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Shoot for the Stars


Producer: Hatos-Hall
Host: Monty Hall
Announcer: Jay Stewart
Celebrities: Jo Anne Worley, Nipsey Russell, Jack Klugman, Rue McLanahan, Pat Harrington
Taping Info: April 21, 1976 at ABC in California
Made it to Air: No, this should not be confused with Bob Stewart's Shoot The Works, which was renamed Shoot for the Stars when it premiered in January 1977.
Availability: UCLA Archive

You know, there just isn't enough game shows featuring rotating plates of brightly colored balls. Fortunately, Monty Hall came to my rescue with Shoot for the Stars, a game with a rotating plate of 28 balls of different Easter-like colors. So, three days after Easter in 1976, Monty got five of his friends together to shoot a pilot.

The five celebrities came out, each grabbed a ball, took it to their seats in the Match Game-like dais, and were prepared to answer either trivia or survey questions that would result in a number. Our players, all two of them, were staked with three points and would alternate guessing whether the celebrity was higher or lower, and would bet some or all of their current score on their celebrity. If the player was right, they won their bet. If the player was wrong, the points were awarded to their opponent. However, they did not lose any points. If a celebrity was correct with his or her guess, the player got the points automatically.

Once a player achieved 15 points, they won the game and picked a celebrity. The celebrity then opened the ball they picked up at the beginning of the show and the player won the prize listed in the ball. The player then got a chance to win a prize inside a second ball. First, Monty asks a question that was answered by all celebrities. Monty then told the player which of the three were closest, and the player then picked one of those three. If the player was correct, the player went to the plate o'balls and picked another ball for another prize.

Monty was a busy man in 1976. Seeing that Let's Make a Deal was near the end, he was pitching both this and Talking Pictures to ABC, and neither of those games were that bad. Unfortunately, between the expansion of soaps to an hour, and that little Family Feud thing, middling pilots would have trouble making the air. And this one, an interesting but not a particularly strong game, did not make the cut.

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