Della Reese, and Richard Dawson. [GSN/519.9]

CRITICAL DECISIONS (1990)-Eric Boardman:
A prediction game in which two contestants are shown video clips of common dilemmas, then try to determine the most popular of three possible responses to each, w/the help of three celebrities; guests are Michael Landon, Donna Mills, and William Shatner. [SM/794.6]

CROSSWORD (2 pilots from 1966)-George Fenneman:
An early ancestor of the game that would later become "The Cross-Wits"; guests in pilot 1 are Carolyn Jones and Michael Landon, and guests in pilot 2 are Tippi Hedren and Paul Lynde. [both KIN]

DECISIONS, DECISIONS (1979)-Bill Cullen:
A "Hot Potato"-type game played between two celeb/contestant teams where a question with six possible answers is asked, and one teammate chooses two answers at a time while his/her partner decides which answer is better (hence the title!); guests are Joyce Bulifant and David Letterman (end credits missing). [SM/D124.1]

DOCTOR IQ JR. (ABC, 1953):
A kids' version of the classic radio/TV quiz where audience members answer questions to win silver dollars; a pre-"J!" Art Fleming announces! [SM/278.4]

DOLLAR A SECOND (1981)-Bob Eubanks:
A dreadful attempt by Chuck Barris to revive the classic '50s show where a player tries to complete stunts before an "outside event" occurs and causes them to lose all their money. [GSN/519.13]

EVEYTHING'S RELATIVE (ABC, 2 pilots from 1980)-Jim Peck:
An attempted revival of the late 60s Nicholson-Muir family relationship game (w/a HORRIBLE set!). [both SM/246.2-3]

FINDERS KEEPERS (ABC, 1985)-"Nee-Fi" & "Sci-Fi":
Not to be confused w/the later Nickelodeon kids' GS, this outdoor competition features two teams (each consisting of one studio player and one on location) trying to decipher clues and locate "hidden treasures" in a particular American city. [SM]

FLASH FRAME (SYNDICATION, 4 pilots from 1984)-Bob Eubanks:
An entertainment quiz in which two teams compete to identify famous faces and film clips for the chance to possibly win a grand prize. [all SM/794.2-5]

FORTUNE HUNTERS (CBS, 1983)-Bob Hanley:
A 3-minute clip of a game in which four contestants compete for clues to the identity of the player known as "the faker", who holds $5,000, while the faker tries to protect his identity. [SM]

GAMBIT (ABC, taped 10/20/90)-Bob Eubanks:
This possible revival of the classic blackjack game features single contestants, a different bonus round, and a great set! [SM/D73.1]

GET RICH QUICK (taped 10/30/77)-Steve Edwards:
An early version of "Go" w/an odd bonus round (and a WAY too blue set!); guests are John Ritter, Debralee Scott, Robert Urich, and Lynnie Greene. [SM/246.1, also GSN/519.10]

GRILL ME (USA, 1996)-Jordan Brady:
Three celebrities compete in this pop culture Q&A game set in a diner, where the categories are "meals" and the payoffs are "prices"; guests are Dweezil Zappa, Susan Olsen, and Kristoff St. John. [OC/385.3]

THE HONEYMOON GAME (SYNDICATION, 1969)-Jim MacKrell:
Intended to be TV's first 90-minute GS (although, as per producer Jack Barry's opening pitch, the first half-hour is not shown due to its "weak format"), it's basically the 1968 TJW pilot w/couples; "categories" in game 2 are Bob Crane, Jaye P. Morgan, Edmund G. Brown, Don Drysdale, and Marc Copage. [SM]

HOW DO YOU LIKE YOUR EGGS? (QUBE, 4 pilots from 1977)-Bill Cullen:
Two couples compete in this low-budget "Family Feud" clone aired during the "experimental" stages of a pioneering Columbus-based cable TV system. [all SM]

IT HAD TO BE YOU (NBC, 1965)-Ed McMahon:
An early version of the G-T prediction game that later became "He Said, She Said", only w/civilian couples. [SM/794.1]

JACKPOT (CBS, 1984)-Nipsey Russell:
A pilot for a revival of the Bob Stewart riddle game; features a bonus round w/the "Double Talk" format, and the theme from another Stewart show, "The Love Experts". [SM/D73.3]

JUMBLE (1988)-Richard Kline:
A poorly-produced version of the classic scrambled word game (not to be confused w/the later FAM "InterActive Game"); guests are Bill Kirchenbauer and Alaina Reed. [SM]

KEY WITNESS (1959)-Vincent Price:
A dramatization featuring Price is acted out, and audience members are then asked questions about it, w/winners getting the chance to go for the "Jackpot Question" at the end. [SM/693.2]

KING OF THE HILL (taped 2/7/75)-Robert Earle:
An interesting Q&A game in which three challengers answer questions in order to reach the "King's Territory" and compete against the defending champ for the right to play the "Money Hill" round (a precursor to the Money Cards from "Card Sharks"); has some fun categories, an exciting theme song, and a great set! [SM/261.2]

LUCKY NUMBERS (2 pilots, taped 5/18/85)-Alex Trebek:
A "High Rollers" revival w/an odd format; Debbie Sue Maffett assists, and the theme song was later used on the Wink Martindale version of "HR". [both SM/246.4-5]

M'AMA, NON M'AMA (ABC, 2 pilots, taped 12/7/84)-Alex Trebek:
The original North American version of "Love Me, Love Me Not", w/4 panelists, bigger payoffs, and an entirely different set and music than the Ross Shafer version. [both SM/260.1-2]

MALCOLM (NBC, 1983)-Alex Trebek:
A bizarre Q&A game w/an animated title character who serves as both Alex's sidekick and a semi-partner to the contestants. [SM/842.1]

MATCHMATES (NBC, 1985)-Michael Burger:
Two couples compete for the chance at $10,000 in a game w/elements of "Match Game", "The Newlywed Game" and other formats, w/an endgame similar to the future Winner's Big Money Game from "$otC". [SM]

MONDAY NIGHT QUARTERBACK (1971)-Jerry Kramer:
A simulated football game in which two celebrity-football player teams try to predict the results of game clips in order to complete "plays" and score points; teams are Dick Martin & John Hadl vs. Peter Lawford & Myron Pottios. [GSN/132.6]

MONEY IN THE BLANK (CBS, 1987)-Kevin O'Connell:
A "Pyramid"-esque game in which one member of a celebrity/contestant team fills in a blank phrase to form a clue for their partner, w/the winning team playing an endgame similar to "Three On a Match"; guests are Teresa Ganzel and Nathan Cook. [SM/747.10]

NOW YOU SEE IT (SYNDICATION, pilot #2, taped 10/19/85)-Jack Clark:
A pilot for a revival of the Goodson-Todman word-search game w/teams, a "Pyramid"-esque maingame, and an awful neon-laden set (no video during end of game 2 and most of Solo Game, but audio is fine). [SM/260.5]

ON A ROLL (2 pilots from 1986)-David Sparks:
A dice game which combines elements of "WoF", "High Rollers", and "Super Password"; contestants solve words for the chance to roll the dice, the results of which reveal letters in clue words leading to the identity of a person/place/thing. [1 SM, 1 BZR]

PARTY LINE (NBC, 1983)-Gene Rayburn:
An early version of "Hot Streak" w/a different bonus round; one of the members of the women's team is Laura Chambers! [SM/311.1]

PASS/FAIL (NBC, 1986)-Edwin Newman:
A 10-minute demo of a "College Bowl"-type quiz in which two schools compete, with each team headed by a celebrity alumni of that college; guests are Carol Lawrence and David Groh. [SM]

PASS THE LINE (1954)-Cliff Saber:
A dull game that's basically "Finish the Story" w/drawings; guests are Jonathan Winters, "Erika", Jeff Cain, and Marge ?. [SM/1042.9]

PEOPLE ON TV (1990)-Jimmy Cefalo:
An entertainment quiz based on the magazine of the same name, whose over-scripting rivals that of "The Buck Stops Here". [SM/221.1]

PICTIONARY (2000)-Graham Elwood:
Two four-member family teams compete in another attempted TV version of the famous drawing game, for the chance at a top prize of $5,000. [SM]

PLAY FOR KEEPS! (CBS, 1955)-Sonny Fox:
Essentially a high-stakes "Winner Take All" variant from G-T, w/the current champ wagering any part of his/her current total in a best-of-5-questions game against a challenger. [BZR]

THE PLOT THICKENS (1963)-Jack Linkletter:
A cross between "TTTT" and a whodunit: the panel watches a dramatic playlet and then tries to guess which of 4 possible suspects is the real killer; panel is Dick Halley (PI), Stan Ross (civillian), Jan Sterling, and *Groucho Marx*. [SM]

PUZZLERS (NBC, 1980)-Pat Sajak:
A word game (which uses the "Mindreaders" theme) in which three challengers solve 2-word puzzles, w/help from a "picture" clue, for the chance to compete against the returning champion in a series of mini-games and play the "Photo Finish" round for $10,000. [SM]

RATE YOUR MATE (CBS, 1951)-Joey Adams:
An attempt to bring the popular radio quiz to TV, in which married couples attempt to predict if their spouse's answers to general knowledge questions will be right or wrong. [SM]

THE RIDDLERS (1977)-David Letterman:
A "Jackpot" variant from Bob Stewart (w/another too-blue set!) in which 5 contestants compete against 5 celebrities in answering riddles; guests are JoAnne Worley, Robert Urich, Joyce Bulifant, Michael McKean, and Debralee Scott. [GSN/519.16]

RUN FOR THE MONEY (1987)-Bill Rafferty:
An American version of the British Q&A show "Going for Gold", and also filmed on the set of its UK counterpart. [SM/73.3]

SAYS WHO? (1971)-Geoff Edwards:
A prediction game played between two three-member teams (2 celebs and a contestant) where a statement is read to one of the celebrities, and the other two must decide if the answer given relates to that celeb or the other; guests are Betsy Palmer, Anne Meara, *Bill Cullen*, and Peter Lawford. [GSN/519.15]

THE SCRABBLE CHALLENGE (GSN, 2002)-John O'Hurley: A pilot that has far more in common w/the classic board game than the popular 1980s GS which it inspired. [SM]

SECOND GUESSERS (1969)-Jack Carter:
Taped in Miami, this game features a celebrity predicting how the majority of a group of people will respond to a hypothetical question, w/an audience member attempting to "second guess" the celebrity and win a prize by deciding if the prediction is right or wrong; guest is Brenda Vaccaro. [GSN/519.11]

SENSE OR NONSENSE (1965)-Paul Winchell:
Two celebrity teams compete in this word communication game where a word is given and, using the initial letters of that word, must construct or identify a descriptive phrase that pertains to a particular category, w/a jury then ruling if the phrase formed is "sense" or "nonsense" (hence the title); guests are Connie Hines, Stubby Kaye, Richard Long, and Chris Nelson. [SM]

SIMON SAYS... (NBC, 1971)-Bob Barker:
An audience-participation game in which a giant computer (the "Simon" of the title) asks audience members chosen by Bob to identify some obscure facts about themselves; those who succeed are rewarded with fabuolous prizes! [SM/378.1]

THE SMART ALECKS (1977)-Allen Ludden:
Would-be inventors show off their creations to a celebrity panel to try and win funding money from audience members; panel is David Letterman, Pat Carroll, and Don Meredith. [SM/D124.2]

SPLIT DECISION (NBC, pilot #2, taped 7/11/85)-Jim McKrell:
Two players answer questions to try and build a sequential row of 3 playing cards; the first player to win 3 hands goes on to play the "Pot Limit" round for big money and prizes. [SM/278.3]

SPLIT SECOND (1990)-Robb Weller:
Virtually the same as the Monty Hall version, only w/a better set, a bad host, and a different bonus round. [SM/146.10]

STAR PLAY (1988)-Tom Kennedy: A pitchfilm and run-through for this all-star charades game. [SM]

STAR WORDS (CBS, 1983)-Nipsey Russell:
A "Tattletales"-style word communication game in which one member from each of two celebrity/contestant teams picks two words from five possible choices, w/their partner trying to come up w/an answer relating to those words which they think their teammate will say; guests are Patty Duke Astin and Charles Nelson Reilly. [BZR]

THE $10,000 SWEEP (ABC, 1972)-Jack Clark:
Primitve "Pyramid": the host asks a question, and if the correct answer is given, it will lead his/her teammate to the identity of a related person, place, or thing; if a team makes a "sweep" by winning 4 games in a row, they win $10,000! [GSN/519.12]

TKO (ABC, 1989)-Peter Tomarken:
Three contestants compete in a "Blockbusters"-style game, w/the added gimmick of "Knockout" questions, where correct answers allow them to steal money from an opponent! [BZR]

TALKING PICTURES (CBS, taped 2/25/68)-Allen Ludden:
"Hollywood Squares" meets "Concentration" in this memory game; guests are Ann Miller, Peter Lawford, Angela Cartwright, Lorne Greene, Jan Sterling, Stubby Kaye, Agnes Moorehead, Tommy Smothers, Carol Burnett, and Paul Winchell. [SM/259.1]

TEMPTATION (taped 8/18/81)-Jed Allan:
A neat game w/a cool set, great music, and an interesting format that starts w/100 audience members, each having to give up what they've won for the chance at bigger prizes (hence the name), and the surivivor goes for a pair of Cadilacs! [SM/245.5]

TOP SECRET (CBS, pilot #3, taped 3/4/88)-Wink Martindale:
An interesting game where three players assume the "identities" of people, places, and things, then try to conceal them from their opponents (check out the giant briefcase used in the bonus round!). [SM/259.5]

20 QUESTIONS (ABC, 1976)-Jack Clark:
A pilot for a revival of the classic parlor game and '50s panel show that just doesn't work too well; guests are Kelly Garrett (who?), Tony Roberts, Anne Meara, and Gene Shalit. [SM/71.11]

21 (1982)-Jim Lange:
This pilot for a revival of the classic B&E big money quiz proves that some games only work if they're rigged. However, it does feature cool moving isolation booths and theme music by the Alan Parsons Project! [SM/D74.5]

TWISTERS (1982)-Jim Perry:
A fun game that combines shuffleboard w/elements of "Jackpot" and "Your Number's Up", which also uses the future "$50K a Minute" pilot maingame as its bonus round. [GSN/519.14]

WE'VE GOT YOUR NUMBER (1975)-Jack Barry: An interesting dice game w/a cool set and a $25,000+ grand prize! [SM/309.4]

WHAT ARE MY TRUE COLORS? (ABC, 1987)-Mike Jerrick:
A prediction game (w/a horrible set!) in which two contestants try to predict how a celebrity would react in a hypothetical situation, based on his/her personality (or "true colors", hence the name); guests are Richard Simmons and Leslie Charleson. [OC/331.7]

WHAT DO YOU WANT? (1961)-Groucho Marx: A revised version of "YBYL", but more geared towards the interview aspect. [SM]

YOU BET YOUR LIFE (pilot #3, taped 8/3/88)-Richard Dawson:
A pilot for yet another revival of the classic 50s game show where players are interviewed and try to win money by "saying the secret word" (end credits missing). [SM/269.4]

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