Trivia / Treasure Hunt US

  • Channel Hop: The original series moved from ABC to NBC in 1957.
  • No Budget: While the 1970s version prided itself on its incredibly lavish prize packages (early episodes contained two Porsches as a prize), the 1980s run often went to the opposite extreme, sometimes awarding only one or two appliances as a "good prize". The cars were cheap and rarely won, and the producers froze the jackpot at its minimum value of $20,000 four days into taping after someone found the check early on. Further, props and sometimes entire skits were recycled from the 1970s version on occasion.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: In Barris' novel The Big Question, he (now old and long forgotten) relates to a young producer the story of a contestant on Treasure Hunt who both Barris and director John Dorsey thought had died upon learning what she had won, and that the two argued on whether the cameras should pan away (Dorsey) or stay put (Barris). Although the contestant had merely fainted, the incident led to Barris' last great idea (and the focus of the book) The Death Game. It should be noted that one of the book's characters, an older lady who gets killed on live television at the very end, is named Vera.
  • Screwed by the Network: As Geoff recalled years later, the 1973-77 version had actually gotten a fifth season. Around the time Season 4 wrapped, Barris told him about a skit idea for the new season: the contestant would be shown an expensive car but, after she calmed down, Geoff would reveal that all she really won was (for example) the steering wheel. Geoff thought that was far too sadistic and refused to do it...and was promptly fired, after which the show was canned rather than continue with another emcee. Geoff probably wouldn't have returned anyway, as he had a deal pending with Bob Stewart for what became Shoot for the Stars on NBC.
  • Throw It In!: According to Edwards, Chuck Barris recruited Emile when he was a guard at ABC's parking lot - Barris just went up to him and asked him if he wanted to be on TV.
  • What Could Have Been: According to this article and some newsgroup posts, Columbia TriStar Television (which acquired the Barris library in the early 90s) produced a revival pilot around 1996; Quincy Jones-David Salzman Entertainment was the driving force. They initially attempted to pair it up with a remake of Name That Tune after their normal producing partner, Warner Bros., passed on the Tune re-do. According to other newsgroup posts, either Chuck Woolery or Pat Finn would've hosted (apparently both had pilots taped). It didn't get off the ground, though.