Saturday, May 24, 2014

Bullseye from USA:

This is an old article pending revision.

Bullseye is a game show. It was produced in The United States. Another is produced in The United Kingdom. Neither are related to each other. This article is about the United States version, and another article will be about the United Kingdom version. In The United States, the game show was in development since 1979. A pilot was introduced; with about one full year later regular episodes were made. About another full year after that, the game would be cancelled and transform itself into "Celebrity Bullseye". There hasn't been any more Bullseye since 1982. It was produced by Jack Barry and Dan Enright of Barry-Enright Productions, and uses a very modern studio designed by John C. Mula, who also redesigned the studio for "The Joker's Wild" into a casino setting with similar walls and game board features. Both game boards have blue neon lights and they also have the same technologies, advanced at the time, using slide show projectors for each screen, (and both game show game boards have 3 screens). The projectors would be behind the game boards and shine the lights on a transparent screen backwards. This creates the effect of using computers with LCD screens that are used in many game shows beginning in the 21t century. Each game board on both shows has running light bulbs around each of the screens. The only difference is the shape of the screen and the arrangement of running lights. Joker's Wild has 2 on, 2 off light chain sequences, and Bullseye has 3 on 1 off light chain sequences. Bullseye has a Bonus Island; which literally was a large island: a portable stage that was brought into the studio. (...But appears to be the same thing as the regular game board.) It has modernized game show theme songs, with a clapping beat, which is similar to the first version of Card Sharks, (actually that is the theme music for Alex Trebek's Double Dare.) The game provides an opportunity to bank the money that the contestant has earned; which is something that would be used for "The Weakest Link" many years later. Some of the things that could appear were Bullseyes, and a "bankrupt" symbol was a bolt of lightning. Bullseye was a very popular game show, but many viewers have expressed that the show went completely downhill when going completely to a celebrity format. The celebrities would play for their favorite charities. People that have watched these episodes have claimed that the celebrity contestants a made the show feel much slower and completely lifeless. Some did not play the game well, banking on every opportunity so that each contestant would be tied. Some of the celebrities would add unnecessary comedy to the episodes, and others would look completely bored while some of the contestants appeared to never pay any attention to the games or the questions being asked, taking a long time, and then finally randomly guessing an answer. Jim Lange was the host, and one time said "...but I'm not very straight" as part of a comment to something else being said at the beginning of an episode was featured in many blooper documentaries. Jim Lange is known for being a longtime host of "The Dating Game". Reruns of Bullseye have appeared every once in a while, but an attempt to effectively revive Bullseyes, The Joker's Wild, or a "Joker's Wild / Bullseye Hour" (since both sets matched and produced by Barry-Enright) have not yet happened and is not being planned as of 2008.

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