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We Will Miss You Brett Somers WESTPORT, Conn. (AP) Actress and comedian Brett Somers, who amused game show fans with her quips on the "Match Game" in the 1970s, has died, her son said. She was 83. Somers died Saturday at her home in Westport of stomach and colon cancer, Adam Klugman said Monday. Hosted by Gene Rayburn, "Match Game" was the top game show during much of the 1970s. Contestants would try to match answers to nonsense questions with a panel of celebrities; much of the humor came from the racy quips and putdowns. Shows from the 1973-79 run, featuring regulars like Somers, Richard Dawson and Charles Nelson Reilly, are still seen on cable TV's GSN (formerly Game Show Network.) Somers married actor Jack Klugman, the future star of the television shows "Quincy" and "The Odd Couple," in 1953. The two separated in 1974, but never divorced.
Tags: Brett  Somers    Match  Game 
Added: 17th September 2007
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Posted By: Cliffy
Family Feud - September The most memorable episode in the long history of Family Feud! The normally unflappable Richard Dawson loses his compsure completely after a contestant gives an absurd answer.
Tags: Family  Feud  Richard  Dawson  September 
Added: 28th September 2007
Views: 3588
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Posted By: Lava1964
Louie Anderson at The 9th Annual Young Comedians Special 1984 Rodney Dangerfield Hosts the 9th Annual Young Comedians Special. Taped at his nightclub in New York City, Dangerfield performed and acted as host while he introduced several young comedians who were given the opportunity to perform. Louie Anderson was one of eleven children and was raised on the east side of Saint Paul, Minnesota. He feels that his first audience was his family and many of his early experiences are the cornerstone of his comedy act. He will have you in stitches talking about his dad. His material involves his relationship with his mother and father, and many life experiences. In 1999, Louie landed the role as host of the new version of Family Feud. He beat out popular country singer Dolly Parton for the role. Anderson asked former Feud host Richard Dawson to come on the premiere show to give him his blessing, but Dawson declined.
Tags: louie  anderson  rodney  dangerfield  stand  up  comics 
Added: 5th November 2007
Views: 4106
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Posted By: Guido
Richard Dawson Unhappy Match Game Departure CBS had an immediate winner on its hands when it reintroduced TV audiences to Match Game in 1973. Gene Rayburn had hosted a more formal version of the game show in the 1960s, but it was never a big hit. However, the fun, free-wheeling 1970s version on CBS caught the fancy of viewers by the millions with its moderately risque questions in which TINKLE or BOOBS might be proffered as matches to the show's fill-in-the-blank format. Airing weekdays at 4:30 p.m., Match Game drew a wide variety of viewers from housewives to students getting home from school and everything in between. Although Rayburn was again the emcee, Richard Dawson, whose last major TV gig was his role as Corporal Peter Newkirk on Hogan's Heroes from 1965 to 1971, quickly became the show's centerpiece. Seated in the center of the bottom tier, he routinely engaged in witty and humorous banter with Gene and the contestants--and he was consistently the best player on the six-person panel. Match Game was the number-one daytime show in from 1973 until 1976. It was finally usurped by Family Feud, another game based on matching answers that was hosted by...Richard Dawson! His engaging manner absolutely shone in Family Feud. As Family Feud soared in popularity, Dawson became less interested in being a Match Game panelist. Still, Dawson was the clearly best player and would most often be selected by knowledgeable contestants when they were playing for the Super-Match jackpot question. In a candid interview long after Match Game went off the air, fellow regular panelist Brett Somers said she and Charles Nelson Reilly disliked Dawson because of his aloof personality to the point of them silently hoping he would not match the contestant. (Dawson, a non-drinker, did not socialize with the other five panelists during their boisterous lunch breaks where booze flowed freely.) In 1978, CBS expanded its afternoon soap operas to full hours and moved Match Game to a morning time slot. It was a horrendous blunder. The after-school crowd and working people could no longer watch the show. Moreover, a new gimmick--the star wheel-- was introduced. It randomized which celebrity would be used for the jackpot question. Dawson saw the star wheel as a personal slight and his mood on the show noticeably soured. His friendly banter with Gene virtually disappeared. Sensing Dawson was unhappy with Match Game, the show's producers asked if he wanted out of his contract. Dawson said yes. His final appearance on the daytime version of Match Game was episode #1285. He was shown in the opening montage holding a sign that said, "Fare thee well." At the episode's end, Gene made no announcement pertaining to Richard's impending departure--even after he was conspicuously not listed among the celebrity panelists who would be appearing on the following week's shows. Dawson left the studio without saying goodbye to anyone. He and Gene Rayburn never spoke again. Dawson coldly stated years later, "I moved on to greener pastures." Beset by declining ratings, Match Game was cancelled by CBS in 1979, although the syndicated Match Game PM ran until 1982. Rayburn died in 1999. Dawson died in 2012.
Tags: Match  Game  Richard  Dawson  unhappy  departure 
Added: 6th July 2017
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Posted By: Lava1964
First Bad Family Feud Player This clip is from early in the first season of Family Feud, so this poor schmuck might be the first in a long line of players to give truly rotten answers during the Fast Money round. (You've got to love how Richard Dawson's shirt matches his tie. Whatever happened to that style?)
Tags: Family  Feud 
Added: 20th November 2007
Views: 1637
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Posted By: Lava1964
Richard Dawson on Whats My Line Richard Dawson appears as a mystery guest on the synidcated version of What's My Line in 1974. (Richard had not yet begun his successful tenure as host of Family Feud.)
Tags: Richard  Dawson  Whats  My  Line 
Added: 17th February 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
Richard Dawson Final Family Feud From 1985, Richard Dawson wraps up his final show as host of Family Feud with an emotional monologue. (The last three minutes of this clip were never broadcast.)
Tags: Richard  Dawson  Family  Feud 
Added: 21st May 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
Match Game Richard Dawson Wont Smile A lot of the fun and frivolity on Match Game vanished in 1978 when Richard Dawson began to act surly. He had been hosting the wildly successful Family Feud since 1976 and had grown tired of his panelist role on Match Game. By 1978 Dawson's cold demeanor was adversely affecting Match Game. Watch what happens when some audience members ask him to smile.
Tags: Match  Game  Richard  Dawson 
Added: 15th September 2008
Views: 1857
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Posted By: Lava1964
Richard Dawson Cheered For No Apparent Reason More Match Game silliness: Richard Dawson is cheered before he does anything!
Tags: Match  Game  Richard  Dawson 
Added: 24th September 2008
Views: 925
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Posted By: Lava1964
1905 Dawson City Nuggets One of the great sports stories of the twentieth century was the improbable challenge for the Stanley Cup made by the Dawson City Nuggets back in 1905. The Cup was still a challenge trophy at the time, and somehow a group of recreational hockey players from the distant Yukon Territory was granted permission by the Cup's trustees to play the powerful Ottawa Silver Seven for Lord Stanley's hardware in 1905. Now all they had to do was travel 4,400 miles to Ottawa for the best-of three series. The Nuggets made their way to the Canadian capital by bicycle, dog sled, boat, railroad, and on foot. They arrived in Ottawa exhausted just one day before the first game was scheduled. They promptly lost 9-2. The next game was even worse. The defending champs from Ottawa won 23-2. Frank McGee notched 14 goals for the winners.
Tags: Dawson  CIty  Nuggets  hockey 
Added: 15th June 2009
Views: 1095
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Posted By: Lava1964

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