Spin-Off (game show)

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Spin-Off
Format Game show
Created by Nick Nicholson
E. Roger Muir
Directed by Bob Schwarz
Presented by Jim Lange
Narrated by Johnny Jacobs
Country of origin USA
No. of episodes 50
Production
Executive producer(s) Nick Nicholson
E. Roger Muir
Barbara Horn
Producer(s) Willie Stein
Running time 30 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel CBS
Original run June 16, 1975 – September 5, 1975
For the similarly named Canadian game show, see Spin Off (Canadian game show).

Spin-Off is an American game show created and produced by Nick Nicholson and E. Roger Muir[1] for CBS in 1975 that was based on the dice game Yahtzee. The series was hosted by Jim Lange and announced by Johnny Jacobs. The show replaced The Joker's Wild on CBS' daytime schedule and debuted on June 16, 1975, but was cancelled on September 5, 1975. Spin-Off originated in Stages 31, 33 and 41 at CBS Television City in Los Angeles, California.[2]

Gameplay[edit]

Two couples, one pair being the returning champions, competed. The couples answered questions to spin a series of five "spinners" — rapidly changing eggcrate readouts that flashed numbers from 1 to 6 at the rate of 17 digits per second — to build a Yahtzee-type hand.

With each correct answer, each spinner randomly flashed the numbers rapidly and were stopped by pressing a button. The couple could keep the hand shown, or reject some or all of the numbers and earn up to two opportunities to improve the hand (but must gain control with a correct answer). If the couple kept the hand, the opposing couple had one chance to better the hand. The couple with the top hand received one of the following payoffs:

Hand Award
One Pair $50
Two Pair $75
Three of a Kind $100
Straight $125
Full House $150
Four of a Kind $175
Five of a Kind $200

The first couple to amass $250[3] (later $200[4]) won the game and advanced to the Super Spin-Off bonus round. Both couples kept their money and bonus prizes.

Super Spin-Off[edit]

In the Super Spin-Off, the winning couple had up to three tries to build the best hand possible. Couples had to work one spinner at a time, with up to three chances to change each number in sequence, but they could not go back and change numbers that were already frozen. Rewards were paid for higher hands:

Hand Award
One Pair $250
Two Pair $500
Three of a Kind $1,000
Full House $1,500
Four of a Kind $2,500
Five of a Kind $5,000
1-2-3-4-5
2-3-4-5-6
5-4-3-2-1
6-5-4-3-2
$10,000

The $10,000 was only awarded for a consecutive straight. Any other kind of straight (e.g., 3-4-5-1-2) did not count, as it was not five consecutive numbers from left-to-right.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hevesi, Dennis. "E. Roger Muir, 89, Dies; Backed Howdy Doody", The New York Times, October 28, 2008. Accessed October 28, 2008.
  2. ^ "Shows–CBS Television City". Retrieved 25 July 2011. 
  3. ^ Schwartz, David; Steve Ryan; Fred Wostbrock (1999). "Spin-Off". The Encyclopedia of TV Game Shows (3rd ed.). Facts on File. pp. 204–205. ISBN 0-8160-3847-3. 
  4. ^ Nicholson-Muir Productions. Spin-Off. Starring Jim Lange. Featuring Marty and Becky versus Alden and Donna in first match. 1975.

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