Monday, October 3, 2016

What Might've Been: The Wizard of Odds (1973)

A.: It was Alex Trebek's first American game show.
Q: What is The Wizard of Odds?

Ok, I couldn't resist getting in a Jeopardy! reference, since Trebek, when he isn't shilling for Colonial Penn Life Insurance, has hosted the iconic quiz game for 32 years and counting. However, in 1973, the Canadian-born Trebek was introduced to American audiences with the short-lived Wizard of Odds, which lasted a few weeks shy of a full year. It was also the first game show produced by Burt Sugarman (The Midnight Special), who would have greater success with Celebrity Sweepstakes.

You won't hear the lyrics, but the theme song for Wizard was composed and performed by singer-songwriter-actor Alan Thicke, making his first inroads in the US as well. Trebek would waste little time finding work after Wizard was cancelled. NBC liked him enough that they recommended him to Merrill Heatter & Bob Quigley for High Rollers, which replaced Wizard.

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