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Celebrity Secrets

Producer: Budd Granoff Company/Mac III/Casablanca IV
Host: Bob Eubanks
Announcer: Charlie O'Donnell
Celebrities: Norm Crosby, Sally Struthers, Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini, Lisa Hartman, Christopher Hewitt
Taping Info: September 19, 1988 at Fox Television Center, Stage 6
Made it to Air: Not this version. It was an attempt at a revival of 1979's All Star Secrets

There is never a shortage of attempts at revivals. Sometimes, they radically change the show, such as the difference between the Bill Cullen and Bob Barker versions of The Price is Right, and they become successful. Other times, they keep the format pretty much the same, such as The Jokers' Wild, and they become successful. However, there is not much empirical evidence on taking a failed show and trying it again. Science has to be thankful for Bob Eubanks to give their failed 1979 show All Star Secrets another try with Celebrity Secrets. Viewers have to be thankful for station managers not picking up the show and leaving the concept to wither away.

The game is played with three contestants and five celebrities. A celebrity is told a story by Bob, and that celeb gives their opinion on which of the other four celebrities the story is about, mainly for the purpose of killing time. The players then pick who they think the story is about, and receive $150 for guessing correctly on the first question, $200 for the second, $300 for the third and $400 for the fourth and final question. In this pilot, all three players were female, it's unknown if this was to be a feature or if it was unintentional.

A final round, called "hot item" involved the players wagering their money earned so far. The celebrities are asked to give their opinion on a "current event", and in this world a "current event" meant whether or not a celebrity would sign a pre-nuptial agreement. Each player picked one celeb and tried to guess their answer and could wager any or all of their current money. The player with the most money at the end of the wagering round won their accumulated cash plus an 8-day trip to Tahiti.

At the conclusion of the game, for no apparent reason, they had Lisa Hartman's 6th grade teacher come out and chat for a minute or two.

The format didn't work in 1979, and it doesn't work here. You can't develop a regular panelist, because you would run out of stories for that person quickly. But since the format is weak, you have to rely on the celebs, which means they really have to tell good stories and have some star power. That Venn Diagram rarely has a large overlap.

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