Another short-lived NBC treasure...
Posted 20 May 2012 - 05:05 AM
Jay Wolpert was great for thinking "outside the box" when it came to quiz shows such as this, and "Whew!". The last out of the box game show concept prior to these was probably Merv Griffin's Jeopardy!
I think "Hit Man" would be a great game for classrooms to use as a fun way to promote better comprehension on subjects. Hit Man was entertaining and educational, and it also had a lot of visually appealing and colorful elements to the game. Rod Roddy announcing and Peter Tomarken hosting really made "Hit Man" a diamond in the rough. It's too bad the viewership for this game was so low. I've been enjoying the few episodes that I have been able to find on youtube.
What was/is your take on "Hit Man"? Do you remember when it debuted on NBC? I happened to have gotten very sick over the 1982 winter recess I had from school, and I was actually home sick on Monday, January 3rd, 1983, so I was able to watch the debut of $ale of the Century, Hit Man & Just Men. Sadly, in doing so, I missed the debut of Plinko.
I know the very talented Randy West frequents this board, and that he was the last champion on the show. If memory serves, he won $1,200. I'd love to hear from you Randy about your impressions of the game, the set, Peter, Rod, etc. It must have been disappointing to not have been able to defend your championship.
Posted 20 May 2012 - 05:57 AM
Posted 20 May 2012 - 08:07 AM
I think that's what ultimately caused "Hit Man" to have a short shelf life; taking a memory quiz where you had to watch the whole show to play the game, and wrapping it around a video game theme that most adults had not embraced yet turned off possible viewers from either side. Also, the fact that it replaced a soap and opposite TPIR..... chances are whatever show NBC had placed there did not have much of a chance anyway.
Posted 20 May 2012 - 08:10 AM
...I've still got my copy of the Encyclopedia of TV Game Shows, Third Edition, that was bought for me in 2000 or so (even though it is now very much dog-eared and is missing its first several pages and last several pages)...
...Dang, guys, I'm probably starting to sound like a younger version of Randy Amasia [God rest him, I remember seeing his Whew! page when he was alive, and hearing the tragedy of how his search for his second show ended]...
...I better shut up now, before I get flagged for the world's worst run-on post or else completely hijacking the thread...
Posted 20 May 2012 - 11:21 AM
Also, I like the idea of having the two winning contestants in the first round compete against the returning champion in the second.
Posted 20 May 2012 - 11:29 AM
Posted 20 May 2012 - 11:46 AM
When I first heard him do a game show, I thought, "Wait - that's the guy that does the opening on Soap?"