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Winning Lines (U.S. game show)


Winning Lines (U.S. game show)

For the UK version of the programme, see Winning Lines.

Winning Lines
Genre Game show
Directed by Jim Yukich
Presented by Dick Clark
Narrated by Chuck Riley
Composer(s) Keith Strachan
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 10 (1 unaired)
Executive producer(s) David G. Stanley
Scott A. Stone
Paul Smith
Editor(s) Scott T. Miller
Running time 30 minutes
Production companies Stone Stanley Entertainment
Original channel CBS
Original run January 8, 2000 – February 18, 2000

Winning Lines was a short-lived American game show that aired from January 8, 2000 to February 18, 2000. Based on the British version of the same name, it was considered as the CBS's answer to the success of ABC's Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. It was hosted by Dick Clark, directed by James Yukich and produced by Stone Stanley Entertainment in conjunction with the British production company, Celador. The announcer for the program was veteran voice-over announcer Chuck Riley (who also announced the 1990 game show Trump Card).

This was Dick Clark's final game show, as well as his final show for CBS.

Round 1

49 contestants take part; each is assigned a two-digit number from 01 to 49. Clark asks a series of six mathematical questions, each with a numerical answer, and the contestants have five seconds to enter their answers on numerical keypads. On each question, the contestant who enters the correct answer in the shortest time advances to the next round. The other 43 contestants are eliminated at the end of the round.

Round 2 - Sudden Death

As in the British version, each contestant carries their number from Round 1 with them to Round 2. Clark asks a series of mathematical buzz-in questions that can be answered by a number belonging to one of the contestants still in play at the time. If a contestant buzzes in with the correct answer, the one with that number is eliminated, unless the contestant has answered with his/her own number; all remain in the game in this case. An incorrect answer eliminates the contestant who gave it, regardless of the player's number. The last way a contestant can be eliminated is when nobody buzzes in and Clark announces the correct answer. When only one contestant remains, he/she wins $2,500 and advances to the bonus round, the Wonderwall; while the other five receive $1,000 each.

Bonus Round - The Wonderwall

The winner has three minutes to answer as many questions as possible, using 49 answers numbered 1-49 as displayed on three projection screens. Each right answer earns more money as follows, with 20 right answers earning $1 million:

Correct Answers Prize
20 $1,000,000
19 $500,000
18 $400,000
17 $300,000
16 $200,000
15 $100,000
14 $90,000
13 $80,000
12 $70,000
11 $60,000
10 $50,000
9 $40,000
8 $30,000
7 $25,000
6 $20,000
5 $15,000
4 $10,000
3 $7,500
2 $5,000
1 $2,500

Before the round starts, the contestant is given 15 seconds to study and memorize the board. Like the British version, the contestant has to call out number and answer, and can freeze the timer twice for 15 seconds each (called "Pit Stops") and look over the board again; however they cannot answer during this time. A contestant could also pass on two questions. However, if a contestant gave an incorrect answer or was unable to answer within 15 seconds, he/she received a strike. Upon a contestant's second incorrect answer, or when less than 15 seconds remained in the game, a bailout button began to glow. A contestant could hit this button at any time and leave with whatever money they had earned to that point, but if the contestant ran out of time or earned a third strike without bailing out the contestant lost all winnings from the Wonderwall and left with only the $2,500 he or she won earlier.

As in the British version, instead of the three screens in the studio, home viewers were shown a screen that continually scrolled from side to side and automatically jumped to the right place when a correct answer was given (either by the player or by the host in the event the player got a strike).

The US version offered an at-home game similar to the British version. The ones digit from each of the Round 1 winners' numbers and the ones digit from the number of the final correct answer given during the Wonderwall were shown at the end of the show. Home viewers who could make up their own phone number from those seven digits were eligible to enter a drawing for $50,000 cash.

The closest anyone has gotten to the million on Winning Lines was Catherine Rahm, who won $500,000 by answering nineteen questions correctly.

After dismal ratings, CBS canceled the show after ten episodes, one of which was unaired.


External links

  • Internet Movie Database
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