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Carrie Grosvenor

Canceled Game Shows, Final Poll!

By February 11, 2009

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Welcome to the final installment of our series of Canceled Game Shows polls! Here are the four finalists, which came out on top in both the preliminary and semi-final rounds. These shows are all very different, and all fondly remembered.

1 vs. 100 was canceled in 2008 after two seasons. The show's concept was unique in that it pitted a single contestant against a "mob" of 100. Changes in the second season were not well received by fans, and a hiatus caused by the writers strike ultimately ended the game.

Rock & Roll Jeopardy took the much-loved Jeopardy format and gave it a musical twist. The show aired for three seasons on MTV, and was hosted by Jeff Probst. Its cancellation came as a surprise to viewers, while TV executives felt the show had run its course.

Press Your Luck is more popular now, over 20 years after its cancellation, than it was back in the 80s. The iconic Whammy is an instantly recognizable figure, and the show appears regularly in documentaries and clip shows. Host Peter Tomarken had a unique style and wonderful sense of humor, but the show was canceled in 1986 due to declining ratings.

The Joker's Wild, winner of the last semi-final poll, appeared in four different runs through the 70s, 80s, and 90s. Combining slot machines with card games, the game was both entertaining and fairly simple. The show marked the return of the Jack Barry/Dan Enright partnership, which had been damaged during the quiz show scandal of the 1950s.

It's now time to crown the winner; the game show that you, the viewers, would most like to see make a return to the small screen. Voting is open now, and will end next Wednesday, February 18th, when the winner will be announced.

If you'd like to take a look at all of the previous polls in the series, they can be found here: Finally, if you enjoy taking surveys and polls, our friends at Game Show News Net are running their GSNN Game Show Awards for the 2007-08 season, which closes at midnight on March 8th.

Update: Since the race is so tight on this one, we'll make a firm deadline of 12pm Eastern time on Wednesday, February 18th for the cut-off. I'll announce the winner in a blog post at that time. Keep the votes coming!


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