|Bob Stewart Productions|
"This is SHOOT THE WORKS! With today's guest stars: The beautiful & talented Anita Gillette, and the not-so beautiful but equally talented Bill Cullen! Now, here's the star of the show, of Shoot the Works, Mr. Geoff Edwards!"
"This is SHOOT FOR THE STARS! With today's guest stars: (insert celebrity #1), and (insert celebrity #2)! Now, here's the host of Shoot for the Stars, Mr. Geoff Edwards!"
Shoot for the Stars (originally Shoot the Works in the pilot) was a game show where words and phrases and names are not what they seem to be.
Two teams of two (consisting of one celebrity & one contestant) played a game of double meanings & puns.
Example: "Infant mug / Ozzie or Harriet" Answer: "Baby Face Nelson"
Two teams competed, each consisting of a contestant and a celebrity. The game board consisted of 24 numbered boxes. Hidden behind these numbers were money values ranging from $100 to $300, one $500 value, one "Double Your Score" card, four stars, and an "Instant Car" card.
Both teams began with $100 and took turns playing, starting with the challengers. During each turn, the team in control chose a box, whose contents were revealed, and then tried to decipher an awkward phrase. The two halves of the phrase were separated by a line; the contestant could answer only the first part, and the celebrity could answer only the second; if the contestant was stumped, he/she could pass and let the celebrity solve his/her half first. A correct answer rewarded the team as follows:
- Money amount – Added to the team's total.
- Double Your Score – Immediately doubled the team's total.
- Star – The team decided how much of their total they wanted to wager on the phrase, up to and including all of it. A correct answer added the value of the wager, while a miss deducted it.
- Instant Car – Awarded the player a new car.
An incorrect response carried no penalty, except when a star was in play.
The first team to accumulate $1,500 or more won the game. If the challengers reached this goal first, the champions were not given a chance to catch up, unlike shows such as The Joker's Wild that guaranteed an equal number of turns. The winning player received exactly $1,500, forfeiting any portion of the team's score above that total, while the losing player received parting gifts and kept any money or bonus prizes won in previous games.
Before the bonus game, the contestant decided to either give or receive (more contestants opted to give). The winning team hit a plunger to stop a randomizer on a number between 5 and 9, inclusively, which determined the number of correct answers needed in 60 seconds to win the round.
The giver was shown a series of two-word phrases and had to get his/her partner to guess it by describing each word separately. The partner could pass if he/she was stumped.
If the team gave the required number of answers before time ran out, the player won a cash jackpot that began at $1,000 and increased by $500 after every unsuccessful attempt.
Any player who made five attempts at the bonus round received a new car and retired from the show.
Shoot the Works Pilot
The show was basically the same except with the following differences:
- In the main game, each phrase had either a dollar amount or a star attached to it, and no bonuses.
- In the bonus round, the number of correct answers required to win ranged between 5 and 10, inclusively.
- During the round, the giver was shown a series of common phrases in which the keywords were underlined. His/Her job was to get his/her partner to say the underlined keywords by replacing them with words of his/her own or by describing them.
NBC Studio 8H, New York City, NY
Shoot for the Stars was later revived in 1986 on ABC as Double Talk.