100 Grand (game show)
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|Created by||Bob Stivers Productions|
|Presented by||Jack Clark|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||3|
|Running time||22–24 minutes|
|Original run||September 15, 1963– September 29, 1963|
100 Grand is an American game show hosted by Jack Clark. The series ran for three episodes, weekly on Sunday nights from September 15 to 29, 1963 on the highly touted "New ABC" as the network's attempt to bring back high-stakes game shows after the quiz show scandals of 1958.
When 100 Grand made its debut, it had been two years since any large jackpots comparable to the quiz shows had aired on any broadcast network (the last was Jackpot Bowling, which aired on NBC from 1959–1961 and gave away jackpots of $30,000+), and it would be over a decade more before six-figure jackpots returned to television.
One contestant, having possessed a knowledge or lead in a specific subject or field, asked questions of a professional on that same subject for cash. The player who stumped the professional for five weeks had the privilege to answer five questions submitted by home viewers, and ended up with a grand total of $100,000 if successful.
Only two contestants appeared on the series – one questioning a Civil War expert, the other questioning an opera expert. On the third show, both professionals stumped the amateurs, both of whom were awarded $1,000 savings bonds while the professionals each won $10,000.
The series is believed to be destroyed through wiping, a procedure very common with many game shows and other programs from the 1940s through the early 1980s, although less so with CBS. A promotional video featuring the set and a contestant exists, traded among private collectors.
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