September 16, 1994 |
The most potent sequence in Robert Redford's riveting and perceptive new film, Quiz Show, features a sunny birthday picnic at a Connecticut retreat, circa 1958. As entertainment, the 60ish birthday boy recites passages from Shakespeare, expecting his sons to correctly identify each citation. This dazzling display of intellectual firepower and generational fireworks is followed by presents. Amid the modest ties and tomes is a chunky, foil- wrapped parcel that is revealed to be . . . a television console.
October 8, 1994 |
Hollywood just doesn't make movies about guys like Joe Stone. An unheralded civil servant, Stone spent most of his career behind a desk listening to other people's problems. And quietly, doggedly, doing something about them. A clerk at age 16, Stone went to law school at night and later became a prosecutor in the Manhattan district attorney's office, then chief of its complaints bureau. That's where he was Aug. 27, 1958, when a former TV quiz show contestant named Herbert Stempel walked in and told him the games were rigged.
October 19, 1994 |
Before and after Twenty-One, the fixed quiz show that the film Quiz Show has made infamous again, there was What in the World. William H. "Bill" Davenport remembers it well. He appeared as a contestant several times back in the 1960s. What in the World was an archaeological TV quiz show that challenged experts to display their knowledge (or admit their lack of it). The show, with brilliant if often curmudgeonly scholars one-upping each other, had exotica, excitement, entertainment, suspense and laughs.
May 15, 2002 |
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire is gone. ABC and the WB announced their fall schedules yesterday. And there wasn't a quiz show in sight, as the alphabet net unveiled seven series and the little frog came in with six. Possible standouts at ABC include a series adaptation of the Dinotopia mini-series; a strange-sounding mystery-drama produced by Ben Affleck that offers prizes to clever viewers; and the 345th return to TV of sunny, funny Bonnie...
January 21, 2001 |
The ingredients for success are simple enough: ridicule, humiliation, money - and a dominatrix in designer black. Those are the elements of Britain's hottest television show, The Weakest Link, whose mortifying attractions may soon be available to U.S. viewers. NBC, confident that public abasement will be at least as popular on the western side of the Atlantic, shot a pilot here Jan. 11 for a U.S. version, perhaps hosted by Survivor winner Richard Hatch. The British quiz show - in which a dragon-lady host ridicules contestants and encourages them to vilify each other - is a sort of cruel cross between Survivor and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.
October 23, 1997 |
A multigenerational quiz show on consumer issues will be held at Bucks County Community College at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. Students at BCCC will compete against senior citizens from the Bucks County William Penn Chapter of the American Association of Retired Persons. The competition will challenge consumer knowledge of health, safety, personal finance, environment, and consumer rights and responsibilities. The questions will address real-life issues and test consumer skills necessary for making everyday-life decisions.
April 20, 1995 |
A satirical drama set in medieval France and a thought-provoking look at the TV quiz-show scandals of the 1950s top this busy week in home-video releases. THE ADVOCATE (1993) (Miramax) 102 minutes. Colin Firth, Lysette Anthony, Ian Holm, Donald Pleasence. A blistering satire that uses an obscure aspect of medieval law - that animals could be tried like humans for crimes - to brilliant effect. With an A-list British cast, director Leslie Megahey explores the gap between the legal and the moral in the bizarre trials of a burned-out Parisian lawyer who sets up a country practice in Abbeville in the late 1400s.
October 1, 1994 |
The dead cannot be libeled. So says the law. But the dead can have their reputations sullied, if not ruined, and they can be exploited for entertainment purposes. Such seems to be the fate of Robert Kintner, the late president of the National Broadcasting Company, who now and forevermore will be known as the man who fixed the famous 1950s television quiz show, Twenty- One. Who says he did anything of the sort? Robert Redford does - and says he has the proof. But no one else does - and even those who suspect that Kintner must have known that the contestants on his cash-cow of a television show were being fed the answers in advance, have no proof.
May 15, 2001 |
The Weakest Link is strong enough for NBC, a quiz show so cheap and popular that the network will double its airplay next fall. Moving first among the TV networks, NBC announced its fall lineup yesterday. By Thursday, all six will have unveiled their schedules. In addition to adding a Link to its programming chain, NBC will premiere three new sitcoms - one starring superchef Emeril Lagasse - and three dramas, including yet another Law & Order offshoot and a medical/mystery/woman-against-the world saga starring Law & Order alumna Jill Hennessey.
September 28, 1994 |
Nancy Linde could have wished for a better time to debut a game show. Six months more or less, and her new show, "Think Twice," hosted by comedian Monteria Ivey, would have missed the national spotlight trained on the game- show genre. But with the new film "Quiz Show" kicking up the dust of the game-show scandals of the 1950s, Linde's brainchild, airing Oct. 10 on PBS, (locally on Channel 12) seems ripe for scrutiny. "It's an interesting time to get started," Linde said. Her career in the past has centered on writing, developing and producing the weekly science show "Nova.