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"In Italian, 'ama' means 'love', and 'm'ama' means 'love me'. And 'non m'ama' means 'love me not'. Welcome to the game of love, the game that makes the world go round; M'ama non M'ama- Love Me, Love me Not, where four fascinating young women/ardent young men- [Introduce men/women panelists] are being pursued by two fascinating young women/ardent young men- [Introduce men/women contestants]. Now meet your host, the star of M'ama non M'ama, Alex Trebek!"
M'ama Non M'ama was a pair of 1984 pilots that were eventually reworked into Love Me, Love Me Not (which, appropriately, is what "M'ama Non M'ama" means in Italian). Based on the Italian format of the same name.
To start the game and to decide who goes first, one contestant plucked one of the petals on the daisy on their podium. Each petal either read "Love Me" (meaning they would go first) or "Love Me Not" (meaning the opponent would go first); they also each had a dollar amount (either $50, $100, or $150) which would go into a pot that doubled every time a panelist was captured. In this game, the two players of the same sex alternated turns picking panelists of the opposite sex. The chosen panelist also selected a category via a daisy petal and read a statement about love & romance. The player would then either agree or disagree on the statement, and a correct judgment captured the panelist.
Each panelist is asked one question, meaning that at the most each of the players could capture two panelists.
Any panelists who were not yet captured were still in play. The difference here is that two mistakes gave the opposing player a captured panelist.
The first player to capture three panelists won the game, the money in the pot, and moved on to the bonus round.
The player first asked an open-ended The Dating Game-style question to each of the three panelists s/he had captured. Once the panelist was picked, s/he joined the player on this big giant daisy, with the player starting on petal #1 (the top), and the panelist on petal #6 (clockwise from the top). Trebek then asked a series of true/false questions, and each time the player answered correctly, he/she moved to the next clockwise petal. But each time the player answered incorrectly, the panelist moves to the next petal. If the player reached the panelist in 50 seconds or less, they divided $1,000 per correct answer. If the 50 seconds run out, or if the panelist catches the player, the bonus round is lost. Upon a win, the two players teamed up to answer one final question.
If their collaborative answer is correct, they each also win a car. The two panelists who didn't play the game became the players on the next show.
M'ama Non M'ama was supposedly meant to replace ABC's Family Feud, which ended up being renewed through next June.
Two pilots were done in 1985 of Love Me, Love Me Not, which sold.
The original Italian version aired on Retequattro hosted by Marco Predolin along with Sabina Ciuffini followed by Ramona Dell'Abate as co-host from 1983 until 1985.