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Jackpot (1984)


Producer: Bob Stewart
Host: Nipsey Russell
Announcer: Johnny Gilbert
Taping Info: June 9, 1984 at CBS
Made it to Air: Not from this pilot. It had aired for just under two years in 1974-75 with Geoff Edwards on NBC, three years on USA Cable from 1985-88 with Mike Darrow and a disastrous syndicated version back with Edwards in 1989.
Availability: It's available on the trading circuit

In the 80s, Stewart formats were given a replay,
Some made it to air, some didn't fly;
Since he was on a game practically every day,
Somebody said, hey, let's give Nipsey a try.

The contestants still numbered sixteen,
And they would stay all the week;
Often one of the females would be the queen,
While the jackpot riddle would be the main seek.

The scoring was made easier,
one-fifty per riddle;
The riddles somehow were even cheesier,
The brain power needed was little.

If you hit the jackpot envelope,
you could pass and save it until later;
And pray hope against hope,
That you are still the player.

A five-thousand dollar bonus was the prize,
if you saved the jackpot riddle until the end;
And much to this reviewer's surprise,
There's a bonus game around the bend.

It's called Riddlegrams, and you've seen it,
If you've seen Shoot the Stars or Double Talk in the past;
Answer seven comical pairs in a minute,
And you and your partner split five thousand in cash.

Two games were played but wait, there's more part we got,
There's a home viewer game, just send in a postcard;
Two cards were pulled, one each for the day's Jackpots,
You get $500 if your name is picked, hey, that's not hard!

I've never been a fan of this format,
I struggled to watch this when it was on the air;
Hearing dopey riddles can get very old hat,
With over-caffeinated contestants, it's too hard to bear.

Nipsey wasn't bad, his poem count was just a few,
But he was often too loud, but overall he was able,
CBS decided against it and said no thank you,
And Bob Stewart waited a year and took this to cable.


A ticket from the pilot.


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