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Art James
Tom Whitaker
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Unsold Pilot: 1972
Art James Productions

"Today, these three couples will swap partners for a half hour of suspense, laughs and prizes. Someone could take home this 1972 Pontiac Firebird. It's all in fun and it's all here on CHANGE PARTNERS! Now, here's the star of our show, Art James!"

Change Partners (Also known as CP) was an unusually unsold game show pilot where three married couples were introduced as a designated "question answerer" while the other was the "scorekeeper".


Main Game[]

The three married couples were introduced, and one of the spouses was designated the "question answerer" and the other the "scorekeeper" (in this case, all of the men answered and all of the women kept score). Here's where the show got its name: The answerers were then moved to other scorekeepers and these new teams were staked with 100 points.

The first team was asked a question, and the answerer would give his answer. The scorekeeper decided whether to agree or disagree with the answer and upon a wager from 10 to 100 points. The audience was told whether they were correct or incorrect by seeing the correct answer and the scorekeeper's team's official score, but not the players. This continued for three questions per couple. An answerer could bluff, since the answerer was trying to help his wife to win rather than the assigned scorekeeper. This process lasted for three rounds. The final round only shows the correct answer, not the official score.

Prize Round[]

The final round was the "prize round" where the couples were reunited, and they were shown nine possible prizes, each with a point value. Only the highest value prize was awarded, and only if the couple had enough points for it. So each couple attempted to pick a prize based on what they thought they scored, or they could choose to cash out at $1/point and forfeit their chance at winning. The couple who won the biggest prize possible won the game.

Bonus Round: Winner's Choice[]

The bonus round allowed the couple to convert their prize into a car plus some cash. If they choose to go, they were given one question and were allowed to confer. If they were correct, the prize was converted into a car and the couple won cash based on their total points doubled minus 1,000.


Chyron technology was used to show the audience whether each team was correct.

It is not known what would have happened if all three couples cashed out in the prize round, or all three tried to buy a prize they couldn't afford.

One question in the bonus round was "give me the first few words of the Declaration of Independence", with no particular clarification on what "few" meant.

(YouTube) Links[]

Change Partners at The Game Show Pilot Light
Full Pilot