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The Fashion Show


Producer: Armand Grant
Host: Sam Riddle
Assistants: There were a whole bunch of models
Celebrity: Carol Lawrence
Taping Info: late 1970s
Made it to Air: Nope

Game shows mostly air during the day. Game shows are watched mainly by women. Women like fashion shows. Let's combine the two. Based on this brainiac idea, CBS slaps together this horrible pilot that has none of the redeeming qualities of a game show and none of the redeeming qualities of a fashion show (if there were any.) Sam Riddle, long time Los Angeles DJ and occasional game show announcer (The Wizard of Odds, Almost Anything Goes) did the hosting duties, while Armand Grant, brother of CBS Daytime President Bud, gets to be the producer.

The show begins with models showing fashions. Not two models. Not three models. Eight freaking models. This takes several minutes. Sam Riddle is introduced and then they immediately go to commercial. Yep, you've already gone to commercial and you haven't explained the game let alone play it nor have you introduced contestants.

When we come back from commercial, the game is finally explained. There are two contestants who are essentially playing Name That Tune. A song was played along with one of those models again showing off an article of clothing. If you guessed two consecutive songs, you won the fashion currently being displayed. Each game consisted of whoever could get to three songs first, but the losing contestant was not eliminated until the victor had won two fashions. Yeah, I'm confused too. No bonus game, either.

It was dreadful as it sounds. There was no game here, the song identification thing was added for the mere purpose of adding a game element, any game element would do. There was a celebrity (Carol Lawrence) who didn't even play in the game, she just commented on the fashions. However, don't weep for Sam Riddle. He eventually became one of the creative forces behind Star Search and now produces for Spanish-language TV and music.

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