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Host
Jim Perry
Announcer
Jack Clark
Broadcast
Twisters
Unsold Pilot for NBC: October 23, 1982
Packager
Bob Stewart-Sande Stewart Productions

"CONTESTANT #1: Which television game has ten players... CONTESTANT #2: ...and shows you one half of the question... CONTESTANT #3: ...for $10,000 and a brand new car? The answer is... ALL CONTESTANTS: "Twisters"! JACK: "Twisters" is right! And here's your host, Jim Perry!

Twisters was a game show pilot that combined elements of past & future Bob Stewart game shows, one of them being Jackpot.

PremiseEdit

Ten contestants competed for one whole week, trying to answer questions, but they were only shown halves of them.

GameplayEdit

Main GameEdit

The game was played on a giant shuffleboard, the shuffleboard was marked off with red and white stripes across its width. The white stripes were in groups of nine, numbered to correspond to a gallery of nine players seated in an archway, and a red stripe followed each group. The tenth player standing at the end of the board who was dubbed "The King/Queen of the Hill" would slide a puck down the board and when it landed on a number, the player with that number stood up and was shown two half questions more commonly known as "Twisters". The player whose number was landed on chose one of those questions in an attempt to stump the King/Queen, and then host Perry read the rest of the question after which the King of the Hill answered. A correct answer kept his/her position as King of the Hill, but an incorrect answer traded places with the gallery player. If the puck landed on a red stripe, the King of the Hill will have a chance to win a car by answering one question correctly.

The name of the show and these questions came from the fact that a completed question often led in a very different direction from that suggested by its prompt. Examples:

  • "WHAT ANGEL..." "was known as Mr. October?" (Answer: Reggie Jackson)
  • "WHAT CARDINAL..." "sin are you committing if you eat too much?" (Answer: Gluttony)
  • "WHAT CANINE..." "crime fighter unmasks costumed villains?" (Answer: Scooby-Doo)
  • "WHAT SPEECH..." "impediment does Porky Pig suffer from?" (Answer: Stuttering)

During the game, a point counter which started 40 decreased by a question chooser's number for each correct answer; as soon as the counter reached zero or if the number landed on matched the second number in the current score, the player whose number was just landed on will join the King/Queen of the Hill for a chance to win the game (the latter was classified as an "Instant Win").

In a win situation, each player chose a Twister he/she thought the other player can answer; if both players answer their questions correctly, they win the game, $1,000 ($500 apiece), and a chance to play the bonus game for $10,000; if not, the game goes on as before.

Bonus GameEdit

In this bonus, one of the players on the winning team was shown a series of answers. Host Jim would ask halves of questions, and the questioner would complete the question afterwhich the other player would try to answer. After each answer, a pass or if the questioner gave away the answer or the essence of the answer, the team moved on to a new answer. Each correct answer was worth $100 split between the players, and getting ten correct answers in 60 seconds or less split $10,000.

This bonus would later be used for the main game in another Bob Stewart pilot called $50,000 a Minute.


As previously stated, all ten players competed for one whole week, and the player with the most money at the end of the week returned to play the following week against nine new players.

MusicEdit

Bob Cobert - The theme had originally been used on Shoot for the Stars, and would later be used on the 1985 and 1989 versions of Jackpot.

Shuffleboard Cue - "Thru Train" by Bob Cobert (previously used on Chain Reaction, remixed from Supertrain).

Contestant Switch - "Honky-Tonk Humor #2" by Henrik Nielsen (Ole Georg Music) (This was also used as a theme song on another failed Bob Stewart pilot called Eye Q)

LinksEdit

Twisters - The Game Show Pilot Light
Rules for Twisters

YouTube VideoEdit

The Full Pilot

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