Tuesday, September 20, 2016

What Might've Been: The Diamond Head Game (1975)

Ask anyone about a television show set in Hawaii, and they're quick to reference dramas like Magnum, PI, Hawaii Five-O, and Hawaiian Eye. I think there've been some sitcoms set on the island state as well. But a game show? That was a bit of a reach.

But a couple of independent producers gave it a shot in 1975. The Diamond Head Game launched as a mid-season syndicated entry in January, hosted by Bob Eubanks, fresh from the first run of The Newlywed Game. Eubanks' partner, Jane Nelson, had previously been on Dealer's Choice.

Standard stuff, although the style of game play was changed about midway through its one and only season. The prize vault in the volcano was a variation on a gimmick that didn't get over. What some of you might not know is that actor-singer-songwriter Alan Thicke composed the music.

Here's a sample episode.

I can count how many episodes I actually watched, and leave room for some fingers.

Rating: B.

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