History Series / TheNamesTheSame

4th Nov '16 4:25:42 PM WarioBarker
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Goodson-Todman GameShow that ran from 1951-55 and originally hosted by Robert Q. Lewis, in which a panel of three celebrities tried to guess a person's name with the knowledge that it's shared with a person (Creator/BillCullen), place (Louis Ville), or thing (A. Harem).

Each panelist could ask ten questions before they were declared "stumped", but could pass at any time. The game ended when A) the name was guessed, B) the host called time, or C) the panel ran out of questions. Each stumped panelist wrote a personal check for $25 to the contestant.

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Goodson-Todman GameShow that ran from 1951-55 and originally hosted by Robert Q. Lewis, in which a panel of three (later four) celebrities tried to guess a person's name with the knowledge that it's shared with a person (Creator/BillCullen), place (Louis Ville), or thing (A. Harem).

Each panelist could ask ten questions before they were declared "stumped", but could pass at any time. The game ended when A) the name was guessed, B) the host called time, or C) the panel ran out of questions. Each stumped panelist wrote a personal check for $25 (later $20) to the contestant.



The show had a limited premise and a less-than-stable panel (only Joan Alexander stayed through the entire run, and even then she didn't appear on every episode), but the then-young Creator/{{ABC}} network needed hits and ''Name'' was one of the few. The show was canned on August 31, 1954 (with Lewis and the panel of Gene Rayburn, Bess Myerson, Roger Price, and Alexander saying goodbye), only to be brought back on October 18 when its replacement bombed but Lewis wasn't brought back, resulting in a Season 4 which not only had its usual less-than-stable panel but a less-than-stable emcee chair, a less-than-stable format, and a few sour moments:

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The show had a limited premise and a less-than-stable panel (only Joan Alexander stayed through the entire run, and even then she didn't appear on every episode), but the then-young Creator/{{ABC}} network needed hits and ''Name'' was one of the few. The show was canned on August 31, 1954 (with Lewis and the panel of Gene Rayburn, Bess Myerson, Roger Price, and Alexander saying goodbye), only to be brought back on October 18 4 when its replacement bombed but Lewis wasn't brought back, resulting in a Season 4 which not only had its usual less-than-stable panel but a less-than-stable emcee chair, a less-than-stable format, and a few sour moments:
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** During Ralston's sponsorship, the show used an animated opening set to the song "Meet Me in St. Louis" (where Ralston's headquarters was located).
* ADayInTheLimelight: Among the show's guest hosts were Conrad Nagel (April 7, 1953), Brian Aherne (November 3-10, 1953), and [[AscendedExtra Clifton Fadiman]] (June 8-22, 1954).

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** During Ralston's sponsorship, For the last few months of the run, the show used an animated opening set to the song "Meet Me in St. Louis" (where Ralston's headquarters was located).
* ADayInTheLimelight: Among the show's known guest hosts were Conrad Nagel (April 7, 1953), Brian Aherne (November 3-10, 1953), and [[AscendedExtra Clifton Fadiman]] (June 8-22, 1954).



** The panel area was expanded to occupy four celebrities beginning on February 7, 1954, which decreased the payouts to $20 per stumped celebrity...and as a result, stumping the panel only awarded $5 more than it had prior to the change.
** Beginning on January 10, 1955 the show began using a segment where a relative of a famous celebrity would appear, and the panel had to guess the celebrity. Ill-fitting for the show's premise, and not even played every week, it was discontinued on June 13.

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** The panel area was expanded to occupy four celebrities beginning on February 7, 1954, which decreased the payouts to $20 per stumped celebrity...celeb...and as a result, stumping the panel only awarded $5 more than it had prior to the change.
** Beginning on On January 10, 1955 the show began using 1955, a segment debuted where a relative of a famous celebrity would appear, and the panel had to guess the celebrity. Ill-fitting for the show's premise, and not even played every week, it was discontinued on June 13.



-->'''Creator/MarkGoodson''': So Abe was axed. When I informed Burrows of the bad news, he understood. He'd been aware of the situation and thanked us for keeping him on as long as we had. Luckily, Abe was not really damaged since he had a major hit on Broadway.

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-->'''Creator/MarkGoodson''': -->'''Creator/MarkGoodson:''' So Abe was axed. When I informed Burrows of the bad news, he understood. He'd been aware of the situation and thanked us for keeping him on as long as we had. Luckily, Abe was not really damaged since he had a major hit on Broadway.
6th Mar '16 1:24:26 AM Gimere
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* AnimatedCreditsOpening: Episodes sponsored by Chicken of the Sea featured a short animation of the brand's mermaid mascot "pinging" the different types of products (tuna; strained tuna and dietetic tuna; oyster stew and oysters; and frozen tuna pie) as the announcer said them. This was clipped out of GSN airings since 2004 in the network's quest for more current commercial space.

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* AnimatedCreditsOpening: AnimatedCreditsOpening:
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Episodes sponsored by Chicken of the Sea featured a short animation of the brand's mermaid mascot "pinging" the different types of products (tuna; strained tuna and dietetic tuna; oyster stew and oysters; and frozen tuna pie) as the announcer said them. This was clipped out of GSN airings since 2004 in the network's quest for more current commercial space.



* ProductPlacement: Compared to some of ''Name''[='s=] fellow shows of the era, the sponsor elements were very low-key, consisting of mainly just a company icon (an "S" for Swanson, the mermaid for Chicken of the Sea, etc.) on the default positions of the scoreboard. Swanson presented live in-studio frying of its chicken for its commercials, and bits remain in some GSN airings of Lewis reacting to the tempting aroma of fried chicken.

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* ProductPlacement: ProductPlacement:
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Compared to some of ''Name''[='s=] fellow shows of the era, the sponsor elements were very low-key, consisting of mainly just a company icon (an "S" for Swanson, the mermaid for Chicken of the Sea, etc.) on the default positions of the scoreboard. Swanson presented live in-studio frying of its chicken for its commercials, and bits remain in some GSN airings of Lewis reacting to the tempting aroma of fried chicken.
31st Dec '15 4:07:18 PM Gimere
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!!GameShow Tropes in use:

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!!GameShow Tropes !!GameShowTropes in use:
2nd Dec '14 12:19:21 PM nombretomado
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# James left following the April 4 show, replaced by BobAndRay; appropriately for the duo, ''Name'' began using skits and TakeThat episodes.

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# James left following the April 4 show, replaced by BobAndRay; Radio/BobAndRay; appropriately for the duo, ''Name'' began using skits and TakeThat episodes.



* BobAndRay: Shared hosting duties for about two months in 1955. Appropriately, the show became more comedic in a style akin to the duo's earlier work, with occasional skits.

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* BobAndRay: Radio/BobAndRay: Shared hosting duties for about two months in 1955. Appropriately, the show became more comedic in a style akin to the duo's earlier work, with occasional skits.
24th Aug '14 3:17:49 PM mlsmithca
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Goodson-Todman GameShow that ran from 1951-55 and originally hosted by Robert Q. Lewis, in which a panel of three celebrities tried to guess a person's name with the knowledge that it's shared with a person (BillCullen), place (Louis Ville), or thing (A. Harem).

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Goodson-Todman GameShow that ran from 1951-55 and originally hosted by Robert Q. Lewis, in which a panel of three celebrities tried to guess a person's name with the knowledge that it's shared with a person (BillCullen), (Creator/BillCullen), place (Louis Ville), or thing (A. Harem).
7th Jul '14 4:49:55 AM Mdumas43073
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# James left following the April 4 show, replaced by Bob & Ray; appropriately for the duo, ''Name'' began using skits and TakeThat episodes.

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# James left following the April 4 show, replaced by Bob & Ray; BobAndRay; appropriately for the duo, ''Name'' began using skits and TakeThat episodes.
24th Mar '14 10:13:57 AM Gimere
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# On September 16, the series moved to [[FridayNightDeathSlot Fridays at 10:00]].

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# On September 16, the series moved to [[FridayNightDeathSlot Fridays at 10:00]].10:00.



* MissingEpisode: The first eight months, as the earliest episode GSN has aired (and the one which began a 2008 run of the series) was from August 6, 1952 [[note]](interestingly, the same night as the earliest ''Series/BeatTheClock'' episode GSN has shown)[[/note]]. Several other episodes from 1952-55 are also missing. [[http://userdata.acd.net/ottinger/tnts.html Here's a comprehensive list.]]
* NamesTheSame: Quite possibly the TropeNamer.



* RealLifeRelative: Two examples back-to-back on April 18, 1955. First, Ray Goulding's son appeared as the first contestant, his card reading "Ray's Son (Bob had nothing to do with it)"; then that night's guest, Leo Durocher, had a "Secret Wish" that was guessed by his wife on the panel (Lorraine Day).
21st Nov '13 8:21:07 PM Antwan
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* MissingEpisode: The first eight months, as the earliest episode GSN has aired (and the one which began a 2008 run of the series) was from August 6, 1952 [[note]](interestingly, the same night as the earliest ''BeatTheClock'' episode GSN has shown)[[/note]]. Several other episodes from 1952-55 are also missing. [[http://userdata.acd.net/ottinger/tnts.html Here's a comprehensive list.]]

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* MissingEpisode: The first eight months, as the earliest episode GSN has aired (and the one which began a 2008 run of the series) was from August 6, 1952 [[note]](interestingly, the same night as the earliest ''BeatTheClock'' ''Series/BeatTheClock'' episode GSN has shown)[[/note]]. Several other episodes from 1952-55 are also missing. [[http://userdata.acd.net/ottinger/tnts.html Here's a comprehensive list.]]
20th Apr '13 2:18:56 PM WarioBarker
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** The panel area was expanded to occupy four celebrities beginning on February 7, 1954; to compensate, the show decreased the payouts to $20 per stumped celebrity.

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** The panel area was expanded to occupy four celebrities beginning on February 7, 1954; to compensate, the show 1954, which decreased the payouts to $20 per stumped celebrity.celebrity...and as a result, stumping the panel only awarded $5 more than it had prior to the change.
5th Mar '13 5:11:01 PM JIKTV
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-->'''MarkGoodson''': So Abe was axed. When I informed Burrows of the bad news, he understood. He'd been aware of the situation and thanked us for keeping him on as long as we had. Luckily, Abe was not really damaged since he had a major hit on Broadway.

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-->'''MarkGoodson''': -->'''Creator/MarkGoodson''': So Abe was axed. When I informed Burrows of the bad news, he understood. He'd been aware of the situation and thanked us for keeping him on as long as we had. Luckily, Abe was not really damaged since he had a major hit on Broadway.
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