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The Origin of Check Game's Think Music: Oddball
« on: November 23, 2018, 12:04:00 AM »
As part of a Thanksgiving marathon for game show fans, someone uploaded the 1986 pilot for a game show called Oddball. Hosted by Jamie Farr and produced by Mark Goodson Productions for NBC, contestants tried to figure out a person, place, or thing, by reading one-word clues given from teams of celebrities. It's a hybrid of Match Game and Password.

If you listen closely to the theme song and contestant intro cues, you can hear the melody of the Check Game think cue. However, listen to the think music in the game: it's what we would first hear on The Price is Right two years later. It's neat to learn that what was long thought to be a tune that debuted on Price actually had its origin on another show.

Check out the pilot below:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMZjMnoldQY" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMZjMnoldQY</a>
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Re: The Origin of Check Game's Think Music: Oddball
« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2018, 10:36:57 AM »
Can anyone lock down exactly which airdate was the final playing of Check Game that used the Range Game cue, and the first with the current one? 

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Re: The Origin of Check Game's Think Music: Oddball
« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2018, 05:51:35 PM »
Just watched the pilot myself and many game show experts and insiders were right, it was a train wreck. I am glad NBC passed on this pilot and stuck with Super Password and the then-long running soap opera Search For Tomorrow in the 12 noon and 12:30pm time slots respectively. Otherwise, had it went to series it would have been off the air within the initial 13 weeks and NBC would have had bigger fish to fry.
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Re: The Origin of Check Game's Think Music: Oddball
« Reply #3 on: November 27, 2018, 03:51:17 PM »
Can anyone lock down exactly which airdate was the final playing of Check Game that used the Range Game cue, and the first with the current one? 
AFAIK, the current cue (also used in Make Your Move and Cover Up, with those games sometimes interchanging with the one for Line em Up and Push Over) debuted on September 14, 1988, during the first playing of Season 17, so the Range Game cue was last used at or near the end of Season 16.

Oddball may have been a failed game show, but at least it was fun to finally know where the Check Game cue came from!

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Re: The Origin of Check Game's Think Music: Oddball
« Reply #4 on: November 27, 2018, 11:15:30 PM »
Mark Goodson sure did like to get his money's worth out of music.
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Re: The Origin of Check Game's Think Music: Oddball
« Reply #5 on: November 28, 2018, 02:19:59 PM »
It certainly deserved a "VOID" stamp from NBC. First off, the first two rounds are meaningless in terms of who the overall winner may be. At least the host speaks a bit like the late Allen Ludden, but of course, it's just a watered down Super Password with weirder clues and less game due to more celebrities, and a bonus round that would have worked better had the contestant written a clue and no celebrities matched up, sort of like The Spoilers round, with $100 received for each clue that didn't match, and a different celebrity used on each clue.

But now whenever I watch what was then known as Blank Check or Cover Up/Make Your Move, the ghost of this turkey will come back to haunt me.
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