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Trivia: The Match Game-Hollywood Squares Hour

  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Gene Rayburn, obviously, had hosted the previous four versions of Match Game (in addition to other shows). Jon Bauman was best-known as "Bowzer" in Sha-Na-Na and subsequent projects; he also hosted the short-lived The Pop 'N Rocker Game in syndication at the same time as this.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: Both Gene Wood and Johnny Olson were long-standing Goodson-Todman announcers. Olson had announced on the previous four versions of Match Game (1962-82), while Wood would announce the next (1990-91).
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: The show hasn't been rerun, although about 20 or so episodes circulate (including at least one full week) and several can be viewed on YouTube. Several stories have existed through the years, including host Gene Rayburn's extreme dissatisfaction with the show (apparently insisting that this show never be rerun). The fact that Match Game and The Hollywood Squares are now owned by different companies (Fremantle Media and MGM Television; while CBS owns the Squares rights, now-MGM subsidiary Orion Pictures co-produced this version) has also shot down most hope of this being shown again in a legal manner.
  • Old Shame: According to Gene Wood in a 1996 phone interview, Rayburn was "dragged kicking and screaming" into this mess. From the circulating episodes, he's clearly having fun doing Match Game but when Squares rolls around his mood drops, and his lamenting the flaw in execution out loud on an episode late in the run (see the YMMV tab) indicates it was due to the format.
  • Screwed by Mark Goodson: The legendary producer somehow didn't grasp what made Squares work and hired a first-time host (Bauman) over Peter Marshall. Add the aforementioned conflicts and Wood's statement, and it's a grand wonder how this thing managed to last 39 weeks.

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