Series / All-Star Blitz

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Short-lived Game Show broadcast on ABC in 1985, created by Merrill Heatter of The Hollywood Squares fame. Like that show, All-Star Blitz involved celebrities and a puzzle board (referred to as the Blitz Board). Four celebrity panelists sat under three stars each, and gameplay involved asking trivia questions of the celebs. Just like the Squares, contestants could agree or disagree with the answers the celebs gave. Right answers lit up the stars over the celebs' head, and as the stars lit up, they also revealed portions of a word puzzle on the Blitz Board that comprised two to six words, which the contestants could opt to solve. Two puzzles won the game, a prize package and the right to play the Blitz Bonanza endgame.

Game Show Tropes in use:

  • Bonus Round: The Blitz Bonanza. Here, the contestant spun a wheel to reveal up to four parts of the puzzle; if they landed on an already-revealed part of the Blitz Board, that spin was considered "wasted", and the contestant could take a fifth spin if they forfeited the prize package won in the main game. Solving the puzzle won a cash jackpot that started at $10,000.
  • Game Show Winnings Cap: Contestants who made it to the Blitz Bonanza four times retired undefeated.
  • Personnel:
  • Progressive Jackpot: Winning the Blitz Bonanza earned the contestant a jackpot that started at $10,000 and increased by $5,000 (later $2,500) each time it wasn't won. The jackpot froze when it hit $25,000 (later $20,000).
  • Show The Folks At Home: The number of words in a puzzle. Peter Marshall mucked it up in the pilot's first bonus round, but the contestant didn't get the clue.

This show provides examples of:

  • Catch-Phrase: "Hello, stars!" "Hi, Peter!"
  • Creative Closing Credits: Bumpers, in this case- whenever the tiebreaker game or the Blitz Bonanza followed the commercial break, the Blitz Board would be used to say "(x) next up".
  • Fan Remake: Done by Greggo and taken to conventions, frequently with anime stars; the format is the "four free stars" one, the Blitz Bonanza is randomized on the computer and stopped with a buzzer device (no budget or ability to haul a big wheel around), and all the payouts are in yen (as per most of his shows), with a prize for the Blitz Bonanza.
  • Opening Narration: "[Celebrities' names], all in the game that's just over their heads!" (theme song singer sings "All-Star Blitz" three times) "And here's the master of the Blitz Board, Peter Marshall!"
  • Spiritual Successor: This show was basically The Hollywood Squares minus the tic-tac-toe elements — you have celebrities needed to form a pattern in a grid, contestants agreeing and disagreeing, and Peter Marshall.
  • Surreal Theme Tune: For a while, the Theme Tune was remixed with some downright weird scatting ("Hobba hum hobba heeba humba"). The only part that stayed throughout was the repeated "All-Star Blitz!" chant (which, as mentioned above, was used in the intro). The scat mix was apparently used for only one week.

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