Santa Anita Park
Santa Anita Park is a Thoroughbred racetrack in Arcadia, United States. It offers some of the prominent horse racing events in the United States during the winter and in spring; the track is home to numerous prestigious races including both the Santa Anita Derby and the Santa Anita Handicap as well as hosting the Breeders' Cup in 1986, 1993, 2003, 2008, 2009, from 2012 to 2014, plus 2016. In 2011, Santa Anita's ownership was moved to The Stronach Group. Frank Mirahmadi is the current track commentator. Santa Anita Park was part of "Rancho Santa Anita,", owned by former San Gabriel Mission Mayor-Domo, Claudio Lopez, named after a family member, "Anita Cota." The ranch was acquired by rancher Hugo Reid, a Scotsman. It was owned by multimillionaire horse breeder and racer Lucky Baldwin. Baldwin built a racetrack adjacent to the present site in what is today Arcadia, outside of the city of Los Angeles, in 1904, it closed in 1909 and burned down in 1912. In 1933, California legalized parimutuel wagering and several investor groups worked to open racetracks.
In the San Francisco area, a group headed by Dr. Charles H "Doc" Strub was having trouble locating a site. In the Los Angeles area, a group headed by movie producer Hal Roach was in need of further funds; these two groups combined and the newly formed Los Angeles Turf Club opened the present day track on Christmas Day in 1934, making it the first formally-established racetrack in California. Architect Gordon Kaufmann designed its various buildings in a combination of Colonial Revival and a type of art deco known as Streamline Modern, painted in Santa Anita's signature colors of Persian Green and Chiffon Yellow. In February 1935, the first Santa Anita Handicap was run; the race's $100,000 purse, largest of any race in the United States until that time, produced its nickname the Big'Cap. In its heyday, the track's races attracted such stars Betty Grable, Lana Turner, Edgar Bergen, Jane Russell, Cary Grant, Esther Williams, other stars. Bing Crosby, Joe E. Brown, Al Jolson, Harry Warner were all stockholders.
In 1940, Seabiscuit won the Santa Anita Handicap in his last start. In 1942, racing at Santa Anita was suspended due to the Second World War. Santa Anita was used as an "assembly center" for Japanese Americans excluded from the West Coast. For several months in 1942, over 18,000 people lived in horse stables and military-style barracks constructed on the site, including actor George Takei a young boy. After the track reopened in 1945, it went through the postwar years with prosperity. A downhill turf course, which added a distinctly European flair to racing at Santa Anita, was added in 1953. Due to its proximity to Los Angeles, Santa Anita has traditionally been associated with the film and television industries; the racetrack sequences in the Marx Brothers 1937 classic A Day at the Races were filmed there, The Story of Seabiscuit with Shirley Temple was filmed on location in 1949. It was featured in A Star Is Born. Several stars, including Bing Crosby, Spencer Tracy, Errol Flynn, Alex Trebek, MGM mogul, Louis B.
Mayer, have owned horses. The 1958 Santa Anita Derby was attended by 61,123 people, making the attendance that day a record crowd, they had come to watch Silky Sullivan win -- going away. The 1960s brought about a major renovation of Santa Anita Park, including a much-expanded grandstand as well as major seating additions. In 1968, Del Mar Racetrack relinquished its dates for a fall meeting. A group of horsemen including Clement Hirsch intervened and established the not-for-profit Oak Tree Racing Association. Oak Tree had no facilities of its own and rented Santa Anita Park for its first autumn meeting in 1969; the Oak Tree Association became. This meet ran from the end of September until early November. Many key stakes races were held during the Oak Tree Meeting, including many preps to the Breeders' Cup races; the Oak Tree meet relocated to Hollywood Park for 2010 but the California Horse Racing Board awarded the fall dates to Santa Anita in its own right in 2011. This prompted a renaming of many stakes races held at the fall meeting that were associated with Oak Tree.
For example, the Norfolk, Yellow Ribbon, Lady's Secret, Oak Leaf, were renamed at the FrontRunner, Awesome Again, Rodeo Drive and Chandelier respectively. Prosperity continued at Santa Anita throughout the 1980s. In 1984, Santa Anita was the site of equestrian events at the 1984 Olympics; the following year, the track set an attendance record of 85,527 people on Santa Anita Handicap Day. However, recognizing the potential revenue boon to the State of California, the California Legislature expanded off track betting, bring operating betting parlors within closer driving distance of the race-day tracks. While the Santa Anita meeting could still draw large crowds, attendance had decreased by a third. Only 56,810 people were at the park for Santa Anita Derby Day 2007 to witness a Grade I event. In 1997, Santa Anita Park was acquired by Meditrust when it purchased the Santa Anita Companies for its unique real estate investment trust paired share corporate structure. Following the elimination of the special tax treatment accorded Pair Share REITs, Meditrust sold the track to Magna Entertainment Corp.
In 2006, Gulfstream Park and Santa Anita cohosted the Sunshine Millions, a day of competition with $3.6 million in stakes races between horses bred in the State of Florida and those bred in the State of California. At Santa Anita standardbred racing was conducted. At Santa Anita Park's European-style paddock there are statues of jockeys George Woolf, Johnny Longden, Bi
Ballbreakers (game show)
Ballbreakers is an American pocket billiards game show that began on the Game Show Network on July 18, 2005. The hosts were Sal Masekela, Ewa Mataya Laurance, Adrianne Curry. GSN cancelled the show in 2006; the show featured four people who first auditioned for the show in both categories of personality and pool skill. The four contestants played games of nine ball against one another for bets. At the beginning of the show, each contestant was given $5,000 for use in betting. During warm-ups, a player was selected for control of the table, he decided. The minimum bet in the first round was $1,000 per game; the first round continued until all players had played at least once, at which point the two players with the least money were pitted against one another in an elimination round. Any player with money was allowed to place a side bet on the current game. Anything could be bet on. All side bets were in $500 increments, but the bettor was required to find a taker for a bet to be official; the two players with the smallest bankrolls at the end of a round were forced to play one game to survive.
Whoever had the smaller bankroll was of necessity all-in, the opponent put in an equal amount. The winner of the game survived to move on to the next round, collected winnings as usual. If the "all-in" player moved on, that meant; the winner of the "Table Control" game collected all of this contended money. In round two, minimum bets were $2,000, the challenged player could not back down; the challenged player could either raise. Side bets were still bottomed at $500, the winner of the first game played against the other player in the round. In addition, failing to make a ball on the break gave the opponent ball-in-hand. After two games, the two low scorers played in the Elimination game as in round one. In the final round, the two remaining players played for all of the money. In this round, missing any shot gave the opponent ball-in-hand; the first three games were'all-in' affairs. If the round went three games with no player having all $20,000, the fourth game was played for all of the cash, regardless of each player's bankroll at that time.
For celebrity shows the rules were altered, in round 1, each player automatically risked $1,000 and no higher during games, side bets were limited to $500. In round 2, players risked $2,000 for each game. In the final round consisted of three sudden death games, with the player in 4th facing 3rd, the winner playing the person in 2nd, the winner of that playing against the player in first, the winner received $20,000 for their charity, the others received $10,000 for their charities, all four celebrities received a Brunswick pool table for themselves. Two celebrity shows were broadcast. Http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/ballbreakers-to-premiere-july-18-on-gsn-54533572.html
Bingo America is an American game show broadcast by Game Show Network. The series follows two contestants as they try to compete to win up to $100,000. Additionally, the series lets at-home viewers print bingo cards online that allow them to play along with the show to win small amounts of money for themselves. Created and produced by Andrew Glassman, the show was hosted by Patrick Duffy and Crystal Wallasch; when its second season premiered on October 6, 2008, they were replaced by Richard Karn and Diane Mizota, respectively. Two contestants compete on each episode. On each turn, a Bingo ball comes out of the hopper and a question is asked; each ball has a letter in the word "BINGO" printed on it. If the question is answered the player earns the letter from that ball and the number on the ball is added in dollars to the bank, which starts at $500. If the letter is a duplicate earned by the player, no extra letters are earned; the first player that spells out BINGO from the earned. A Free-Space Ball with a sponsor's logo acts as a wild card in the game.
The player who answers a question when that ball is rolled out can choose any letter, $100 is added to the bank. Two regular games are played. Contestants who win both games receive all the money in the bank. If each contestant wins one game, a five-question tie-breaker game is played; the first question's answer begins with a B, the second question's answer starts with I, so on. The first to answer three questions wins the money in the bank and goes on to play the Bingo Bonus Board for a chance at $100,000. If time runs short during a game, the show goes to a 50/50 round. In the 50/50 round the remaining questions of that game are asked in a multiple-choice fashion, with two possible answers given. Contestants who answer incorrectly at this point have credit for the question automatically given to their opponent; the winner of the main game plays the Bingo Bonus Board. In the first season of the show, each number on the Bingo Bonus Board represented a cash amount or another prize, up to a grand prize of $100,000 cash.
Every prize was repeated at least twice on the board. The contestant chose one number at a time, won the first prize to be revealed twice. In the second season, 55 of the 75 spaces concealed cash values, while 20 hid "wrecking balls." Contestants selected a number in that row. After each selection, the contestants could leave the game with the money won or risk their winnings and continue with a selection in the next row. Contestants who chose wrecking balls lost the money. Contestants who made five successful picks kept all of their accumulated bonus money and activated the Bingo Sphere one more time for the Superball. If any of the contestants' five chosen bonus numbers matched the one on the Superball, their bonus round winnings were augmented to $100,000. Marine John Stefan was the first contestant to win $100,000, doing so under the first format on April 11, 2008. John Hanlin was the only player to win the top prize under the second format, doing so on October 22, 2008. At-home viewers are allowed to play along with the show downloading bingo cards available at GSN's website.
Once the taping of the show is complete and all of the randomly drawn numbers have been recorded, a computer generates bingo cards that viewers can download and print for the broadcast of the show a few weeks later. A home player who earns a "Bingo" is directed to GSN's website to claim a $50 prize; the series, created by veteran television producer Andrew Glassman, was first announced as green-lit on January 30, 2008. The first season contained 40 episodes, which began airing on March 31, 2008. A second season of the series, consisting of 65 episodes, debuted on October 6, 2008, with Karn and Mizota joining the show; when asked to explain the host change, GSN argued that while Duffy was a "terrific" host and the network "loved working with him," Karn was "a perfect fit for all the exciting changes." Bingo America received mixed critical reception. David Hinckley of the New York Daily News argued that the series only got "partly there" in attempting to bring bingo to television, "doesn't quite capture what the game is about."
Additionally, Ed Bark, a former television critic at The Dallas Morning News, argued that the show, "moves along briskly enough and it won't hurt anybody," and added that it had potential to raise the level of GSN's "miniscule" audience. In 2008, GSN announced plans to launch a new website featuring multiple variations of game show-themed merchandise. Among the items featured in the online store was an interactive DVD game by Imagination Entertainment based on the series' format, released at the time the second season premiered; the game plays to the show, beginning with a "Bingo Draw" round. During this round, players attempt to be the first to earn a "Bingo" while accumulating points by answering trivia questions. Once a player earns a "Bingo" the "Bingo Bonus Board" round is played; the winner of the previous round tries to add more points to their score by matching two hidden numbers. Opposing players can earn points by guessing which numbers the other player chooses in this round. Whoever earns the most points during the game is the winner.
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Margaret LeAnn Rimes Cibrian is an American singer, songwriter and author. Rimes rose to stardom at age 13 following the release of her version of the Bill Mack song "Blue", becoming the youngest country music star since Tanya Tucker in 1972. Rimes made her breakthrough into country music in 1996 with her debut album, which reached No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart and was certified multi-platinum in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America. The album's eponymous leadoff single, "Blue", became a Top 10 hit and Rimes gained national acclaim for her similarity to Patsy Cline's vocal style; when she released her second studio album in 1997, You Light Up My Life: Inspirational Songs, she moved towards country pop material, which set the trend for a string of albums released into the next decade. Rimes has won many awards, including two Grammys, three ACMs, a CMA, 12 Billboard Music Awards, one American Music award, she has released ten studio albums and three compilation albums and two greatest hits albums, one released in the U.
S. and the other released internationally, through her record label of 13 years, Curb Records, placed over 40 singles on American and international charts since 1996. She has sold over 37 million records worldwide, with 20.8 million album sales in the United States according to Nielsen SoundScan. Billboard ranked her 17th artist of the 1990–2000 decade. Rimes has written four books: two novels and two children's books, her hit song "How Do I Live" was ranked as the most successful song of the 1990s by Billboard magazine. Margaret LeAnn Rimes was born in Mississippi, she is the only child of Belinda Butler. The family moved to Garland, when she was six, she was enrolled in vocal and dance classes, was performing at local talent shows at the age of 5. Rimes began her career in musical theatre, performing in a Dallas, production of A Christmas Carol, landing the lead part in the Broadway production of Annie. After appearing on the network television competition show Star Search, where she charmed host Ed McMahon in addition to being a one-week champion, Rimes decided to go into country music.
Rimes appeared a number of times on Johnnie High's Country Music Revue in Arlington, which gained the attention of national talent scouts. By age nine, Rimes was an experienced singer, she toured nationally with her father and regularly performed a cappella renditions of "The Star Spangled Banner" at the opening of the Dallas Cowboys football games. Wilbur Rimes began recording his daughter under the independent label Nor Va Jak when she turned eleven, she released three albums between 1991 and 1996. Rimes was discovered by Dallas disc record promoter Bill Mack. Mack was impressed by Rimes's vocal ability, over the following three years, he made various attempts to take Rimes to a mainstream level; the center of Mack's plan to bring her success was his composition, "Blue". In July 1994, Rimes recorded the song on All That. After signing with Curb Records, Rimes re-recorded a new version of "Blue" for her debut studio album, as a single. However, Rimes told a BBC radio program in October 2016 that the record company accidentally released the version she had recorded as an 11-year-old.
She said. During this time the media were reporting; the album Blue sold 123,000 copies in its first week, the highest figure in SoundScan history at that time. It peaked at number one on the Top Country Albums and debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 albums chart selling a total of four million copies in the United States and eight million copies worldwide. AllMusic considered the album to be "delightful" and that it could "help inspire other young teens". Rimes followed up the single with several charting country singles from her 1996 album, starting with "One Way Ticket", which reached number one on the Billboard Country Chart in 1996, she released a duet single with Eddy Arnold from the album, a remake of his 1955 hit "The Cattle Call". The album's other hits included the Top 5 "The Light in Your Eyes" and the minor hit "Hurt Me". With the album's success, Rimes received many major industry awards. In 1997 at 14 years old she became the youngest person to win a Grammy, for Best New Artist and Best Female Country Vocal Performance for "Blue".
She was the first Country music artist to win the Best New Artist category. The same year she won the Country Music Association's "Horizon Award" for Best New Artist Of The Year, becoming the youngest person to be nominated and win a Country Music Association award. In 1997, Rimes released a compilation of recorded material under the Nor Va Jak label, Unchained Melody: The Early Years; the album consisted of remakes, ranging from Country to pop, including songs recorded by The Beatles, Whitney Houston, Bill Monroe, Dolly Parton. Rimes's version of the title track became a major country hit in early 1997 and helped increase sales for the album. In June 1997, Rimes would appear on the Disney Channel for television special called LeAnn Rimes in Concert. In September 1997, Rimes released her follow-up studio album to Blue titled You Light Up My Life: Inspirational Songs; the album covered classic inspirational songs, such as "Clinging to Saving a Hand" and "Amazing Grace". It featured pop music remakes of songs such as Debby Boone's "You Light Up My Life" and Bette Midler's "The Rose".
The album was a departure from Rimes's previous releases as it contained more Adult Contemporary-styled music than Country. The album sold over four million copies in the United
Lingo (U.S. game show)
Lingo is an American television game show with multiple international adaptations. Three Lingo series have aired in the United States; the first was aired in daily syndication from September 28, 1987 until March 25, 1988, taped at BCTV in Burnaby, British Columbia. A revival/reboot of the series debuted on Game Show Network on August 5, 2002 and ended in 2007 after running for a total of six seasons. A reworked version of the 2002 series debuted on GSN on June 6, 2011 and ended its run on August 1 of the same year; the show's format combined the structure of the game of chance known as bingo with a word guessing game. Two teams of two contestants, one of them returning champions, competed. To start the game, each team received. One team's Lingo card had numbers and blue markers, the other had odd numbers and red markers; the champions always had numbers. Seven of the twenty-five spaces on each card were covered. Play began with the red team. A five-letter word was randomly selected by an Amiga computer and the first letter was displayed before the team provided a guess.
The team had five seconds to provide a valid guess, which had to be five letters in length and spell the word. If the team did not come up with the right word on the first try, they were shown which letters were correctly-placed as well as those in the word but not placed. If a letter was in the word and in its correct place, the square was lit in red and the letter remained displayed for each subsequent guess. If a letter was in the word but was not in its proper place, a yellow circle was placed around it. Play continued in this manner. A team could lose control if any of the following things happened: Failing to guess the word within five tries; the five tries carry over if control passed to the other team. Giving an invalid word, whether it be misspelled, not in the dictionary, or not five letters in length. If a word was longer than five letters but the first five letters spelled a valid word in the dictionary, the team retained control. Failing to come up with a guess within five seconds.
If more than one letter in the word had not yet been revealed, one was given to the other team before they took control. If only one letter remained, the team were allowed five seconds to confer. Once a team guessed the word, each contestant drew a ball from a hopper in front of them. Eighteen of the balls had numbers on them corresponding with the numbers of the uncovered spaces on their Lingo card; when drawn, the corresponding space was marked on the team's Lingo card. Three red balls were in the hopper; each hopper contained what were referred to as "prize balls". When the series premiered, each team had three placed in their hoppers, each ball corresponded with a prize. Drawing one ball won the team $250 in traveler's cheques. Drawing another ball added a trip. If the team managed to draw all three prize balls in their hopper, they won a cash jackpot which started at $1,000 and increased by $500 for each game it went unclaimed; as long as a team did not draw a red ball, they retained control and received first guess at the next word.
The match went on. The first team to do this won the game, $250, a chance at thousands more in the bonus round. Partway through the series' short run, the main game payouts were adjusted. Instead of receiving $250 for winning a game, the winning team's total was determined by the line they made when completing a lingo. Horizontal and vertical lines paid off at $500, while diagonal lines paid $1,000. If the team was able to complete two lines with one draw—referred to as a "double Lingo"—the team won $2,000; the number of prize balls in the team's hoppers was reduced from three to two. Still, the cash jackpot became the only prize available; the bonus round had the exact opposite objective of the front game, with teams working to avoid completing a line, giving the round its name of "No Lingo". Before the round started, the team was shown a Lingo card with all numbers on it. Sixteen of them were covered to start the round, with the pattern forming a star shape and the center space left open; the champions were staked with $500 to start.
For each mystery word, the team was given five chances to guess and were shown the first letter and one additional letter to start. If the team guessed the word on the first try, they drew one Lingo ball from the hopper in front of them; each subsequent chance added. If the team went through their allotted chances without guessing the word, they incurred a penalty of two Lingo balls and would be required to draw seven balls from the hopper. All thirty-seven numbers that could be on the Lingo card were placed in the hopper, which could work to a team's advantage as they could draw a ball that had either been covered or did not appear on the card at all. If the team managed to avoid completing a Lingo, their winnings were doubled. There was a gold ball in the hopper and if it was drawn at any point in the team's turn, their money doubled on the spot and their turn ended. If any of the drawn balls formed a Lingo, the team lost everything. After each turn, including at the beginning of the round, the tea
Reality television is a genre of television programming that documents purportedly unscripted real-life situations starring unknown individuals rather than professional actors. Reality television came to prominence in the late 1990s and early 2000s with the global successes of the series Survivor and Big Brother, all of which became global franchises. Reality television shows tend to be interspersed with "confessionals", short interview segments in which cast members reflect on or provide context for the events being depicted on-screen. Competition-based reality shows feature gradual elimination of participants, either by a panel of judges or by the viewership of the show. Documentaries, television news, sports television, talk shows, traditional game shows are not classified as reality television; some genres of television programming that predate the reality television boom are retroactively labeled reality television, including hidden camera shows, talent-search shows, documentary series about ordinary people, high-concept game shows, home improvement shows, court shows featuring real-life cases.
Reality television has faced significant criticism since its rise in popularity. Critics argue reality television shows do not reflect reality, in ways both implicit, deceptive; some have been accused of underdog to win. Other criticisms of reality television shows include that they are intended to humiliate or exploit participants. Television formats portraying ordinary people in unscripted situations are as old as the television medium itself. Producer-host Allen Funt's Candid Camera, in which unsuspecting people were confronted with funny, unusual situations and filmed with hidden cameras, first aired in 1948, is seen as a prototype of reality television programming. Precedents for television that portrayed people in unscripted situations began in the late 1940s. Queen for a Day was an early example of reality-based television; the 1946 television game show Carry sometimes featured contestants performing stunts. Debuting in 1948, Allen Funt's hidden camera show Candid Camera broadcast unsuspecting ordinary people reacting to pranks.
In 1948, talent search shows Ted Mack's Original Amateur Hour and Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts featured amateur competitors and audience voting. In the 1950s, game shows Beat the Clock and Truth or Consequences involved contestants in wacky competitions and practical jokes. Confession was a crime/police show which aired from June 1958 to January 1959, with interviewer Jack Wyatt questioning criminals from assorted backgrounds; the radio series Nightwatch tape-recorded the daily activities of Culver City, California police officers. The series You Asked for It incorporated audience involvement by basing episodes around requests sent in by postcard from viewers. "You're Another", a science fiction short story by American writer Damon Knight, first appeared in the June 1955 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and contains the earliest fictional depiction of what is now called reality television. First broadcast in the United Kingdom in 1964, the Granada Television documentary Seven Up!, broadcast interviews with a dozen ordinary 7-year-olds from a broad cross-section of society and inquired about their reactions to everyday life.
Every seven years, a film documented the life of the same individuals during the intervening period, titled the Up Series, episodes include "7 Plus Seven", "21 Up", etc.. The program was structured as a series of interviews with no element of plot. However, it did have the then-new effect of turning ordinary people into celebrities; the first reality show in the modern sense may have been the series The American Sportsman, which ran from 1965 to 1986 on ABC in the United States. A typical episode featured one or more celebrities, sometimes their family members, being accompanied by a camera crew on an outdoor adventure, such as hunting, hiking, scuba diving, rock climbing, wildlife photography, horseback riding, race car driving, the like, with most of the resulting action and dialogue being unscripted, except for the narration. In the 1966 Direct Cinema film Chelsea Girls, Andy Warhol filmed various acquaintances with no direction given; the 12-part 1973 PBS series An American Family showed a nuclear family going through a divorce.
In 1974 a counterpart program, The Family, was made in the UK, following the working class Wilkins family of Reading. Other forerunners of modern reality television were the 1970s productions of Chuck Barris: The Dating Game, The Newlywed Game, The Gong Show, all of which featured participants who were eager to sacrifice some of their privacy and dignity in a televised competition; the 1976-1980 BBC series The Big Time showed, in each of its 15 episodes, a different amateur in some field trying to succeed professionally in that field, with help from notable experts. The series is credited with starting the career of Sheena Easton, selected to appear in the episode showing an aspiring pop singer trying to enter the music business. In 1978, Living in the Past recreated life in an
The Newlywed Game
The Newlywed Game is an American television game show that pits newly married couples against each other in a series of revealing question rounds to determine how well the spouses know or do not know each other. The program created by Robert "Nick" Nicholson and E. Roger Muir and produced by Chuck Barris, has appeared in many different versions since its 1966 debut; the show became famous for some of the arguments that couples had over incorrect answers in the form of mistaken predictions, it led to some divorces. Many of The Newlywed Game's questions dealt with "making whoopee", the euphemism that producers used for sexual intercourse to circumvent network censorship. However, it became such a catchphrase of the show that its original host, Bob Eubanks, continued to use the phrase throughout the show's many runs in the 1980s and 1990s episodes and beyond, when he could have said "make love" or "have sex" during these periods without censorship. Game Show Network's version of The Newlywed Game airs reruns throughout the week.
Network Bounce TV has acquired the reruns from GSN. In 2013, TV Guide ranked it No. 10 in its list of the 60 greatest game shows ever. The Newlywed Game debuted on the ABC television network on July 11, 1966, it was the last U. S. commercial network series to premiere in black and white, although it converted to color, as did all other network series that had not done so, by the end of 1966, just before the prime-time version began. On the day it debuted, CBS pre-empted Password to cover a news conference held by Robert McNamara, delayed a half-hour, with the network "vamping" until he spoke. ABC opted to wait until just as the press conference began, as a result The Newlywed Game was able to get a slight head start in the head-to-head ratings battle with the long-running Password. Over the next few months more and more viewers were tuning into The Newlywed Game and it became a hit, while Password's ratings began to fall and led to the series' cancellation fourteen months later. On December 20, 1974, The Newlywed Game concluded its run after nearly eight and a half years on the network.
It was the longest running game show in ABC daytime history until 1985, when Family Feud surpassed it. A syndicated version of the show began airing in 1977. Successful, it nonetheless was canceled in 1980, not directly because of the show itself. In fall 1979, creator Chuck Barris had debuted a spin-off show, 3's a Crowd, in which a man, his wife and his secretary would compete; the controversy, driven by the implications of adultery that came with such a concept, ruined Barris's reputation and not only ended 3's a Crowd, but all three of Barris's other shows that were airing at the time: The Newlywed Game, The Dating Game and The Gong Show. A special week-long series for Valentine's Day aired on ABC in February 1984 and was the last time the show aired on a broadcast network; the set for the week of specials would be used for Bob Eubanks' return to The New Newlywed Game in syndication a year later. Up until the GSN series' 2009 premiere, all subsequent editions of The Newlywed Game were seen in syndication.
A revival that aired from 1985 until 1989 was referred to as The New Newlywed Game for the first three and a half years of its run. The last and most recent syndicated Newlywed Game aired new episodes from 1996 until 1999, continued in reruns for an additional season, was sold to stations as part of an hour-long block with a revival of The Dating Game. Founding host Bob Eubanks was the master of ceremonies, or "emcee," who became most associated with The Newlywed Game. Just 28 years old at the time the show debuted in 1966, he was the youngest emcee to host a game show. Eubanks hosted the ABC and first syndicated series returned to host The New Newlywed Game in September 1985. Jim Lange hosted the aforementioned week of specials in 1984. In December 1988, Eubanks stepped down as the host of the series and he was replaced with comedian Paul Rodriguez; the title of the series became The Newlywed Game Starring Paul Rodriguez and remained so for the remainder of the 1988-89 season, after which the series was cancelled after four seasons.
Gary Kroeger hosted the first season of the revival of The Newlywed Game in 1996, conducted under a much different format than the previous series. After a year of struggling ratings, Eubanks returned to host and the format was reinstated to the classic Newlywed Game format, he has hosted several special episodes of the current Newlywed Game, which has made Eubanks the only host to preside over an episode of the same series in six different decades. The GSN edition was hosted by Carnie Wilson and narrated by Randy West from its debut on April 6, 2009 until the end of its third season on July 16, 2010, when Wilson elected not to return; as noted above, Eubanks hosted two special episodes of this version – one featured Wilson and her husband as well as her sister Wendy, her mother Marilyn, their husbands. On August 18, 2010, it was announced that The View co-host Sherri Shepherd would take over as host for the fourth season of the show which premiered November 1, 2010; the fifth season premiered on April 18, 2011, with a new logo design, with Shepherd serving as a narrator in addition to hosting.
Shepherd continued taking on the role of host and narrator for the sixth season which premiered on October 25, 2012. Scott Beach, Barris's first choice as host, was the announcer in the early episodes of The Newlywed Game. After Beach resigned, Barris's primary staff announcer, Johnny Jacobs, took over, continuing as the announcer for the series until the first syndicated version was cancele