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Shoot the Works


Producer: Bob Stewart
Host: Geoff Edwards
Announcer: Bob Clayton
Celebrities: Anita Gilette, Bill Cullen
Taping Info: 1975 or 1976, probably New York City
Made it to Air: Yes, on NBC under the title Shoot for the Stars, premiering on January 3, 1977 (replacing Stumpers) and lasting until September 30, 1977 when it was replaced by Knockout.
Availability: It's on the trading circuit.

According to a Usenet post by the host himself in 1997, Geoff Edwards had to pass on Family Feud because he was already committed to this pilot. What could have been? Well, we'll never know, but we do have evidence of what he passed up, and it was Shoot the Works, this game featuring the Jackpot theme and scoring system and standard issue celebrities, in this case Anne Meara and Bill Cullen.

The main game resembled the main game of Double Talk ten years later, with a board consisting of 24 unrelated word pairs whose synonyms made related words. For example "mentoring glow" could mean "Guiding Light". One player would give the first part of the answer, while the other player gave the other half. Teams took turns, answering these riddles for various values of $100-$300 dollars with one additional $500 space. Four of the board spaces were stars, which allowed you to bet any amount of your money on the answer. If you bet it all, it was called "Shoot the Works." First team to $1,500 won and moved on to the bonus game.

The bonus game has the celebrity reading a phrase with an underlined word or words, with the civilian contestant replacing the words with the most common ones used for the phrase. How many you needed to get to win was random and was known before the game was played. The usual $5,000 was awarded for getting the number needed.

Nothing real exciting here, the typical garish color combo Stewart used in the 70's, usual word guessing game and predictable prizes. The only distinctive thing about this show it was the last NBC game show to be shot in New York City.

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