In its spectacular original run on network television, ‘Millionaire’ reinvented the game show genre, sparking big-money imitators and bringing the format back to prime-time.
As they wish the 78-year-old Alex Trebek a speedy recovery from pancreatic cancer, fans should also stop to appreciate his television legacy.
Unfortunately, hordes of reporters don’t much cover the person who saves well and makes a fortune bit-by-bit, as opposed to the lottery winner who wins big through sheer luck.
If the football game show participants don’t qualify as the worst contestants in history, who does? While we can’t claim an exhaustive list, herewith some nominees.
‘Press Your Luck’ game show player Michael Larson neither violated the law, nor any standards that would warrant being called a ‘scandal.’
Just by watching an old game show, we meet a way of thinking about the world that is noticeably different from our own.
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