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"New" Newlywed Game from 1984 w/Jim Lange
« on: May 20, 2020, 05:37:19 PM »
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Re: "New" Newlywed Game from 1984 w/Jim Lange
« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2020, 09:57:04 PM »
I saw this a while back, and is it just me or did Rod Roddy do the announcing on this particular episode? I think this is one of those 'pilot' shows.

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Re: "New" Newlywed Game from 1984 w/Jim Lange
« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2020, 10:59:26 PM »
I saw this a while back, and is it just me or did Rod Roddy do the announcing on this particular episode?

Yes, he did.

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Re: "New" Newlywed Game from 1984 w/Jim Lange
« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2020, 11:16:30 PM »
I thought he did. I just thought it was unusual. Yet, to hear a familiar face and to see a familiar face says it all.

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Re: "New" Newlywed Game from 1984 w/Jim Lange
« Reply #4 on: May 26, 2020, 03:32:58 PM »
This was a special week of shows that aired between February 13-17, 1984 on ABC at 11:00 a.m. (EST), temporarily displacing daytime reruns of "Benson".


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Re: "New" Newlywed Game from 1984 w/Jim Lange
« Reply #5 on: May 26, 2020, 09:14:21 PM »
This was a special week of shows that aired between February 13-17, 1984 on ABC at 11:00 a.m. (EST), temporarily displacing daytime reruns of "Benson".

Bob Eubanks was still hosting Dream House on NBC at the time, so he was unavailable.
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Re: "New" Newlywed Game from 1984 w/Jim Lange
« Reply #6 on: May 27, 2020, 11:21:11 AM »
ABC's programming was always very strange to me. Programming didn't began at 10:00 a.m. like CBS & NBC did, and by the 1980's, it was clear ABC cared more about Soaps than game shows. This was their first new game show (though technically, TNG began in 1966) since The Better Sex in 1977.

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Re: "New" Newlywed Game from 1984 w/Jim Lange
« Reply #7 on: May 27, 2020, 07:17:39 PM »
ABC's programming was always very strange to me. Programming didn't began at 10:00 a.m. like CBS & NBC did, and by the 1980's, it was clear ABC cared more about Soaps than game shows. This was their first new game show (though technically, TNG began in 1966) since The Better Sex in 1977.

ABC, like all three of the major networks, also reran a lot of their hit sitcoms on weekday mornings. In the early 1980s the major networks started to have a dry spell with their sitcoms because hour-long dramas and soaps were in vogue. Thus, game shows were ordered more often for daytime.
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Re: "New" Newlywed Game from 1984 w/Jim Lange
« Reply #8 on: May 27, 2020, 07:34:51 PM »
ABC, like all three of the major networks, also reran a lot of their hit sitcoms on weekday mornings. In the early 1980s the major networks started to have a dry spell with their sitcoms because hour-long dramas and soaps were in vogue. Thus, game shows were ordered more often for daytime.

Is this sorta what led to the creation of the short lived David Letterman show in 1980? As an attempt to revitalize the morning lineup since sitcoms weren't working so well anymore? I could see that.

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Re: "New" Newlywed Game from 1984 w/Jim Lange
« Reply #9 on: May 27, 2020, 07:46:10 PM »
Is this sorta what led to the creation of the short lived David Letterman show in 1980? As an attempt to revitalize the morning lineup since sitcoms weren't working so well anymore? I could see that.

David Letterman's talk show replaced three game shows, not sitcom re-runs. Nothing against Letterman, but he wasn't really cut out for daytime anyway. Apart from that, NBC was already smarting from other programming snafus by Fred Silverman which led to his dismissal a year later.

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Re: "New" Newlywed Game from 1984 w/Jim Lange
« Reply #10 on: May 27, 2020, 08:00:46 PM »
*Shudders* NBC went through a rather miserable stretch from the late 70s to 1984 in which the only success they had was in their Saturday morning lineup. This includes their disastrous 1983 new fall season in which nine new shows debut and all nine were gone by the end of the season. Luckily Brandon Tartikoff took over for Fred Silverman and started an amazing turnaround for NBC which revitalized the network sitcom, which by that time was almost extinct. Key to their success was a hot new Thursday night sitcom in the fall of 1984 featuring a now disgraced television legend.
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Re: "New" Newlywed Game from 1984 w/Jim Lange
« Reply #11 on: June 06, 2020, 12:38:44 PM »
The only shows that were really good for them were Wheel, Card Sharks and the overlong Another World (which was 90 minutes at the time, because NBC couldn't find anything better to put on by their own admission!) NBC made the right decision to shed part of the overlong Another World and bring in $ale of the Century.

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Re: "New" Newlywed Game from 1984 w/Jim Lange
« Reply #12 on: June 06, 2020, 12:40:11 PM »
*Shudders* NBC went through a rather miserable stretch from the late 70s to 1984 in which the only success they had was in their Saturday morning lineup. This includes their disastrous 1983 new fall season in which nine new shows debut and all nine were gone by the end of the season. Luckily Brandon Tartikoff took over for Fred Silverman and started an amazing turnaround for NBC which revitalized the network sitcom, which by that time was almost extinct. Key to their success was a hot new Thursday night sitcom in the fall of 1984 featuring a now disgraced television legend.

Not to mention that they started doing business with Reg Grundy, which resulted in two daytime hits wit stabilty.

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Re: "New" Newlywed Game from 1984 w/Jim Lange
« Reply #13 on: June 06, 2020, 12:47:21 PM »
David Letterman's talk show replaced three game shows, not sitcom re-runs. Nothing against Letterman, but he wasn't really cut out for daytime anyway. Apart from that, NBC was already smarting from other programming snafus by Fred Silverman which led to his dismissal a year later.

Agreed. He was better suited to Late Night.

I do remember watching him during his later CBS days, and he had broadened his appeal by then by wearing suits rather than blazers, and doing longer monologues.

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Re: "New" Newlywed Game from 1984 w/Jim Lange
« Reply #14 on: June 06, 2020, 12:53:51 PM »
NBC had to get rid of dead weight. Look at their schedule in 82.

10:00 a.m. Diff'rent Strokes reruns
10:30 a.m. Wheel of Fortune(replaced by $ale of the Century)
11:00 a.m. Texas(replaced by Wheel in 83 and Scrabble in 84) (to 12 noon)
12:00 noon The Doctors(replaced by Super Password in 84)
12:30 p.m. Search for Tomorrow(replaced by WordPlay, then Scrabble)
1:00 p.m. Days of Our Lives (to 2 p.m.)
2:00 p.m. Another World (to 3 p.m.)
3:00 p.m. CHiPs reruns(replaced by Santa Barbara)

As you can see, NBC got rid of Texas and The Doctors, and replaced them with successful game shows.