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''Blank Check'' wasn't a success replacing Dennis James' ''Series/NameThatTune'' on January 6, 1975 in a scheduling shuffle with the popular ''Celebrity Sweepstakes'', it not only had to run just 25 minutes to accommodate the network's five-minute newscast at 12:55 PM, but went up against ''Series/SearchForTomorrow'' on Creator/{{CBS}} and the soon-to-be-canned-but-still-kicking-your-ass ''Series/SplitSecond'' on Creator/{{ABC}}. Not even Art or the show's staff considered it more than a dumb-luck guessing game, calling it "Blank Mind".

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''Blank Check'' wasn't a success replacing Dennis James' ''Series/NameThatTune'' on January 6, 1975 in a scheduling shuffle with the popular ''Celebrity Sweepstakes'', it not only had to run just 25 minutes to accommodate the network's five-minute newscast at 12:55 PM, but went up against ''Series/SearchForTomorrow'' on Creator/{{CBS}} and the soon-to-be-canned-but-still-kicking-your-ass ''Series/SplitSecond'' ''Series/SplitSecond1972'' on Creator/{{ABC}}. Not even Art or the show's staff considered it more than a dumb-luck guessing game, calling it "Blank Mind".


!!GameShowTropes in use:

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!!GameShowTropes in use:!!This show provides examples of:



* {{Foreshadowing}}: A big-money NBC game show whose format amounted to little more than dumb-luck number-picking? While it may [[Series/DealOrNoDeal sound familiar]], at least ''Blank Check'' had questions!



* Personnel:
** TheAnnouncer: Johnny Jacobs.
** GameShowHost: Art James.
** StudioAudience: Of which one member would play a game with the Checkwriter after every three-digit check.
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!!This show provides examples of:
* {{Foreshadowing}}: A big-money NBC game show whose format amounted to little more than dumb-luck number-picking? While it may [[Series/DealOrNoDeal sound familiar]], at least ''Blank Check'' had questions!




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* StudioAudience: Of which one member would play a game with the Checkwriter after every three-digit check.


''Check'' was canned on July 4 and remained mostly forgotten until 1986, when Barry's business partner Dan Enright (apparently having gained the ''Check'' rights after Barry died in 1984) sued ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'' over one of their pricing games Blank Check, which debuted in 1981. Rather than fight it, ''Price'' removed the game for seven weeks before bringing it back under its current nsme of Check Game.

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''Check'' was canned on July 4 and remained mostly forgotten until 1986, when Barry's business partner Dan Enright (apparently having gained the ''Check'' rights after Barry died in 1984) sued ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'' over one of their pricing games Blank Check, which debuted in 1981. Rather than fight it, ''Price'' removed the game for seven weeks before bringing it back under its current nsme name of Check Game.


''Check'' was canned on July 4 and remained mostly forgotten until 1986, when Barry's business partner Dan Enright (apparently having gained the ''Check'' rights after Barry died in 1984) sued ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'' over one of their pricing games Blank Check, which debuted in 1981. Rather than fight it, ''Price'' removed the game for seven weeks and brought it back as Check Game.

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''Check'' was canned on July 4 and remained mostly forgotten until 1986, when Barry's business partner Dan Enright (apparently having gained the ''Check'' rights after Barry died in 1984) sued ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'' over one of their pricing games Blank Check, which debuted in 1981. Rather than fight it, ''Price'' removed the game for seven weeks and brought before bringing it back as under its current nsme of Check Game.



* InSeriesNickname: As noted above, the staff nicknamed the show "Blank Mind."



* {{Pilot}}: Two were recorded on October 4, 1974. Among the differences:

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* {{Pilot}}: Two were recorded on October 4, 1974. Among the differences:differences between them and the series:


GameShow created by William T. Naud and Rich Jeffries [[note]](not to be confused with the announcer for early episodes of ''[[Series/{{Password}} Super Password]]'' and the 1987 version of ''Series/{{Blockbusters}}'')[[/note]] in 1974, which was hosted by Art James on Creator/{{NBC}}. The Creator/JackBarry production (his first for the network since the quiz show scandals) involved six vontestants, one of whom was the Checkwriter, competing over the week to fill checks ranging from $1 to $9,876. The Checkwriter hit a plunger to stop the five giant displays at center stage and determine which of the show's 40 number combinations (all numbers 1-9) would be in use.

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GameShow created by William T. Naud and Rich Jeffries [[note]](not to be confused with the announcer for early episodes of ''[[Series/{{Password}} Super Password]]'' and the 1987 version of ''Series/{{Blockbusters}}'')[[/note]] in 1974, which was hosted by Art James on Creator/{{NBC}}. The Creator/JackBarry production (his first for the network since the quiz show scandals) involved six vontestants, contestants, one of whom was the Checkwriter, competing over the week to fill checks ranging from $1 to $9,876. The Checkwriter hit a plunger to stop the five giant displays at center stage and determine which of the show's 40 number combinations (all numbers 1-9) would be in use.


GameShow created by William T. Naud and Rich Jeffries [[note]](not to be confused with the announcer for early episodes of ''[[Series/{{Password}} Super Password]]'' and the 1987 version of ''Series/{{Blockbusters}}'']])[[/note]] in 1974, which was hosted by Art James on Creator/{{NBC}}. The Creator/JackBarry production (his first for the network since the quiz show scandals) involved six vontestants, one of whom was the Checkwriter, competing over the week to fill checks ranging from $1 to $9,876. The Checkwriter hit a plunger to stop the five giant displays at center stage and determine which of the show's 40 number combinations (all numbers 1-9) would be in use.

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GameShow created by William T. Naud and Rich Jeffries [[note]](not to be confused with the announcer for early episodes of ''[[Series/{{Password}} Super Password]]'' and the 1987 version of ''Series/{{Blockbusters}}'']])[[/note]] ''Series/{{Blockbusters}}'')[[/note]] in 1974, which was hosted by Art James on Creator/{{NBC}}. The Creator/JackBarry production (his first for the network since the quiz show scandals) involved six vontestants, one of whom was the Checkwriter, competing over the week to fill checks ranging from $1 to $9,876. The Checkwriter hit a plunger to stop the five giant displays at center stage and determine which of the show's 40 number combinations (all numbers 1-9) would be in use.


GameShow created by William T. Naud and Rich Jeffries (not the announcer) in 1974, which was hosted by Art James on Creator/{{NBC}}. The Creator/JackBarry production (his first for the network since the quiz show scandals) involved six people, one of whom was the Checkwriter, competing over the week to fill checks ranging from $1 to $9,876. The Checkwriter hit a plunger to stop the five giant displays at center stage and determine which of the show's 40 number combinations (all numbers 1-9) would be in use.

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GameShow created by William T. Naud and Rich Jeffries (not [[note]](not to be confused with the announcer) announcer for early episodes of ''[[Series/{{Password}} Super Password]]'' and the 1987 version of ''Series/{{Blockbusters}}'']])[[/note]] in 1974, which was hosted by Art James on Creator/{{NBC}}. The Creator/JackBarry production (his first for the network since the quiz show scandals) involved six people, vontestants, one of whom was the Checkwriter, competing over the week to fill checks ranging from $1 to $9,876. The Checkwriter hit a plunger to stop the five giant displays at center stage and determine which of the show's 40 number combinations (all numbers 1-9) would be in use.



* BonusSpace: When determining the numbers, spinning a "straight" (i.e., 1-2-3-4-5) awarded the current Checkwriter a prize.

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* BonusSpace: When determining the numbers, spinning a "straight" (i.e.(e.g., 1-2-3-4-5) awarded the current Checkwriter a prize.



** StudioAudience: Of which one would play a game with the Checkwriter after every three-digit check.

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** StudioAudience: Of which one member would play a game with the Checkwriter after every three-digit check.


!!GameShow Tropes in use:

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!!GameShow Tropes !!GameShowTropes in use:


''Check'' was canned on July 4 and remained mostly forgotten until 1986, when Barry's business partner Dan Enright (apparently having gained the ''Check'' rights after Barry died in 1984) sued ''ThePriceIsRight'' over one of their pricing games Blank Check, which debuted in 1981. Rather than fight it, ''Price'' removed the game for seven weeks and brought it back as Check Game.

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''Check'' was canned on July 4 and remained mostly forgotten until 1986, when Barry's business partner Dan Enright (apparently having gained the ''Check'' rights after Barry died in 1984) sued ''ThePriceIsRight'' ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'' over one of their pricing games Blank Check, which debuted in 1981. Rather than fight it, ''Price'' removed the game for seven weeks and brought it back as Check Game.



** The theme song was Quincy Jones' "Chump Change", then in use on ''NowYouSeeIt''.

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** The theme song was Quincy Jones' "Chump Change", then in use on ''NowYouSeeIt''.''Series/NowYouSeeIt''.


''Blank Check'' wasn't a success replacing Dennis James' ''Series/NameThatTune'' on January 6, 1975 in a scheduling shuffle with the popular ''Celebrity Sweepstakes'', it not only had to run just 25 minutes to accommodate the network's five-minute newscast at 12:55 PM, but went up against ''SearchForTomorrow'' on Creator/{{CBS}} and the soon-to-be-canned-but-still-kicking-your-ass ''Series/SplitSecond'' on Creator/{{ABC}}. Not even Art or the show's staff considered it more than a dumb-luck guessing game, calling it "Blank Mind".

to:

''Blank Check'' wasn't a success replacing Dennis James' ''Series/NameThatTune'' on January 6, 1975 in a scheduling shuffle with the popular ''Celebrity Sweepstakes'', it not only had to run just 25 minutes to accommodate the network's five-minute newscast at 12:55 PM, but went up against ''SearchForTomorrow'' ''Series/SearchForTomorrow'' on Creator/{{CBS}} and the soon-to-be-canned-but-still-kicking-your-ass ''Series/SplitSecond'' on Creator/{{ABC}}. Not even Art or the show's staff considered it more than a dumb-luck guessing game, calling it "Blank Mind".


GameShow created by William T. Naud and Rich Jeffries (not the announcer) in 1974, which was hosted by Art James on Creator/{{NBC}}. The JackBarry production (his first for the network since the quiz show scandals) involved six people, one of whom was the Checkwriter, competing over the week to fill checks ranging from $1 to $9,876. The Checkwriter hit a plunger to stop the five giant displays at center stage and determine which of the show's 40 number combinations (all numbers 1-9) would be in use.

to:

GameShow created by William T. Naud and Rich Jeffries (not the announcer) in 1974, which was hosted by Art James on Creator/{{NBC}}. The JackBarry Creator/JackBarry production (his first for the network since the quiz show scandals) involved six people, one of whom was the Checkwriter, competing over the week to fill checks ranging from $1 to $9,876. The Checkwriter hit a plunger to stop the five giant displays at center stage and determine which of the show's 40 number combinations (all numbers 1-9) would be in use.


* SuspiciouslySimilarSong: The theme, composed by Alan Thicke, was a blatant SuspiciouslySimilarSong version of Quincy Jones' "Chump Change" (which was used on the pilot).

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* SuspiciouslySimilarSong: The theme, composed by Alan Thicke, was a blatant SuspiciouslySimilarSong version of Quincy Jones' "Chump Change" (which was used on the pilot).


* {{Foreshadowing}}: A big-money NBC game show whose format amounted to little more than dumb-luck number-picking? While it may [[DealOrNoDeal sound familiar]], at least ''Blank Check'' had questions!

to:

* {{Foreshadowing}}: A big-money NBC game show whose format amounted to little more than dumb-luck number-picking? While it may [[DealOrNoDeal [[Series/DealOrNoDeal sound familiar]], at least ''Blank Check'' had questions!


GameShow created by William T. Naud and Rich Jeffries (not the announcer) in 1974, which was hosted by Art James on {{NBC}}. The JackBarry production (his first for the network since the quiz show scandals) involved six people, one of whom was the Checkwriter, competing over the week to fill checks ranging from $1 to $9,876. The Checkwriter hit a plunger to stop the five giant displays at center stage and determine which of the show's 40 number combinations (all numbers 1-9) would be in use.

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GameShow created by William T. Naud and Rich Jeffries (not the announcer) in 1974, which was hosted by Art James on {{NBC}}.Creator/{{NBC}}. The JackBarry production (his first for the network since the quiz show scandals) involved six people, one of whom was the Checkwriter, competing over the week to fill checks ranging from $1 to $9,876. The Checkwriter hit a plunger to stop the five giant displays at center stage and determine which of the show's 40 number combinations (all numbers 1-9) would be in use.

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