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What game shows would you like to see brought back?
Let's try to avoid a huge list, because that's just pointless...try to keep it within the top 2 or 3 or so you'd like to see back.

For me...Greed, Press Your Luck (Whammy is too Double Dare-ish) and while not a traditional game show, I'd like to see Fear Factor back...sure, at the end it was kinda stupid with pretty people exclusively, but I'm enjoying the replays on F/X.
 

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I'd like to go back to the 80s version of Wheel of Fortune where after each round, the winner spent the money they won on items that Vanna would introduce.

I enjoyed Press Your Luck too. They could bring that back.
 

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I'd definitely like to see Greed back, as well as that "Quiz-Show" type game called "Twenty One" on NBC. Basically, I love trivia games and the more questions per show, the better. That's why I love Jeopardy!
 

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I'm changing my vote away from Fear Factor and over to The Mole...also not a traditional game show, but all 2 seasons were definitely entertaining. It would probably be a little difficult to bring back Anderson Cooper to the show though.
But no...not Celebrity Mole.
 

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Scrabble with Chuck Woolery. I loved that show so much!

And I'll second The Mole even though it's not quite a game show.
 

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Classic Concentration and Let's Make a Deal
 

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MasterOfPuppets said:
I'm changing my vote away from Fear Factor and over to The Mole...also not a traditional game show, but all 2 seasons were definitely entertaining. It would probably be a little difficult to bring back Anderson Cooper to the show though.
But no...not Celebrity Mole.
+1 to the Mole. Not the Celebrity version. I've been catching some repeats on Fox Reality but I can't seem to keep up with their scheduling. I would also like to see Let's Make a Deal come back. Press Your Luck was usually entertaining.
 

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I'll add my vote for The Mole

They did redo Press Your Luck on GSN.

Card Sharks FOR SURE!

and Match Game.

P.S. I wish GSN would go back to the old format of showing the classic gameshows :(
 

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I'm going back a bit here...I can limit it to four:
High Rollers (the three-column version, but with up to five prizes per column like NBC had)
Concentration
Gambit
College Bowl (which still exists - USC won the national championship a few months ago - but the organizers charge the schools an arm and a leg with nothing in return, when it should be the other way around)

The problem with bringing back shows like High Rollers and Concentration is, it's almost impossible to have a five-a-week game show today where they continue from one day to the next (Jeopardy has returning champions, but that's about it in terms of continuity). With High Rollers and Gambit, you can probably get around this by playing the bonus game after every game instead of every 2-out-of-3 match (this is how they did weekly syndicated High Rollers in the 1970s), but this is much harder to do with Concentration (they tried forcing the second game each day to end on time, but that didn't work out too well).

As for some of the other suggestions...

jradosh said:
Match Game (but you'd need to get some good comedians)
The Match Game/Hollywood Squares hour had Arsenio Hall and Michael "human sound effects machine" Winslow, but that didn't stop it from crashing and burning. Also, the two attempts to bring it back in the 1990s suffered from severe format change problems. They need to keep the 1970s format (the only change that would work is, every celebrity plays every round), and have regular and semi-regular celebrities who understand the concept and the spirit of the show.

devdogAZ said:
I'd definitely like to see Greed back, as well as that "Quiz-Show" type game called "Twenty One" on NBC.
Greed was a good show; however, Twenty-One had serious problems when it was brought back. They kept changing the prize structure (NBC wanted the show to give away more money than Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?); the bonus round was almost an afterthought; having every question be multiple choice didn't fit (probably borrowed from Millionaire, to make it easier for home viewers to play along); the "three strikes" rule didn't work too well either.
However, the main problem was Maury Povich; he not only had little clue what he was doing, but he actually gave some contestants clues as to what to do. For example, if a player got 21, and then the other player chose a question that would get this player to 21 as well, Maury would tell the second player that the first one had 21, and the second player would realize that there's no need to hold onto their "offstage partner" as an incorrect answer ends the game. Also, if the first player gets three strikes, Maury would tell the second player this before the second player chose a point level, and the second player, realizing that any correct answer would win, chose the 1-point question.

Here's how I'd change Twenty-One: I would make it a "race to 21" rather than letting the players decide if they wanted to stop at any point, limit each category to 1-5 point questions (you need the isolation booths in case both choose the same question), get rid of multiple choice (except maybe for the lower-level questions), don't penalize wrong answers, and have the prize $25,000 per game, with the prize increased by $25,000 each time there was a 21-21 tie and the players had to start over.
(Another idea: instead of 1-5 points, make each category 1-6, and in order to get 21 (which happens to be 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 6), a player has to answer a question from six categories, each with a different point level.)

-- Don
 
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