Canada was once a breeding ground for new, original and beloved game shows, even some that reached audiences worldwide. Now, game shows originally produced in Canada are few and far between, and when they are made, they’re usually adaptations of shows created elsewhere in the world.
So what happened to Canada’s game shows? And will Canada one day return to being a creator of original and popular game shows in the numbers they once were? Only by retracing our history can these questions be answered, and our documentary series blows the dust off of Canada’s historic game shows from the 70s, 80s and 90s.
The series is also a hunt for game show footage thought lost to time. History has not been kind to some of Canada's finest game show entries; due to the practice of wiping, some have been almost completely erased from the archives. However, we've dug deep to unearth classic footage from all of your favourite shows, including home video recordings from viewers like you!
"The Search for Canada's Game Shows" is narrated by Wayne Cox, the host of fan favourites like "Acting Crazy," "Talk About" and "Second Honeymoon."
This six-episode series takes you on a trip down memory lane featuring interviews with game show icons like Howie Mandel and Wink Martindale. You'll learn how an American quiz show scandal became a boon to Canada's game show industry, enjoy a look at the early careers of game show legends like Monty Hall and Alex Trebek, and get the behind-the-scenes stories of how some of Canada's most inventive game shows like "The Mad Dash" and "Bumper Stumpers" came to be.
In Season 2 we delve into various themes that have predominated the transformation of the industry in the more recent past, such as reality and character-based competition formats, food competition-based game shows and comedic personalities that seem to have gravitated to these entertaining formats.
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