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The Hollywood Squares is an American television comedy and game show in which two contestants play tic-tac-toe to win money and prizes. The "board" for the game is actually a 3 X 3 = 9 vertical stack of open-faced cubes, each occupied by a star seated at a desk and facing the contestants. The stars are asked questions and the contestants judge the veracity of their answers in order to win the game. Although The Hollywood Squares is a legitimate game show, at its best the game is simply the background for the show's comedy. The show is scripted in the sense that the panel of celebrities know the questions in advance and are provided with answers and suggestions for bluffs and jokes (Zingers). Typically, a star's first answer to a question is a humorous one (or at least an attempt at a humorous one). This is then followed by the true answer or bluff. It must be stressed that this does not mean the actual gameplay is scripted or predetermined as the onus is still on the contestant to determine whether or not the provided answer to a question is the correct one.
The show's greatest success was during its original run. In its heyday in the early 1970s, it was the most popular daytime show in the country and a platform for the stars to promote their work which seemed almost as popular as Johnny Carson's The Tonight Show. The show got its beginning as a black-and-white pilot episode filmed for CBS on April 21, 1965. That pilot was hosted by Bert Parks with the squares occupied by Cliff Arquette in his "Charley Weaver" comic persona, Wally Cox, Rose Marie, Morey Amsterdam, Abby Dalton, Jim Backus, Gisele MacKenzie, Robert Q. Lewis and Vera Miles. The first five of the initial panelists were to later appear on the first broadcast show (October 17-21, 1966) and become all 5 of its initial regulars on NBC-TV. CBS shot a second pilot hosted by Sandy Baron, but choose not to follow-up with either host. A year later, NBC acquired the rights to the show and chose Peter Marshall as host, a job he held for fifteen years until 1981. The show also ran at night, first on NBC from January 12 to September 13, 1968 as a mid-season replacement for the short-lived sitcom Accidental Family, then as a nighttime syndicated entry running from November 1, 1971 to September 11, 1981. The latter version ran once a week at 1st, then twice a week and was a 5-day entry in its final season. Paul Lynde, in addition to his recurring role as "Uncle Arthur (Winsome)" on Bewitched had his greatest fame as the coveted "center square" throughout most of the original show's run. But he wasn't (as is commonly believed) the first person to take that position; Ernest Borgnine held that honor. However, on October 7-11, 1968 after two years on the show, Lynde became the regular center square. Lynde was the only panelist on the show to win 2 daytime Emmy Awards in 1974 and 1978. Other regulars and semi-regulars over the years included Nanette Fabray, Kaye Ballard, John Davidson, Wally Cox, Cliff Arquette ("Charley Weaver"), Morey Amsterdam, Florence Henderson, Marty Allen, Wayland Flowers, George Gobel, Vincent Price, Rose Marie, Charo, Sandy Duncan, Carol Wayne, Jonathan Winters, Karen Valentine, Roddy McDowall and Joan Rivers. Lynde left the series after taping the August 27-31 1979 week of shows, but returned when the series relocated to Las Vegas in the 1980-81 season.
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