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Cool TV Video of the Day: This is Your Life

Earlier today, I wrote about ABC’s Trust Us With Your Life, which is clearly influenced by This is Your Life. Both shows have celebrities discuss their life in front of an audience. However, This is Your Life surprised celebrities with people from their past and revealed information that the famous person might not have wanted to reveal. Needless to say, many stars did not want to participate in the program and those who were forced to participate resented it. Even, Ralph Edwards, who was the host, did not want his life revealed on television. Legend has it that Edwards threatened to quit if the staff ever tried to turn the tables on him.

NBC aired This is Your Life from 1952-1961. The episode with Dick Clark is presented below in three parts, two of which are after the jump.

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Cool TV Video of the Day: Bob Barker Begins His Last Season as Host of TPiR

We’re starting a new daily feature at Wait! What’s a Dial?. Everyday, I will post a new video that somehow relates to television.

Today’s video is a master copy from Bob Barker’s reign as host of The Price is Right. Episode #3691K  is the first show of Bob Barker’s last season and also marks The Price is Right‘s 35 years on air in its current form. It aired on September 18, 2006.

The entire episode is below, so you may want to save it for later.

TV Shows You Should Know: Match Game

This is our tribute to Richard Dawson, who was a regular panelist from 1973 to 1978 and died last weekend.

The Match Game aired from 1962-1969 on NBC, but is not the version that everyone remembers due to its much bawdier remake that aired through the 70s and into the 80s on CBS. Gene Rayburn both the original Match Game and all of Match Game 7x (The x represents every year from 1973 to 1979 name of the show changed every year. Once 1980 came around the show dropped the year.)

Match Game had six celebrity panelists and two contestants. The winner would be the contestant who matched the most celebrities in two rounds. That person would go on to the Super Match for the chance to win up to 5,000 dollars (10,000 dollars in the nighttime version.). The permanent panelists for most of the show’s run were Richard Dawson, Brett Somers, and Charles Nelson Reilly. Other frequent panelists include: Betty White, her husband and Password host Allen Ludden, writer Fanny Flag, Gary Burghoff, and Nipsey Russell.

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