It's News to Me
|It's News to Me|
John Daly as the host, 1952.
|Created by||Mark Goodson
|Directed by||Jerome Schnurr|
|Presented by||John Charles Daly (1951-1953)
Walter Cronkite (1954)
|Voices of||Art Hannes (announcer)
Bill Hamilton (announcer)
Bob Sherry (announcer)
Bob Dixon (announcer)
|Country of origin||USA|
|No. of seasons||3|
|Executive producer(s)||Mark Goodson
|Location(s)||Mansfield Theatre; New York City, NY|
|Running time||30 min.|
|Production company(s)||Mark Goodson-Bill Todman Productions
|Original run||May 11, 1951 – August 27, 1954|
|Preceded by||Who's Whose (One Broadcast, 1951)|
It's News to Me is a weekly panel game show produced by Mark Goodson and Bill Todman for CBS Television. It was a derivative of Goodson-Todman's own panel show What's My Line?. Originally aired as a one-time special on May 11, 1951; It debuted as a series July 2, 1951 and ran until September 12, 1953. The show returned July 9 – August 27, 1954 as a summer replacement for Person to Person.
Host and panelists
The original series was hosted by veteran radio and television newsman John Charles Daly, concurrent with his regular hosting duties on What's My Line. CBS newsman Walter Cronkite would eventually host the 1954 version.
Among the celebrities who would appear as panelists were actresses Anna Lee and Nina Foch, journalist Quincy Howe, TV hostess Robin Chandler, radio host and storyteller John Henry Faulk, New York Yankees play-by-play announcer Mel Allen, and writer Quentin Reynolds.
Each typical episode contains two contestant rounds, followed by a newsmaker round, and occasionally followed by an additional contestant round.
Each round was a bluffing game where contestants attempted to determine if answers that was given by one of the panelists was true or false.
The contestant was staked to $20 at the beginning of the game. The contestant and panelists were then shown an item or items including props, drawings, photographs, or motion picture/newsreel footage. Sometimes a dramatic performance (example: Goodson-Todman staffer Frank Wayne appears giving part of a speech) was presented. A panelist chosen by the emcee would then supply a story that would tie the item to a news event, past or present. The contestant would then decide if the panelist's story was true or false. The contestant earned $5 for a correct decision and $5 was deducted for an incorrect decision. Play continued until all four panelists had played and the contestant kept whatever money that was earned at the end.
In this round, eyewitnesses or participants involved with news events in the past or present would play a game similar to "I've Got a Secret". The panelists would question the newsmaker to determine the identity of the news event. If the panel failed to identify the event, the newsmaker would receive $100.
Like other live broadcast series of the time, It's News to Me was recorded via kinescope onto film and the status of most of the episodes is unknown. As of summer 2009, only two John Daly-hosted episodes have aired on GSN as part of its black and white programming blocks, and a portion of a Walter Cronkite-hosted episode exists as part of a 1992 birthday tribute tape for producer Mark Goodson.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to It's News to Me.|
- David Schwartz, Steve Ryan & Fred Wostbrock, The Encyclopedia of TV Game $hows, Checkmark Books, 1999, pp. 106-107
- "Radio-TV Notes". New York Times. June 29, 1951. p. 27.
- Mark Goodson Birthday-1992, The Television Production Music Museum