Friday, May 29, 2015

What Might've Been: Just Men! (1983)

Cop-turned-producer Rick Rosner (CHiPs) turned his attention to game shows in the 80's. His first entry would also be his last network series.

Just Men! lasted just 13 weeks in the beginning of 1983 on NBC, but netted a Daytime Emmy award for hostess Betty White (ex-The Mary Tyler Moore Show), who, after years of being a guest on a number of game shows, including working with her late husband, Allen Ludden, on Password, was being asked to be an MC herself, something she hadn't done since Pet Set a few years earlier.

Following is a sample episode:

So what hurt the show? It aired in the lunch hour death zone (12 noon ET), simple as that. Despite this, as noted, White earned an Emmy, but hasn't been given another game show gig. As we all know, Rosner would team with Orion Television to revive Hollywood Squares (1986-9) and High Rollers (1988-90) before leaving television altogether.

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