Game Shows FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About the Pioneers, the Scandals, the Hosts, and the Jackpots

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Amazingly, the most consistent entertainment medium of the 20th century might just be the game show. Transitioning from radio to TV seamlessly, game shows have evolved, grown, and changed with the times, capturing the minds, imaginations, and greed of viewers and players alike over the decades.

Game Shows FAQ is your one-stop shop for the history of the genre, chronicling everything from quiz-show scandals and production houses to changing trends, network leadership regimes, and the influential figures who shaped the game-show industry. From producers to hosts to contestants who amazed and baffled viewers, this book has everything you could ever want to know about the history of game shows.

Even reality shows get their moment in the sun as a modern iteration of game shows. From Chuck Barris to Howie Mandel, from College Bowl to new versions of Let’s Make a Deal or The $64,000 Pyramid, this book has you covered.

But perhaps mostly intriguingly, the book posits why some game shows worked and some didn’t, and how giving away a lot of money was rarely the way to success. Even as an avid fan of the genre, I learned a tremendous amount from this book.

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Author Adam Nedeff
Star Count 5/5
Format Trade
Page Count 388 pages
Publisher Applause Theatre & Cinema Books
Publish Date 2018-Jun-01
ISBN 9781617136559
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Issue January 2019
Category Reference


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