A new 'Match Game' would be ______

The word is, we could soon be seeing an updated version of Match Game on cable. I suppose it could be fun to see how our favorite celebrities’ minds work. (Richard Dawson’s was always in the gutter, as in the clip below, which is why we adore him.) But will our favorite celebrities do this show?   

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  • Lauren

    A travesty. Today’s celebs can’t come close to the delightfully rauchy wit and charm of Brett Somers and Charles Nelson Reilly. And today no one (thank god) has hair like Gene Rayburn.

  • Stephanie T.

    The idea of the Match Game was to get the player and the celebrities to say a real dirty innuendo because as George Carlin pointed out many moons ago, there were certain things that you could not say on television and on the radio. Nowadays while you can’t say the F word and other small yet familiar words on TV and radio, you can get away with some pretty provacative expressions MORE provacative than what was said on The Match Game. In short it would not be as much fun.

  • Jonathan F.

    Potentially delightful (with the right celebs).
    I don’t think you can completely brush off today’s stars, because I believe there are actually some who would fit the bill rather nicely. Seeing Kelly Clarkson in interviews lately seems to agree with that statement, and I’m sure many other delightful celebrities could make the show somewhat interesting. Bring on Tina Fey and the SNL-ers (admittedly a long shot)… William Shatner… Rosie… Ellen… There are plenty.

  • Ugh

    Today’s idiot culture would RUIN Match Game. Leave it be.

  • DanOregon

    If you had Chelsea Handler or Kathy Griffin in the Brett Sommers chair,
    Bruce Vilanch in the Charles N. Reilly spot and Joel from The Soup in the Richard Dawson chair it might work.

  • ETS

    While I can’t imagine needing a new version of this show (the old one still holds up today, humor-wise), I would at least be curious to see it if it had the following cast:
    Caroline Rhea
    Kathy Griffin
    Mario Cantone
    D.L. Hugley
    Betty White
    Darrell Hammond
    What say the rest of you, PopWatchers? What would be your ideal cast if the Match Game is INDEED getting a revival?

  • Banana

    They already did this like 8 years ago. It was awful. It usually had soap actors and Judy Tenuda. Bleh.
    aaaand… five minutes of searching later, wikipedia tells me it’s been revived a gazillion times. And it hasn’t worked since the 70’s.


  • Ceballos

    While I don’t exactly share some of my fellow posters complete outrage at the new “Match Game” I do think that it’s just not a good idea…at all.
    I’ve been telling my friends for years that, if they’re going to bring back an old game show, they should bring back “Name that Tune.” There’s been decades’ worth of new music since the old show went off the air, so it could work. I heard some noise about MTV or another network doing something, but I think it would certainly work better than a new Match Game. Especially since the original is still tons of fun to watch on GSN

  • Rebekah

    Since Charles Nelson Reilly and Brett Sommers both recently passed away, I think bringing the show back would be a great way to honor them. And yes, Kathy Griffin would be perfect for the new version.

  • donner

    i love the original and watch it any/every chance I get (which isn’t often enough)…I don’t think i’d enjoy a new version cause the old one was so perfect…viva Match Game 72!

  • Wings

    I would love to see an updated Match Game. Nothing can ruin the old show. Tune in to GSN to see it, I do. A new version could work and be fun, if done well and with the right people. A couple of good choices for the new show would be Paula Poundstone and Colin Mochrie.

  • annie

    i’d personally really love to see craig ferguson, jim gaffigan, kathy griffin, bernie mac, wanda sykes, margaret cho and sean hayes on a match game revival. the host would have to be william shatner. or bob barker if they could lure him out of retirement…

  • Elizabeth

    I’m nominating Craig Kilborn as host – only because I miss him so. I’m also assuming this is a (not so much) knee-jerk reaction to the writers strike and a potential filler. I do like 95% of all the nominees I’ve read so far here.

  • Strepsi

    HAS to be for cable. Even the old one could not air on Network today, American culture has gotten so much more conservative. And PC — the best best thing about the original Match Game and the Dean Martin Roasts, was that the guests were clearly sloshed! :D That said, on cable with the guests I’ve seen listed here I’d watch. Esp. Griffin, Sykes, Cho plus
    Alex Borstein
    Kathleen Madigan
    Joan Rivers
    Carrie Fisher
    Jane Curtain
    – fill it with progressive, multi-ethnic, filthy women, and I’d totally watch it.

  • Strepsi

    Oh yes, and
    Jennifer Coolidge
    If you saw the improv show “Thank God You’re Here”, Mo’nique and Coolidge were great – would LOVE to see Mo’nique do this. The funniest guys were:
    Bryan Cranston
    Harlan Williams
    and in the Charles Nelson Reilly role I’d put
    Scott Thompson
    As host:
    John O’Hurley

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