Trivia / Card Sharks


  • Development Hell: Kind of. Before being bought out by Pearson, All-American Television had been trying to revive the show since 1996. Fans would have preferred it stayed that way after seeing the final product come out five years later.
  • Fan Nickname: The 2001 version has been referred to as "CASINO", or "Card Sharks In Name Only". Others refer to it as "Card Guppies".
  • Franchise Killer: The 2001 revival. No plans have been made to revive the series since its cancellation, obviously because it wasn't what everybody was expecting it to be.
  • Missing Episode: The five shows recorded during the first taping day of the 2001 version, which appear to have used the (much better) format of the 2000 pilot with a more game show-esque set, "were found to be un-airable", resulting in Pearson building a new set and replacing the director. Whether it was actually due to poor directing or some other reason (such as "these players won too much money") is unknown.
  • Name's the Same: On one episode of the CBS version, Bob Eubanks met a contestant who was also named Bob Eubanks. The contestant Bob was African-American, so they were easily distinguishable.
  • Promoted Fan Girl: Tami Anderson, the dealer for the 2001 revival, was a huge fan of the Jim Perry version.
  • Prop Recycling: The 2001 version's set was recycled for use on Whammy!, as was announcer Gary Kroeger.
    • Most Young People's Weeks in the Eubanks/Rafferty era offered a trip to Hawaii instead of a car; a trip skin from The Price is Right was placed where the car would be on the set.
  • Schedule Slip: The CBS version was preempted 8 times during Summer 1987 due to the Iran-Contra Hearings.
  • Screwed by the Network:
    • The NBC version aired at 10:00 a.m. and was pulling in commendable ratings for its slot. To accommodate David Letterman's morning talk show (more on that below), Fred Silverman moved it to Noon where many local affiliates chose to pre-empt it for newscasts. Card Sharks was cancelled fifteen months later.
    • The Rafferty run was just one of many other syndicated games in the mid-to-late 80s that got trampled on by the Wheel of Fortune-Jeopardy! combo. Ironically, in New York, the show initially aired alongside the latter at 4:30 PM, only for The Oprah Winfrey Show to come along. Jeopardy! got the juicy 7:00 PM slot (Wheel would join it on WABC in 1990), whereas Card Sharks got demoted to late-nights.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The NBC version, along with Wheel of Fortune and Password Plus, was nearly cancelled in 1980 to make room for David Letterman's morning talk show (Chain Reaction, High Rollers and The Hollywood Squares ended up being the victims of that mess). Would we have eventually seen Bob Eubanks, Bill Rafferty or even Pat Bullard if its run ended a year sooner?
    • When Card Sharks was slated for a revival in 1986, among the possible candidates for the hosting position was Bruce Forsyth, who had by that point been at the helm of Card Sharks' Transatlantic Equivalent, Play Your Cards Right, for several years. The position ultimately went to Bob Eubanks and Bill Rafferty. Brucie would briefly host a show for Reg Grundy and ABC called Hot Streak in 1986, but it was quickly cancelled.
    • Original host Jim Perry was also considered for the revival efforts, but was unavailable due to his commitments to both daytime and nighttime versions of Sale of the Century, as well as his (by then decade-long) gig on Definition in Canada.
    • Eubanks also mentioned that Patrick Wayne was considered to host the CBS revival. Yeah, that Patrick Wayne.
    • Rich Fields, who would later go on to announce The Price Is Right, also auditioned in 1986. He would announce the Gameshow Marathon version 20 years later.
    • Tom Bergeron was offered to host the 2001 revival, but turned it down.


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