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Pilot[]

Taped Panel
October 12, 1986

[1]

Pat Sajak, Betty White, and Stuart Pankin

Series[]

Week Episodes Taped/Aired Panel
#01[2] #001-#004 Taped: 1986
Aired: December 29-31, 1986; January 02, 1987
Dick Shawn, Dorothy Lyman, and Richard Moll
#02[3] #005-#009 Taped:
Aired: January 05-09, 1987
Jamie Farr, Arleen Sorkin, and Leslie Nielsen
#03 #010-#014 Taped:
Aired: January 12-16, 1987
Ned Beatty, Roseanne Barr, and Stephen Furst
#04 #015-#019 Taped:
Aired: January 19-23, 1987
Tom Poston, Betty White, and Wil Shriner
#05 #020-#024 Taped:
Aired: January 26-30, 1987
Christopher Hewett, Leann Hunley, and Marc Price
#06[4] #025-#029 Taped: 1987
Aired: February 02-06, 1987
Arleen Sorkin, Ted Lange, and Brenda Vaccaro
#07 #030-#034 Taped: 1987
Aired: February 09-13, 1987
Jamie Farr, Susan Ruttan, and Richard Moll
#08 #035-#039 Taped: 1987
Aired: February 16-20, 1987
Bert Convy, Abby Dalton, and Bill Rafferty
#09 #040-#044 Taped: 1987
Aired: February 23-27, 1987
Edie McClurg, Stephen Furst, and Doris Roberts
#10 #045-#049 Taped: 1987
Aired: March 02-06, 1987
Pat Harrington, Charlotte Rae, and Paul Kreppel
#11 #050-#054 Taped: 1987
Aired: March 09-13, 1987
Tom Poston, Alaina Reed, and Jimmy Aleck
#12 #055-#059 Taped: 1987
Aired: March 16-20, 1987
Art Metrano, Phyllis Diller, and Clifton Davis
#13 #060-#064 Taped: 1987
Aired: March 23-27, 1987
Norm Crosby, Brenda Vaccaro, and Murray Langston (The Unknown Comic)
#14 #065-#069 Taped: 1987
Aired: March 30-April 03, 1987
Steve Allen, Jayne Meadows, and Louis Nye 
#15 #070-#074 Taped: 1987
Aired: April 06-10, 1987
Richard Simmons, Marsha Warfield, and Tom Dreesen
#16 #075-#079 Taped: 1987
Aired: April 13-17, 1987
Charlie Callas, Sheryl Lee Ralph, and Richard Kline
#17 #080-#084 Taped: 1987
Aired: April 20-24, 1987
Jamie Farr, Sydney Goldsmith, and Leslie Nielsen
#18[5] #085-#089 Taped: 1987
Aired: April 27-May 01, 1987
Pat Harrington, Kim Fields, and Marty Cohen
#19[6] #090-#094 Taped: 1987
Aired: May 04; 06-08; 11, 1987
Jimmy Aleck, Betty White, and Drake Hogestyn
#20 #095-#099 Taped: 1987
Aired: May 12-15; 18, 1987
Charles Nelson Reilly, Julie Harris, and Larry Manetti
#21 #100-#104 Taped: 1987
Aired: May 19-22; 25, 1987
Soupy Sales, Anne Meara, and Brad Garrett
#22 #105-#109 Taped: 1987
Aired: May 26-29; June 01, 1987
Sally Struthers, Fred Travalena, and Brenda Vaccaro
#23 #110-#114 Taped: 1987
Aired: June 02-05; 08, 1987
Vincent Price, Nancy Dussault, and Marty Cohen
#24[7] #115-#119 Taped: 1987
Aired: June 09-12; 15, 1987
Norm Crosby, Telma Hopkins, and Jeff Altman
#25 #120-#124 Taped: 1987
Aired: June 16-19; 22, 1987
Charles Nelson Reilly, Sheryl Lee Ralph, and Jimmy Aleck
#26 #125-#129 Taped: 1987
Aired: June 23-26; 29, 1987
Christopher Hewett, Arleen Sorkin, and Charlie Callas
#27[8] #130-#134 Taped: 1987
Aired: June 30-July 02; 06-07, 1987
Pat Harrington, Jill Whelan, and Paul Kreppel
#28 #135-#139 Taped: 1987
Aired: July 08-10; 13-14 1987
Jamie Farr, Marilyn Michaels, and Richard Moll
#29 #140-#144 Taped: June 22, 1987
Aired: July 15-17; 20-21, 1987
Robert Mandan, Phyllis Diller, and Maurice LaMarche
#30 #145-#149 Taped: 1987
Aired: July 22-24; 27-28, 1987
Norm Crosby, Marsha Warfield, and Richard Kline
#31[9] #150-#154 Taped: 1987
Aired: July 29-30; August 03-05, 1987
Marc Price, Tracey Gold, and Allan Kayser
#32[10] #155-#159 Taped: 1987
Aired: August 06-07; 10-12, 1987
Billy Warlock, Marcy Walker, and Jed Allan
#33[11] #160-#164 Taped: 1987
Aired: August 13-14; 17-19, 1987
Dick Van Patten, Dianne Kay, and Adam Rich
#34[12] #165-#167 Taped: 1987
Aired: August 20-21; 24, 1987
Curtis Baldwin, Andrea Elson, and Corey Feldman
#35[13] #168-#172 Taped: August 15, 1987
Aired: August 25-28; 31, 1987
Richard Kline, Marsha Warfield, and Marty Cohen
#36[14] #173-#176 Taped: August 16, 1987
Aired: September 01-04, 1987
Jamie Farr, Marsha Warfield, and Jimmy Aleck

Notes[]

  1. Hosted by Peter Tomarken instead of Tom Kennedy, announced by Rod Roddy instead of Charlie O'Donnell, and featured a different layout for the word grid, a 4-by-3 rectangle with three blocks already in place. Also there was no bonus word and the amounts were larger than the ones in the series. The theme music was David Reilly & John Devereaux's Hitting Home (which was released in 1985 on the Achievers album and was part of the KPM Music library). The series used an original composition from Level 22. Sajak and Pankin were the only celebs on this pilot not to play on the series.
  2. Series premiere on NBC-TV! The show began its run at 12:30 p.m. EST, replacing the long-running Daytime Soap Search for Tomorrow, and sandwiched between the Mark Goodson game show Super Password and another long-running Daytime Soap Days of Our Lives. No Thursday show due to coverage on The 98th Annual Tournament of Roses Parade. This was also one of Dick Shawn's last appearances before his death.
  3. A clip was shown in Buzzr promos, just before they abruptly pulled the series.
  4. NBC's "Car-azy February" Sweepstakes begins during this week.
  5. Mouseketeer Lonnie Burr was a contestant on Friday's show.
  6. Sometime during this month, likely during the first week of May, the show gets thrown off a day due to the Iran-Contra Hearings. These hearings occurred for 40 days, began no earlier than May 5, and finished no later than August 3.
  7. Final show of this week aired on June 15.
  8. Preempted on July 3 by Wimbledon Tennis.
  9. Preempted on July 31 for Iran-Contra coverage
  10. Two Santa Barbara cast members and one Days of Our Lives cast member.
  11. Eight Is Enough cast.
  12. Jamie Farr fills in for Tom Kennedy. At the end of his last episode, he said it was his "third and final day". TV Guide listed less days than usual, possibly to play catch-up, after being thrown off by a couple of days due to Iran-Contra.
  13. TV Guide listed less days than usual, possibly to play catch-up, after being thrown off by a couple of days due to Iran-Contra.
  14. Finale Week. Scrabble would take over its timeslot the following Monday, and Win, Lose or Draw would also come on the schedule.
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