|NBC Daytime, October 31, 1983 – July 27, 1984|
|44 minutes (60 Minutes with commercials)|
|Gene Rayburn (Match Game Half) and Jon Bauman (Hollywood Squares Half)|
|NBC Studios, Burbank, California|
The Match Game-Hollywood Squares Hour was a short-lived fusion of Match Game and Hollywood Squares into an hour-long show. The first half would be The Match Game and the second half would be Hollywood Squares.
Two new contestants played the Match Game half of the show. Just like Match Game all by itself, the object of the game was to match as many of the celebrities as they can. At the beginning of each round, one contestant had a choice of two questions (A or B) leaving the other one for the other contestant. Each contestant was read a statement with a blank at the end or near the end. Then the six celebrities wrote down their answers to fill in the blank. When finished, the contestant in control gave an answer of his/her own after which the stars revealed their answers. Each time the contestant matched he/she scored a point but each celebrity can only be matched one time. Like Match Game PM the game was played in three rounds and the player who had matched the most celebrities at the end of round three won the game. If the game ended in a tie, a Super Match style question was read and the contestants were shown four possible answers which were faced away from the stars. Each contestant chose an answer by number and then the stars one at a time gave verbal answers. The player whose answer was mentioned first won the game. The winner of the game won the right to play Hollywood Squares against the show's returning champion.
In the Hollywood Squares half, Jon & Gene traded places with each other and an extra tier swung in to make room for three more stars. As in Hollywood Squares all by itself the object of the game was to get three stars in row. They do that by agreeing or disagreeing the stars' answers to questions, each time they do that correctly they capture a square and scored $25, but each time they do that incorrectly the square and money went to the opponent. The first player to get tic-tac-toe or get five stars wins the game and more money. The first game was worth $100 and every game thereafter was worth $100 more than the previous.
What makes this Hollywood Squares different from all the other versions are these rules:
- The champion played X and the challenger played O. This was the only version where sex does not matter.
- A contestant can actually win by default by having the opponent fail to block by missing the question.
- All questions were multiple choice & true or false, because Mark Goodson said no to writing bluffs for the celebrities.
- There was no secret square game
When time ran out, a school bell rang, and the player with the most money by that time won the match. If the match ended in a tie, one final question was played with the star of one contestant's choosing; if the contestant can agree or disagree correctly, he/she won the match; otherwise, the match went to the opponent. The winner of the match went to play the $30,000 Super Match. Both players kept the cash.
The Super Match was mostly the same as the original down to the host, for Gene Rayburn took over once again, but the Audience Match amounts were increased, and all nine stars participated.
A prior studio audience was asked to give its best response to a fill-in-the-blank phrase, and its three best answers were placed and hidden away on a game board. Each one was assigned a dollar amount according to the popularity of each answer; the top answer was worth $1,000, the middle answer was worth $500, and the least popular was worth $250. Once the question was revealed, the winning contestant selected three stars who gave their answers to help out the contestant. When the answers were given, the contestant then chose which answer to use or reject them all and give an answer of his/her own. When all was said and done, the answers were revealed one at a time starting with the least popular answer and ending with the most popular. If the contestant can match any of the answers, he/she won the money attached to the answer. If the player chose an answer that was not on the board, he/she earned $100.
Head to Head MatchEdit
In the Head to Head Match portion, the nine stars had numbered cards in front of them. Four of the stars have 10s, another four had 20s, but only one of them had a 30; those numbers affected the amount won in the Audience Match. The winning contestant chose which star to play with, at which point the chosen celeb revealed his/her number, and whatever the number revealed was multiplied to the Audience Match award won (ranging from $1,000 to $30,000). Host Rayburn then read another fill-in-the-blank phrase after which the chosen star wrote his/her answer. The winning contestant then gave his/her answer after which the chosen star revealed his/hers and if they match, the winning contestant won the grand cash prize.
In order to win the money, the contestant had to match his/her chosen celebrity's response exactly or it cannot be accepted; this meant that multiple forms of the same word, e.g. singular or plural, were usually accepted whereas synonyms were not.
Champions stayed on the show until they won five days in a row (for a possible payoff of $150,000 plus their Hollywood Squares winnings) or defeated.
- Hosts: Gene Rayburn and Jon Bauman
- Announcer: Gene Wood
- Producer: Robert Sherman
- Director: Marc Breslow
- Set Designer: Dennis Roof
- Music: Edd Kalehoff
- At the time, this replaced the equally short-lived game/talk hybrid show Fantasy hosted by Peter Marshall & Leslie Uggams.
- Bauman's first game show hosting gig was The Pop-'N-Rocker Game in syndication from 1983 until 1984.
- Before this show, Jon Bauman also appeared on Match Game as his alter ego named "Bowzer" of Sha Na Na.
- While one host hosted the appropriate half of the show, the other host sat on the panel.
- Due to conflicting ownership rights between Mark Goodson Productions and Orion Television (now MGM), The Match Game Hollywood Squares Hour has never been rerun on cable. However, it was announced that the digital subchannel Buzzr is planning on adding the series to its lineup later in 2019. A four-episode marathon consisting of Episodes 002 to 005 aired on February 17, 2019.
- Then current & future hosts Pat Sajak, Bob Eubanks, Chuck Woolery & Arsenio Hall guest-starred in some episodes.
- During the sweeps periods in February and May 1984, there would be a special home player game called the "Telephone Match", where a home viewer would be selected to play a special head-to-head match for a chance to win $5,000 plus a walk-on role on an NBC daytime soap opera.
The ticket plug would also be reused on The Price is Right as a showcase cue.
The main theme was also used in the British version of Price (formerly known as The New Price is Right) hosted by Bob Warman, it briefly aired on British channel Sky from 1989 until 1990.
This series exists in its entirety as it soon will be aired on Buzzr since February 17, 2019.
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