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Game Show by Mark Goodson that ran on NBC and combined two great games into a single show. Two new contestants began by playing Match Game, using the same format as its 1973-82 era with the only difference being the tiebreaker — while played the same as before, the contestants now chose from a list of four possible answers.The winner of Match Game played against the returning champion on The Hollywood Squares with three more celebrities joining the group. The champion always played X, the challenger O, and there was no Secret Square. Each captured square awarded $25, with victory in each round awarding that round number times 100 ($100 for Round 1, $200 for Round 2, etc.) until time ran out; whoever had the most cash became champion and played the Super Match.The Super Match was the same as its 1973-78 counterpart (no Star Wheel), except the answers paid off $1,000/$500/$250 and the contestant could choose from all nine stars. After that, the contestant picked a star for the Head-to-Head Match; four celebs each had a "10" ($10,000) or "20" ($20,000) card in front of them, but one had a "30" card that meant the contestant played for $30,000.But while the concept was sound, the lack of regular panelists and a major senior moment by Goodson (inexplicably failing to understand what made Squares work) doomed the show to a single season from October 31, 1983 to July 27, 1984 (39 weeks/191 episodes). Further complicating matters was Gene Rayburn, who hated Jon Bauman and (according to announcer Gene Wood) had been "dragged, kicking and screaming" into this mess.
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