Jim did not last long as the host of Tic Tac Dough, but I think he did an okay job. It is just difficult to fill the shoes of someone like Wink Martindale. In the early 1990s Patrick Wayne would be involved with trying to get the show running again, but that last just about as long a Caldwell’s short stint.
Oh sweet nostalgia, you deliver gems from the most unlikely sources. Need proof that it does not take long for something to appear “retro”? Enter “Click”. I had never seen or heard of “Click”, but I was surfing YouTube last night when I found it and now I am obsessed. The show, which lasted for about 2 years centered around computers and this new thing the kids call the Internet. It was hosted by Ryan Seacrest of American Idol fame and if you doubt its magnificence, wait till they login on the motherboard and download the icons. So approach the mouse and enjoy.
As a kid I went through being a news junkie phase which coincided with the brief run of the TV show Headline Chasers hosted by Wink Martindale with Johnny Gilbert as announcer. The show was quiz based and featured stuff “plucked from the headlines”. It only lasted a year, but I was watching it as often as possible. I still think it is a great idea for a game show that could work well on a cable news channel.
Back in the 1980s and 1990s, Love Connection was an American television game show, hosted by Chuck Woolery. In the show, singles attempted to connect with a compatible partner in what was a reversed and modernized variant of The Dating Game. I say reversed, because instead of the whole point of the show being the meeting which would lead to the date, in Love Connection, they had already had the date and you get to see the after effects. The show debuted in syndication on September 19, 1983 and ran until July 1, 1994, (more than 2,000 episodes). Reruns continued to air until September 8, 1995. In 1998 the series was relaunched for one season with Pat Bullard as host. It did not catch on like the original.
In this classic episode, someone attempts to make a Love Connection…
This classic episode of Hollywood Squares was chock full of luminaries like Michael Landon, Lee Grant, Redd Foxx, Vincent Price, Wally Cox, Rose Marie, Mel Brooks, Linda Day George, and Paul Lynde. This episode has so many great comedians in attendance, but it is not surprising that the square who steals the show, is Paul Lynde, who truly understood and mastered the medium.