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General trivia:

  • The Woolery version was the last show to air on Game Show Network before its changeover to GSN on March 15, 2004.

Specific trivia:

  • Franchise Killer: The complete mess GSN made of it in 2011 ensured that no more versions would be produced, and GSN would be embarrassed in both versions (see Keep Circulating the Tapes)
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes:
    • The 1980s version hasn't been seen since it ended, and few episodes circulate. This, despite being owned by Ion Television (formerly PAX) and was included in its 2007 Viewers' Vote.
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    • Season 1 of the Woolery version hasn't been aired on a regular basis since 2005, presumably due to its blatantly low production values. However, ever since the Engvall version tanked, GSN has been extremely hesitant in airing either of their versions at all despite lesser-received originals like Chain Reaction and Whammy still receiving regular spots on their schedulenote . The Woolery version in particular has only returned to GSN's schedule twice since 2012, once for a cycle of Seasons 4-6 and part of Season 3 in 2014, and once for a near-complete cycle of Seasons 3-6 in 2016. As a result of this, no Season 2 episodes have been aired since 2012, and no episodes have been aired at all since the changeover back to Game Show Network.
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  • Missing Episode: A series of Hawaiian episodes was taped in June 2005, offering a trip to Hawaii to the winning contestants. These episodes were scheduled to air in October, but sat for 14 months before finally airing on New Year's Day 2007, because the original sponsor dropped out.
  • Troubled Production: The original version had financial issues which led to several contestants never getting paid. In fact, Michael Reagan left the show as a result of this, not because of money, but because he feared that it was tarnishing the reputation of his father, Ronald Reagan, who was already smarting politically from the Iran-Contra affair and from Black Monday of 1987.
  • Un-Canceled: Twice by GSN.


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