|Ralph Paul (CBS)|
Wayne Howell (NBC)
|Frank Cooper Productions/|
Sy Fischer Associates
Dotto was a game show based on “Connect the Dots.”
Two contestants answered general knowledge questions to connect a series of dots; the dots represented the shape of a person, place or thing. Host Narz asked questions for 5, 8 or 10 dots to be connected. Each correct answer connected the dots on that player's graphic and gave the player who answered the question correctly a chance to identify the puzzle by secretly writing their answer; but a wrong answer connected the dots on their opponents board. A player could signal at any time and write the correct answer. If a player wrote down the correct answer, the other player, who could not see their opponent's correct response, had to answer verbally. If that player said the correct answer, the game ended in a tie. Otherwise, the contestant who solved the puzzle won $10 for each unconnected dot. If the game ended in a tie, the next puzzle would be worth $20 for each dot left. If that game also ended in a tie, each unconnected dot in the next game paid the winner $40.
On the NBC primetime edition, each unconnected dot paid the winner $100. If the game ended in a tie, the next game paid $200 a dot. Another tie increased the value of the next game to $300 a dot.
Jack Narz, the host, was unaware of any rigging, but even he gained reason to be suspicious when, on one edition, the responses that Marie Winn, one of the contestants, was giving seemed "a little too pat," as he phrased it. Winn later wrote the best-selling book The Plug-In Drug, a vicious attack on what she perceived as the addictive nature of television.
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- Connie Hines of Mister Ed was a contestant on the nighttime show.
- Marie Winn, who later wrote the best-selling book The Plug-In Drug, a vicious attack on what she perceived as the addictive nature of television, was the contestant to whom apparent "spoon-feeding" of correct responses struck network executives as suspicious when she appeared on one edition.
- This was the first game show of its kind to be cancelled due to the quiz show scandals.