Series: All-Star Blitz
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. 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 that comprised two to six words, which the contestants could opt to solve.The Bonus Round was called the Blitz Bonanza. Here, the contestant spun a wheel to reveal up to four parts of the puzzle, and could take a fifth spin if he or she forfeited the prize package won in the main game. Solving the puzzle won a cash jackpot that started at $10,000.
Game Show Tropes in use:
- Bonus Round
- Game Show Winnings Cap: Contestants who made it to the Bonus Round four times retired undefeated.
- Progressive Jackpot: Winning the Bonus Round 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.
- 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:
- 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.