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9th May '15 5:09:57 AM SeptimusHeap
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GameShow[=/=]PanelGame hybrid created by Creator/MarkGoodson-Bill Todman Productions. A loose {{revival}} of HeSaidSheSaid, it was hosted by Bert Convy and saw three celebrity couples trying to match answers. Only one half of each couple played the game onstage; the other half was placed offstage with headphones.

Originally, the show used a format wherein Convy would ask a question, and whichever spouse was onstage would ring in and relate a similar experience. If the offstage half could match the description given a one- or two-word clue, s/he would receive a cash award. These questions alternated with "''Tattletales'' Quickies", or multiple-choice questions involving incidents in the couples' lives. In June 1974, the format was retooled to include only the "Quickie" clues. On all versions, the game was played in four rounds -- two with the husbands onstage, and two with the wives onstage. Any money won by the celebrity couples was divided among StudioAudience members sitting in sections that corresponded to that couple red, yellow (or "banana", as Convy called it), and blue.

The show ran from 1974 to 1978 on Creator/{{CBS}} (with a concurrent syndicated run in the 1977-78 season) and was brought back from 1982 to 1984, again with Convy as host. This version was replaced in June 1984 with ''Series/BodyLanguage'', another Creator/MarkGoodson creation and another revival (this one of 1975's ''Showoffs'').
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!!GameShowTropes in use:
* Personnel:
** TheAnnouncer: Jack Clark announced in 1974, followed by Gene Wood for the rest of the original series. Johnny Olson announced the revival.
** GameShowHost: Bert Convy. Occasionally, he would sit on the panel (with his then-wife, Anne) and hand hosting duties over to another Goodson-Todman host (usually [[Series/MatchGame Gene Rayburn]]).
** StudioAudience: The audience was divided into "rooting" sections corresponding to each celebrity. Every audience member received a share of the money allotted to the corresponding celebrity couple, with a bonus if that couple won the game.
* SoundProofBooth: While the husbands were onstage, the wives were in a different room wearing headphones, and then brought "onscreen" via closed-circuit television.
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!!This show provides examples of:
* AdvertisingCampaigns: One GSN promo featured some couples laughing as they were introduced, after which the date of their future divorce popped up on the screen. The tagline? "Nothing Ruins a Marriage Quicker than a Tattletale."
* TheBeard: Charles Nelson Reilly and Dick Sargent appeared for a week with "their gals", Marcia Wallace and Fannie Flagg.
* ColourCodedMultiplayer: The aforementioned Red-Banana-Blue motif.
* FishEyeLens: Used in the intro.
* GuestHost: Convy wanted to sit on the panel, so a rotation of guest hosts ensued.
* InSeriesNickname: "Banana" for the yellow section of the audience. Orson Bean went one step further and called the red section "the Pimentos", although this usually didn't stick.
* ObviousBeta: The 1969-70 ''HeSaidSheSaid'', hosted by Joe Garagiola. Bert Convy and wife Anne appeared as a celebrity couple in a few episodes.
** When ''Tattletales'' was being developed for CBS, its original title was ''Celebrity Match Mates'', and Gene Rayburn was to host it. But Gene landed the ''MatchGame'' reboot, and when the show was renamed as ''Tattletales'', the host job went to Convy.
*** Going back even further, before becoming ''He Said, She Said'', the show was developed in 1963 for NBC as ''It Had to Be You''. It didn't sell, so it was held off for six years.
* WritersCannotDoMath: At the end of each show, the highest-scoring couple received a $1,000 bonus. If two couples tied for the high score, each received a $500 bonus. A three-way tie was more...problematic, getting rounded up to $334.
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25th Feb '14 4:42:16 PM Gimere
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27th Aug '13 12:22:43 PM SeptimusHeap
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* AdvertisingCampaigns: One GSN promo featured some couples laughing as they were introduced, after which the date of their future divorce popped up on the screen. The tagline? "Nothing Ruins a Marriage Quicker than a Tattletale."



* NotableCommercialCampaigns: One GSN promo featured some couples laughing as they were introduced, after which the date of their future divorce popped up on the screen. The tagline? "Nothing Ruins a Marriage Quicker than a Tattletale."
5th Mar '13 5:41:03 PM JIKTV
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GameShow[=/=]PanelGame hybrid created by MarkGoodson-Bill Todman Productions. A loose {{revival}} of HeSaidSheSaid, it was hosted by Bert Convy and saw three celebrity couples trying to match answers. Only one half of each couple played the game onstage; the other half was placed offstage with headphones.

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GameShow[=/=]PanelGame hybrid created by MarkGoodson-Bill Creator/MarkGoodson-Bill Todman Productions. A loose {{revival}} of HeSaidSheSaid, it was hosted by Bert Convy and saw three celebrity couples trying to match answers. Only one half of each couple played the game onstage; the other half was placed offstage with headphones.



The show ran from 1974 to 1978 on Creator/{{CBS}} (with a concurrent syndicated run in the 1977-78 season) and was brought back from 1982 to 1984, again with Convy as host. This version was replaced in June 1984 with ''Series/BodyLanguage'', another Mark Goodson creation and another revival (this one of 1975's ''Showoffs'').

to:

The show ran from 1974 to 1978 on Creator/{{CBS}} (with a concurrent syndicated run in the 1977-78 season) and was brought back from 1982 to 1984, again with Convy as host. This version was replaced in June 1984 with ''Series/BodyLanguage'', another Mark Goodson Creator/MarkGoodson creation and another revival (this one of 1975's ''Showoffs'').



** GameShowHost: Bert Convy. Occasionally, he would sit on the panel (with his then-wife, Anne) and hand hosting duties over to another Goodson-Todman host (usually [[MatchGame Gene Rayburn]]).

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** GameShowHost: Bert Convy. Occasionally, he would sit on the panel (with his then-wife, Anne) and hand hosting duties over to another Goodson-Todman host (usually [[MatchGame [[Series/MatchGame Gene Rayburn]]).
25th Aug '12 5:13:06 AM FELH2
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The show ran from 1974 to 1978 on {{CBS}} (with a concurrent syndicated run in the 1977-78 season) and was brought back from 1982 to 1984, again with Convy as host. This version was replaced in June 1984 with ''Series/BodyLanguage'', another Mark Goodson creation and another revival (this one of 1975's ''Showoffs'').

to:

The show ran from 1974 to 1978 on {{CBS}} Creator/{{CBS}} (with a concurrent syndicated run in the 1977-78 season) and was brought back from 1982 to 1984, again with Convy as host. This version was replaced in June 1984 with ''Series/BodyLanguage'', another Mark Goodson creation and another revival (this one of 1975's ''Showoffs'').



* Personnel:
** TheAnnouncer: Jack Clark announced in 1974, followed by Gene Wood for the rest of the original series. Johnny Olson announced the revival.
** GameShowHost: Bert Convy. Occasionally, he would sit on the panel (with his then-wife, Anne) and hand hosting duties over to another Goodson-Todman host (usually [[MatchGame Gene Rayburn]]).
** StudioAudience: The audience was divided into "rooting" sections corresponding to each celebrity. Every audience member received a share of the money allotted to the corresponding celebrity couple, with a bonus if that couple won the game.
* SoundProofBooth: While the husbands were onstage, the wives were in a different room wearing headphones, and then brought "onscreen" via closed-circuit television.

to:

* * Personnel:
** ** TheAnnouncer: Jack Clark announced in 1974, followed by Gene Wood for the rest of the original series. Johnny Olson announced the revival.
** ** GameShowHost: Bert Convy. Occasionally, he would sit on the panel (with his then-wife, Anne) and hand hosting duties over to another Goodson-Todman host (usually [[MatchGame Gene Rayburn]]).
** ** StudioAudience: The audience was divided into "rooting" sections corresponding to each celebrity. Every audience member received a share of the money allotted to the corresponding celebrity couple, with a bonus if that couple won the game.
* * SoundProofBooth: While the husbands were onstage, the wives were in a different room wearing headphones, and then brought "onscreen" via closed-circuit television.



* TheBeard: Charles Nelson Reilly and Dick Sargent appeared for a week with "their gals", Marcia Wallace and Fannie Flagg.
* ColourCodedMultiplayer: The aforementioned Red-Banana-Blue motif.
* FishEyeLens: Used in the intro.
* GuestHost: Convy wanted to sit on the panel, so a rotation of guest hosts ensued.
* InSeriesNickname: "Banana" for the yellow section of the audience. Orson Bean went one step further and called the red section "the Pimentos", although this usually didn't stick.
* NotableCommercialCampaigns: One GSN promo featured some couples laughing as they were introduced, after which the date of their future divorce popped up on the screen. The tagline? "Nothing Ruins a Marriage Quicker than a Tattletale."
* ObviousBeta: The 1969-70 ''HeSaidSheSaid'', hosted by Joe Garagiola. Bert Convy and wife Anne appeared as a celebrity couple in a few episodes.

to:

* * TheBeard: Charles Nelson Reilly and Dick Sargent appeared for a week with "their gals", Marcia Wallace and Fannie Flagg.
* * ColourCodedMultiplayer: The aforementioned Red-Banana-Blue motif.
* * FishEyeLens: Used in the intro.
* * GuestHost: Convy wanted to sit on the panel, so a rotation of guest hosts ensued.
* * InSeriesNickname: "Banana" for the yellow section of the audience. Orson Bean went one step further and called the red section "the Pimentos", although this usually didn't stick.
* * NotableCommercialCampaigns: One GSN promo featured some couples laughing as they were introduced, after which the date of their future divorce popped up on the screen. The tagline? "Nothing Ruins a Marriage Quicker than a Tattletale."
* * ObviousBeta: The 1969-70 ''HeSaidSheSaid'', hosted by Joe Garagiola. Bert Convy and wife Anne appeared as a celebrity couple in a few episodes.



* WritersCannotDoMath: At the end of each show, the highest-scoring couple received a $1,000 bonus. If two couples tied for the high score, each received a $500 bonus. A three-way tie was more...problematic, getting rounded up to $334.

to:

* * WritersCannotDoMath: At the end of each show, the highest-scoring couple received a $1,000 bonus. If two couples tied for the high score, each received a $500 bonus. A three-way tie was more...problematic, getting rounded up to $334.
11th Jun '12 11:14:56 PM Green_lantern40
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GameShow[=/=]PanelGame hybrid created by MarkGoodson-Bill Todman Productions, hosted by Bert Convy, in which three celebrity couples tried to match answers. Only one half of each couple played the game onstage; the other half was placed offstage with headphones.

Originally, the show used a format wherein Convy would ask a question, and whichever spouse was onstage would ring in and relate a similar experience. (This was the basic premise of the original version, HeSaidSheSaid.) If the offstage half could match the description given a one- or two-word clue, s/he would receive a cash award. These questions alternated with "''Tattletales'' Quickies", or multiple-choice questions involving incidents in the couples' lives. In June 1974, the format was retooled to include only the "Quickie" clues. On all versions, the game was played in four rounds -- two with the husbands onstage, and two with the wives onstage. Any money won by the celebrity couples was divided among StudioAudience members sitting in sections that corresponded to that couple red, yellow (or "banana", as Convy called it), and blue.

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GameShow[=/=]PanelGame hybrid created by MarkGoodson-Bill Todman Productions, Productions. A loose {{revival}} of HeSaidSheSaid, it was hosted by Bert Convy, in which Convy and saw three celebrity couples tried trying to match answers. Only one half of each couple played the game onstage; the other half was placed offstage with headphones.

Originally, the show used a format wherein Convy would ask a question, and whichever spouse was onstage would ring in and relate a similar experience. (This was the basic premise of the original version, HeSaidSheSaid.) If the offstage half could match the description given a one- or two-word clue, s/he would receive a cash award. These questions alternated with "''Tattletales'' Quickies", or multiple-choice questions involving incidents in the couples' lives. In June 1974, the format was retooled to include only the "Quickie" clues. On all versions, the game was played in four rounds -- two with the husbands onstage, and two with the wives onstage. Any money won by the celebrity couples was divided among StudioAudience members sitting in sections that corresponded to that couple red, yellow (or "banana", as Convy called it), and blue.
20th Apr '12 8:13:18 PM Twentington
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* ScrewedByTheNetwork: Somewhat. ''Tattletales'' airing at 4:00 PM was the companion show to ''MatchGame'' on CBS, airing at 3:30. In June 1975, CBS moved ''Tattletales'' to 11:00 where it gained a number of affiliates that blacked it out at 4:00, but it followed ''Gambit'' and viewers were rather lost on the chemistry. Eight weeks later, ''Tattletales'' was moved back to the afternoon, this time at 3:30 (with ''Match Game'' at 3:00) and it became the second highest rated daytime show. By December, both shows were back at the original times (''Tattletales'' was displaced by ''Musical Chairs'', and would displace ''Give-N-Take'', which was shoved to the later afternoon so ''ThePriceIsRight'' could expand to an hour). During its last three months of its original run (December 1977 - March 1978), ''Tattletales'' was aired at 10 AM which by that time had low clearances from CBS affiliates.
15th Mar '12 9:24:50 AM Twentington
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* ColourCodedMultiplayer: The aforementioned Red-[[strike:Yellow]] Banana-Blue motif.

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* ColourCodedMultiplayer: The aforementioned Red-[[strike:Yellow]] Banana-Blue Red-Banana-Blue motif.



* GuestHost: Convy wanted to sit on the panel, so a rotation of guest hosts ensued.



* ''LoversLounge'': The 2000-01 {{GSN}} programming block featured the show regularly. Some celebrities, such as Orson Bean and Martin Milner, appeared in-studio with the ''Lover's Lounge'' hosts and reacted to their ''Tattletales'' appearance as it was shown.



* RuleOfThree: Three audience rooting sections, three celebrity couples, and three ways to award each question's value.
6th Oct '11 7:26:30 PM CorahsUncle
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GameShow / PanelGame hybrid created by MarkGoodson-Bill Todman Productions, hosted by Bert Convy, in which three celebrity couples tried to match answers. Only one half of each couple played the game onstage; the other half was placed offstage with headphones.

to:

GameShow / PanelGame GameShow[=/=]PanelGame hybrid created by MarkGoodson-Bill Todman Productions, hosted by Bert Convy, in which three celebrity couples tried to match answers. Only one half of each couple played the game onstage; the other half was placed offstage with headphones.



The show ran from 1974-78 on {{CBS}} (with a concurrent syndicated run from 1977-78) and was brought back from 1982-84, again with Convy as host. This version was replaced in June 1984 with ''Series/BodyLanguage'', another Mark Goodson creation and another revival (this one of 1975's ''Showoffs'').

to:

The show ran from 1974-78 1974 to 1978 on {{CBS}} (with a concurrent syndicated run from 1977-78) in the 1977-78 season) and was brought back from 1982-84, 1982 to 1984, again with Convy as host. This version was replaced in June 1984 with ''Series/BodyLanguage'', another Mark Goodson creation and another revival (this one of 1975's ''Showoffs'').



!!GameShow Tropes in use:

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!!GameShow Tropes !!GameShowTropes in use:



* ColourCodedForYourConvenience: The aforementioned Red-[[strike:Yellow]] Banana-Blue motif.

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* ColourCodedForYourConvenience: ColourCodedMultiplayer: The aforementioned Red-[[strike:Yellow]] Banana-Blue motif.



** When ''Tattletales'' was being developed for CBS, its original title was ''Celebrity Match Mates,'' and Gene Rayburn was to host it. But Gene landed the MatchGame reboot, and when the show was renamed as ''Tattletales,'' the host job went to Convy.
*** Going back even further, before becoming ''He Said, She Said,'' the show was developed in 1963 for NBC as ''It Had To Be You.'' It didn't sell, so it was held off for six years.

to:

** When ''Tattletales'' was being developed for CBS, its original title was ''Celebrity Match Mates,'' Mates'', and Gene Rayburn was to host it. But Gene landed the MatchGame ''MatchGame'' reboot, and when the show was renamed as ''Tattletales,'' ''Tattletales'', the host job went to Convy.
*** Going back even further, before becoming ''He Said, She Said,'' Said'', the show was developed in 1963 for NBC as ''It Had To to Be You.'' You''. It didn't sell, so it was held off for six years.



* ScrewedByTheNetwork: Somewhat. ''Tattletales'' airing at 4:00 PM was the companion show to ''MatchGame'' on CBS, airing at 3:30. In June 1975, CBS moved ''Tattletales'' to 11:00 where it gained a number of affiliates that blacked it out at 4:00, but it followed ''Gambit'' and viewers were rather lost on the chemistry. Eight weeks later, ''Tattletales'' was moved back to the afternoon, this time at 3:30 (with ''Match Game'' at 3:00) and it became the second highest rated daytime show. By December, both shows were back at the original times (''Tattletales'' was displaced by ''Musical Chairs'', and would displace ''Give-N-Take'', which was shoved to the later afternoon so ''ThePriceIsRight'' could expand to an hour). During its last three months of its original run (Dec. 1977 - Mar. 1978), ''Tattletales'' was aired at 10 AM which by that time had low clearances from CBS affiliates.

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* ScrewedByTheNetwork: Somewhat. ''Tattletales'' airing at 4:00 PM was the companion show to ''MatchGame'' on CBS, airing at 3:30. In June 1975, CBS moved ''Tattletales'' to 11:00 where it gained a number of affiliates that blacked it out at 4:00, but it followed ''Gambit'' and viewers were rather lost on the chemistry. Eight weeks later, ''Tattletales'' was moved back to the afternoon, this time at 3:30 (with ''Match Game'' at 3:00) and it became the second highest rated daytime show. By December, both shows were back at the original times (''Tattletales'' was displaced by ''Musical Chairs'', and would displace ''Give-N-Take'', which was shoved to the later afternoon so ''ThePriceIsRight'' could expand to an hour). During its last three months of its original run (Dec. (December 1977 - Mar. March 1978), ''Tattletales'' was aired at 10 AM which by that time had low clearances from CBS affiliates.
6th Oct '11 7:10:27 PM djbj
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* {{Synthesizeritis}}: The [[http://www.gameshowthemesongs.net/sounds/Tattletales/Tattletales%201974.mp3 1970s]] theme, in all its Moog-a-licious glory.
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