|Gene Rayburn (Match Game portions)|
Jon Bauman (Hollywood Squares portion)
|Mark Goodson Productions/|
"It's time for…The Match Game…Hollywood Squares…Hour! With (insert celebrities)…and the stars of The Match Game-Hollywood Squares Hour, GENE RAYBURN and JON BAUMAN!"
Two new contestants played the Match Game half of the show. As with the previous 1973–1982 run, the object of the game was to match as many of the celebrities as possible. At the beginning of each round, one contestant had a choice of two questions (A or B) leaving the other one for the other contestant. Each contestant was read a statement with a blank at the end or near the end. The six celebrities then wrote down their answers to fill in the blank. When finished, the contestant in control gave an answer of his/her own after which the stars revealed their answers. Each time the contestant matched he/she scored a point but each celebrity could only be matched one time.
Like Match Game PM, the game was played in three rounds and the player who had matched the most celebrities at the end of Round 3 won the game. If the game ended in a tie, a Super Match-style question was read and the contestants were shown four possible answers which were faced away from the stars. Each contestant chose an answer by number and then the stars one at a time gave verbal answers. The player whose answer was mentioned first won the game.
The winner of the game went on to play Hollywood Squares against the show's returning champion.
In the Hollywood Squares portion, Jon & Gene traded places with each other and an extra tier swung in to make room for three more stars. As in Hollywood Squares all by itself, the object of the game was to get three stars in row. They did that by agreeing or disagreeing with the stars' answers to questions; each time they did that correctly, they captured a square and scored $25, but each time they did that incorrectly, the square and money went to the opponent. The first player to get tic-tac-toe or get five stars won the game and more money. The first game was worth $100 and every game thereafter was worth $100 more than the previous.
What makes this Hollywood Squares different from all the other versions are these rules:
- The champion played X and the challenger played O. This was the only version where sex does not matter.
- A contestant could actually win by default by having the opponent fail to block by missing the question.
- All questions were multiple choice & true or false, because Mark Goodson said no to writing bluffs for the celebrities.
- There was no Secret Square game.
When time ran out, a school bell rang, and the player with the most money by that time won the match. If the match ended in a tie, one final question was played with the star of one contestant's choosing; if the contestant could agree or disagree correctly, he/she won the match; otherwise, the match went to the opponent. The winner of the match went to play the $30,000 Super Match. Both players kept the cash.
The Super Match was mostly the same as the original down to the host, for Gene Rayburn took over once again, but the Audience Match amounts were increased, and all nine stars participated.
A prior studio audience was asked to give its best response to a fill-in-the-blank phrase, and its three best answers were placed and hidden away on a game board. Each one was assigned a dollar amount according to the popularity of each answer; the top answer was worth $1,000, the middle answer was worth $500, and the least popular was worth $250. Once the question was revealed, the winning contestant selected three stars who gave their answers to help out the contestant. When the answers were given, the contestant then chose which answer to use, or they could reject them all and give an answer of his/her own. When all was said and done, the answers were revealed one at a time starting with the least popular answer and ending with the most popular. If the contestant could match any of the answers, he/she won the money attached to the answer. If the player chose an answer that was not on the board, he/she earned $100.
The nine stars had numbered cards in front of them. Four of the stars had 10s, another four had 20s, but only one of them had a 30; those numbers affected the amount won in the Audience Match. The winning contestant chose which star to play with, at which point the chosen celeb revealed his/her number, and that number was multiplied to the Audience Match award won (ranging from $1,000 to $30,000). Host Rayburn then read another fill-in-the-blank phrase after which the chosen star wrote his/her answer. The winning contestant then gave his/her answer after which the chosen star revealed his/hers and if they matched, the winning contestant won the grand cash prize.
In order to win the money, the contestant had to match his/her chosen celebrity's response exactly or it cannot be accepted; this meant that multiple forms of the same word, e.g. singular or plural, were usually accepted whereas synonyms were not.
Champions stayed on the show until they won five days in a row (for a possible payoff of $150,000 plus their Hollywood Squares winnings) or were defeated. The highest total awarded during the run was over $65,000.
Custom Designed PicsEdit
The ticket plug would also be reused on The Price is Right as a Showcase cue.
NBC Studios, Burbank, CA
A fusion of formats based on Match Game by Mark Goodson & Bill Todman and Hollywood Squares by Merrill Heatter and Bob Quigley.
This show replaced another short-lived NBC daytime game show, Fantasy.
While one host hosted the appropriate half of the show, the other host sat on the panel.
Due to conflicting ownership rights between Mark Goodson Productions (now FremantleMedia) and Orion Television (now MGM), The Match Game Hollywood Squares Hour has never been rerun since its cancellation.
"Gene Rayburn inviting you to join us again tomorrow/Monday." "Jon Bauman saying so long from The Match Game-Hollywood Squares Hour."
Match Game - the show that started it all.
Family Feud - its bonus round "Super Match" was the inspiration for the show and was hosted by its former panelist Richard Dawson in 1976 and 1994 respectively.
What the Blank! - an unsold pilot for FOX in 2004.
The Real Match Game Story: Behind The Blank - a documentary that aired on GSN in 2006.
Gameshow Marathon - Match Game was the 6th game show in 2006.
Hollywood Squares - The show that started it all
Storybook Squares - A short-lived, kid-friendly version of Hollywood Squares that aired on NBC in 1969 and from 1976 until 1977
Hip Hop Squares - A hip-hop/musical-themed version of Hollywood Squares that formerly aired on MTV2 in 2012 and currently on VH1 since 2017.
Rules for The Match Game Hollywood Squares Hour
The Match Game Hollywood Squares Hour @ Game Show Utopia
David's Match Game Hollywood Squares Hour Page
Match Game/Hollywood Squares Hour at ClassicSquares.com
Josh Rebich's Match Game-Hollywood Squares Hour Rule Sheet
Match Game-Hollywood Squares Hour @ Game Show Garbage