Monday, March 7, 2016

Forgotten TV: The Amateur's Guide to Love (1972)

For the balance of his career, Gene Rayburn was associated with game show icons Mark Goodson & Bill Todman. One of the few times he worked for someone other than Goodson-Todman found him with their chief rivals, Merrill Heatter & Bob Quigley, in a short-lived series for CBS, The Amateur's Guide to Love, which lasted a few weeks in 1972.

I think it can be best described as Candid Camera crossed with The Dating Game, except that while there is a hidden camera, the celebrity panelists are there to dispense advice of some sort. I never got to see the show, since I was in school when it was on.

Anyway, CBS pulled the plug early, then decided to try something even more dicey, thinking that baseball icon Vin Scully, the longtime voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers, could do a daytime talk show. He'd done a game show three years earlier (It Takes Two, for NBC), but that flopped as well, and Rayburn returned to CBS---and Goodson-Todman---with a revived Match Game. You know the rest of the story.

Gilmore Box gives us the open to Amateur's Guide to Love, and we'll leave you with that.

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