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  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: The main thing keeping Tune out of modern-day cable repeats is music clearances, as the show used many famous compositions that are not in the public domain.
    • The 1950s version is pretty much gone for good, aside from two Cullen episodes and a DeWitt highlight special.
    • Both 1970s NBC versions are believed to have been destroyed, although a James clip was used in this 1974 promo (which also has rare clips of High Rollers, Jeopardy!, Jackpot!, Celebrity Sweepstakes, and the surviving episode of Winning Streak) and another was used in a 1988 game show special of FOX's The Late Show. One '77 episode is known to exist, and a full James episode, from December 26, 1974, was discovered in February 2010.
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    • The 1974-81 syndicated version is intact, but only about 10 episodes circulate. Luckily, at least one of these (February 23, 1978) has a $100,000 win.
    • The Jim Lange version is intact, and was rerun on USA Network from 1989 to 1991 and the Family Channel from 1993 to 1996. In June 2021, 20 episodes of it were placed on the Fox-owned streaming service Tubi.
  • Name's the Same: The Tommy Oliver who led the orchestra on this show was not the Power Ranger.
  • What Could Have Been: For starters, the Lange era was supposed to get another season, as it started off very good in the ratings; but then Jeopardy! came along, and the ratings plunged after stations started moving it to bad timeslots. And after that, aside from Name that Video, any attempts to revive the format have gotten stuck in Development Hell. Musician Peter Allen hosted a pilot from Marty Pasetta and Orion Television in 1990; while that version failed to make it to air, it did spawn a game for the Philips CD-i hosted by Bob Goen, and a slightly modified version of it sold in New Zealand as Face The Music. Quincy Jones-David Salzman Entertainment tried in 1996-97 to re-do the show; after their normal producing partner, Warner Bros., passed up the project, they went to Columbia TriStar Television and attemtped to pair it up with a reboot of the CTT-owned Treasure Hunt US; nope. Phil Gurin, who produced the US version of The Weakest Link, attempted a pilot in 2001; no go. CBS (who the 1990 pilot had allegedly been pitched to) shot a primetime-intended pilot in 2006 with Donny Osmond as host and a million-dollar bonus round; didn't work. They sold the rights to MTV Networks (who had previously done Name that Video, and had pitched doing pop, classic hits, and country music editions of the show for MTV, VH1, and CMT respectively), and they sold the rights to Fremantle Media in 2012; they didn't do anything with it either. In October 2020, the day it began filming, word emerged of a revival being produced for the American market in Australia—later revealed to be for Fox's winter lineup.
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