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Panel games [Jan. 8th, 2010|09:39 pm]
Douglas Spencer
Here in the UK, particularly on BBC2 Television or on BBC Radio 4, we have cosy little panel games where no-one particularly cares who wins, and the object of the exercise is just for the panel (and audience) to have a good time. I'm thinking particularly of games like "Have I Got News For You", "Argumental", or "QI".

Here at Spencer Towers we're wondering if there's anything similar coming out of the USA. The nearest equivalent we can think of is "Whose Line Is It Anyway" which made it to both sides of the Atlantic. Are there others?

[User Picture]From: katiemariie
2010-01-09 12:23 am (UTC)
We don't really have any over here anymore but there were a few that were quite popular during the seventies and eighties. The premise of most of them was two contestants bet on the answers of various C-list celebrities. The celebrities answer humorously and banter throughout. They'd shoot about four episodes a day and the celebrity panel would just get progressively drunker as the day wore on. There was a bit more of an emphasis on supplying good answers on the part of the panel as there was a significant cash prize for the winning contestant. The big ones were Match Game, Hollywood Squares, and What's my Line?
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