‘Match Game’ is an American television panel game show that airs on ABC. The series has been revived from a long tradition of such shows and premiered for the first time again June 26, 2016. Notably, ABC also aired the 1990s version of the show which actually made its first ever premiere on television on NBC in 1962. The show has been revived several times since then. It features contestants trying to come up with answers to fill-in-the-blank questions, with the objective of matching the answers given by celebrity panelists. It has been a very popular game show since its creation and has grown in popularity with every revival.
The recent ABC revival has Alec Baldwin acting as the host and he is also on board as the executive producer of the show. Those who have caught earlier versions of ‘Match Game’ might be interested to know that this is the first time since the 1960s that the taping of the show has returned to New York. As for the popularity of the show itself, suffice to say that it has almost become a longstanding tradition on television and has frequently been bestowed the honor of being one of the greatest game shows on earth.
Match Game Cast: Who is in it?
The constant cast of ‘Match Game’ is Alec Baldwin, who has been the host of the show from the first season of this revival of the show. As the format of the show dictates that contestants have to give answers that match those of celebrity panelists, there are different celebrities that appear on the show as well. However, these celebrities change over episodes and the lineup of celebrity guests has included the likes of Laverne Cox, David Arquette, James Van Der Beek, Amy Sedaris, Jenifer Lewis, Anthony Anderson, Christina Ricci, ICE-T, Kenan Thompson, Niecy Nash, Joel McHale, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Jane Krakowski, Tituss Burgess, and more.
In the upcoming season, we are sure Baldwin will return as host, but we do hope to see more celebrities as part of the cast because they make up a major portion of the show’s attraction as audiences tune in due to the star power of these celebrities.
Match Game Plot: What is it about?
The format of ‘Match Game’ follows that of the 1973-79 version. The basic objective of the game is for the contestants to match as many celebrities as possible. At the start of each round the contestants, who are usually two in number, are given the choice of two questions. Once a contestant chooses the question, the other contestant automatically has to tackle the unchosen question. The host, then, reads out a statement with a blank at or near the end. The panel of six celebrities writes their answers down on slips of paper, after which the contestants reveal their answers. The celebrities then reveal theirs, and if the answers match, the contestants get points. This stage of the game is played in two rounds and the contestant whose answers match the most with those of the celebrities wins and can play something called the Super Match. This section consists of the Audience Match and the Head to Head Match segments.