Win, Lose or Draw

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Win, Lose or Draw
Win, Lose, or Draw.jpg
Genre Game show
Directed by Richard S. Kline (NBC, syndication)
Dan Diana (Teen)
Jeffrey L. Goldstein (Teen)
Presented by Vicki Lawrence (1987–89, NBC)
Bert Convy (1987–89, synd.)
Robb Weller (1989–90, synd.)
Marc Price (Teen)
Justin Willman (2014)
Narrated by Bob Hilton (NBC)
Gene Wood (syndication)
Brandy Brown, Chase Hampton, Tiffini Hale, Mark L. Walberg (Teen)
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3 (NBC)
3 (Teen)
1 (2014)
7 (total)
No. of episodes 585 (syndication)
Production
Executive producer(s) Burt Reynolds
Bert Convy
Producer(s) Richard S. Kline (NBC, synd.)
Jay Wolpert (Teen)
Deborah Williams (Teen)[1]
Location(s) CBS Television City
Hollywood, California
Running time 22–24 minutes
Production company(s) Burt & Bert Productions
Kline & Friends
Distributor Buena Vista Television
Broadcast
Original channel NBC (1987–89)
Syndication (1987–90)
Disney Channel (1989–92, 2014–)
Original run September 7, 1987 (1987-09-07)  – present
External links
Official website

Win, Lose or Draw is an American television game show that aired from 1987 to 1990 in syndication and on NBC. It was taped at CBS Television City, often in Studios 31, 33, and 43 at various times.[2] It was co-produced by Burt & Bert Productions (headed by Burt Reynolds and Bert Convy, the original host of the syndicated version) and Kline & Friends for Disney's Buena Vista Television. It has also had two versions on The Disney Channel: Teen Win, Lose or Draw from 1989–92, and a revived version known as Disney's Win, Lose or Draw which premiered in 2014.

The set for the original Win, Lose or Draw was modeled after Burt Reynolds' living room.

Broadcast history[edit]

A pilot with Bert Convy as host was taped on November 2, 1986 at CBS Television City in Hollywood, California, and featured Loni Anderson, Betty White, Burt Reynolds, and Tony Danza playing the game.[3] The pilot aired as a special sneak preview episode a few days prior to the premiere. The show began overall production in June 1987, and both the NBC daytime and nightly syndicated series premiered three months later on September 7.[4] The NBC edition was hosted by Vicki Lawrence, except for a span in February 1988 when Sally Struthers filled in for her.[5]

Bert Convy, who co-produced both series with Burt Reynolds, hosted the nightly syndicated series from its premiere until the end of its second season in 1989. Afterward he moved over to host another game show for his production company, 3rd Degree, and Robb Weller was chosen as his replacement for what turned out to be the final season; the syndicated Win, Lose or Draw aired its final episode on June 8, 1990. Gene Wood was the announcer for this series, with Hilton substituting on occasion.[5]

Reruns of the syndicated version aired on the USA Network from December 31, 1990 to December 24, 1992,[5] and on Game Show Network from April 15, 2002 to March 14, 2004.

Gameplay[edit]

Two teams, men versus women, each composed of two celebrities and one contestant, took turns guessing a phrase, title or thing that one teammate was drawing on a large pad of paper with markers. The drawer could not speak about the subject in his or her drawing and could not use letters, numbers, or symbols. If one of these illegal clues was used, any money won in that puzzle was split between the two teams. However, if a non-drawing team member mentioned a word that was part of the answer, their teammate at the sketch pad was then allowed to write it down.

In the first three rounds, each team had one minute to solve a puzzle, earning $200 for a correct guess. At the thirty-second mark, a doorbell sounded, and the drawing player had the option of handing the marker off to one of his/her teammates, but the puzzle value would then be cut in half. If the team did not guess within the time limit, the opposing team was given one chance to confer and guess. If they gave the correct answer, they were awarded the money; if not, no money was awarded. The first round was later changed to have the drawing contestant sketch a series of clues to a puzzle, one clue at a time. If the team guessed the puzzle from the identified clues, they scored $200.

Following round three, one player for each team was nominated to draw clues in a 90-second speed round. The topics for drawing were simpler for this round compared to those in previous rounds. Each correct guess was worth $100, and the team could only pass twice. The speed round started with the team that was ahead. The team with the most money at the end of the game won, and the contestant on the winning team received a $1,000 bonus in addition to the money they had already earned. The contestant on the losing team only received the money earned. If both teams were tied at the end of the speed round, each contestant received a $500 bonus.

Audience game[edit]

If there was extra time at the end of the show, an audience member would be called on stage and given the opportunity to sketch a subject for either the men's or women's team to guess in 60 seconds, much like the main rounds, with $100 awarded if the chosen team was able to identify the subject.

1989–1990 changes[edit]

For the Robb Weller-hosted third season, the format was changed significantly. The changes coincided with the debut of the teen version that began airing during this season.

The object of the first three rounds was the same, but with some notable differences that were similar to the new teen version.

While teams could no longer switch players at the drawing board, teams could not guess the puzzle until twenty-five seconds had elapsed, which after that point, if the team could guess the puzzle solution within five seconds the civilian player won $200. After that, the puzzle was played for $100. If the team failed to guess the puzzle in the time limit and the opposing team successfully guessed, that team's civilian player won only $50.

The speed round was conducted as it was before, but this time the teams only had sixty seconds instead of ninety to work with and each correct guess was worth $50. The team in the lead at the end of the speed round won the game.

If the game ended in a tie, a tie-breaker was played with the last team to play the speed round going first. The player at the board was given the choice of two words and began drawing, trying to convey the word as fast as he/she could. Once the word was guessed, the opposing team had to guess their word in a faster time. Doing so won the game; if not, the first team won the game.

Bonus round[edit]

Instead of receiving a cash bonus for winning the game as they had in previous seasons, the winning team played a ninety-second bonus game for a chance at $5,000.

The bonus round was played similar to the speed round, except that players were allowed to pass multiple times. The first word was worth $50 and each subsequent word doubled the amount. However, passing cleared all the money from the bank.

If the team correctly guessed seven words within the time limit, regardless of how many times a pass was used, the champion won the $5,000 bonus and returned on the next program. Champions stayed on for ten days or until defeated, whichever came first.

Disney Channel versions[edit]

Teen Win, Lose or Draw[edit]

From April 29, 1989 to April 28, 1990, and again from September 10, 1990 to September 26, 1992, Disney Channel aired a version called Teen Win, Lose or Draw. This version was hosted by Marc Price for its entire run. Jay Wolpert produced the first season, which taped at the Disney-MGM Studios in Orlando, with Stone-Stanley Productions taking over for the rest of the run, at which time production also moved to the CBS Studio Center in Los Angeles. Rotating as announcers during the first season were Brandy Brown, Chase Hampton and Tiffini Hale, with Mark L. Walberg taking over that duty for the final two seasons. Teams were made up of two teen-age contestants (one each of two boys and two girls), and a teen-age celebrity. Gameplay was largely identical to the original run,[1] with the following differences:

  • Round 1 – The Clue Round: A player from each team draw as many words within 60 seconds. Each of the words was a clue to a puzzle – a person, place, thing, event, etc. The team in control had the first chance to answer; if they were unable to give the correct answer, the opposing team could guess to win the points.
  • Round 2 – The Phrase Round: The team is given a category, with the phrase based in that category. As in the original, the clue-giver could hand off to a teammate after 30 seconds.
  • Round 3 – The Speed Round: Played identically to the adult version, with the trailing team going first (or the team that went first in round one playing first if the score was tied). A grand prize was given to the winning team, with the losing team getting a consolation gift.

Disney's Win, Lose or Draw[edit]

In April 2013, the Disney Channel announced a new version of Win, Lose or Draw, to be hosted by Justin Willman, which premiered on January 17, 2014. As with Teen Win, Lose or Draw, the two teams on each program are made up of two young contestants plus a teenage celebrity (this time, from a Disney Channel or Disney XD program). New motion-control technology is featured.[6]

The 2014 version featured the following rounds (all 90 seconds):

  • Get a Clue – For each word, Willman announces a clue, leading to the answer, with additional clues provided every 10 seconds. Each correct answer is worth 10 points, with team members alternating after each word is either guessed or passed.
  • Draw-obstacle Course – The clue givers endured a variety of challenges while drawing, such as using an over-sized stylus, drawing on a spinning touch-screen board, the current drawing disappearing if the clue giver lifts his/her finger, or drawing while standing on a vibrating stool. The challenges rotated from episode to episode, and three were presented per round. As before, correct answers were worth 10 points.
  • Fill in the Blank – Adapted from the original final round, Willman read a pun-styled clue with a blank, with the clue-giver drawing the word that filled in the blank. As in all previous versions, the team that was trailing went first (or the team that went first in round one going first if the score was tied), and clues were worth 20 points, with as many clues played as possible within the time limit.

Passing at any time on a word ended play on that word.

The team in the lead after three rounds advanced to the 90-second bonus round. Both celebrities were clue-givers, and drew one- and two-word phrases, much like the original version. As in the Draw-stacle Course round, clue-givers might have to draw clues using a wand-type stylus while having his/her back turned to the board, draw while on a revolving chair and drawings moving from screen to screen at certain intervals (this changed from episode to episode). Contestants could pass at any time on a word, but could not score on it, even if they later came up with the correct answer. Each word or phrase guessed correctly won a gift package (each concealing a prize, where said item was awarded to both contestants), and a grand prize was awarded for guessing all four clues correctly.

If the game ended in a tie, the tiebreaker rules from the 1989–90 version are used.

Home versions[edit]

Board game[edit]

Milton Bradley Company created its version in 1987. It could be played like the TV show, or a variation of the game with pawns and a game board. Party, Junior, and Travel Junior editions were produced, plus a Refill Pack for the game. All contestants who appeared on the show received a copy of the Party edition, as did select audience members.

Computer and video games[edit]

Hi Tech Expressions released two editions of the DOS version of the game in 1988, as well as a "Junior" version, followed by a Nintendo version in 1989. Both versions of this party game featured a scene set in a living room, with the game contestants (representing real-life players) seated on opposite couches, much like the television show. While the game system drew a picture on the screen, one of the players would have a limited amount (60 seconds for the main game, and 90 for the speed round) of time to type in the word or phrase represented by the image. If the player typed in the incorrect answer, a player on the opposing team would have an opportunity to type the correct answer (in single-player games, the game system would type a random incorrect answer). The team that typed the correct answer would win money for that round, and the team that earned the most money at the end of the game won.

A "plug-and-play" console version was released by Senario in 2005; unlike the earlier computer and console adaptations, this one allowed players to actually draw the subjects, using an electronic pen, for their teammates to guess.

Other versions[edit]

Canadian version[edit]

Canadian channel TVA aired a French language version called Fais-moi un dessin (Make me a drawing) hosted by Yves Corbeil from 1988 to 1991.

French version[edit]

French channel Antenne 2 aired their version of WLOD called Dessinez c'est gangé! (Draw is Won!) hosted by Patrice Laffont from 1989 to 1990, they even had a kids version of the show called Dessinez c'est gangé! junior (Draw is Won! junior) hosted by Éric Galliano from 1991 to 1993.

Scotland (Gaelic) version[edit]

A Scottish Gaelic language version aired on STV (not networked BTW) under the name De Tha Seo? (What's This?) with Neen Mackay followed by Cathy Macdonald and lastly, Norm Maclean as hosts from 1990 to 1994.

UK version[edit]

International versions[edit]

Country Local name Host Channel Year aired
Canada Canada (French) Fais-moi un dessin Yves Corbeil TVA 1988–1991
France France Dessinez c'est gagné
Dessinez c'est gagné junior
Patrice Laffont
Eric Galliano
Antenne 2 1989–1990
1993
Scotland Scotland (Gaelic) De Tha Seo? Neen Mackay
Cathy MacDonald
Norman Maclean
STV 1990–1994
United Kingdom United Kingdom Win, Lose or Draw Danny Baker
Shane Richie
Bob Mills
ITV 1990–1993
1994
1995–1998
Win, Lose or Draw Late Liza Tarbuck April 14–October 22, 2004
Teen Win, Lose or Draw Darren Day GMTV 1993
United States United States Win, Lose or Draw Vicki Lawrence NBC 1987–1989
Burt Convy
Robb Weller
Syndication 1987–1990
Teen Win, Lose or Draw Marc Price Disney Channel 1989–1992
Disney's Win, Lose or Draw Justin Willman January 14, 2014

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Wostbrock, pp. 218-219
  2. ^ "Shows–CBS Television City". Retrieved 25 July 2011. 
  3. ^ http://www.americanradiohistory.com/hd2/Archive-BC-IDX/86-OCR/BC-1986-12-22-OCR-Page-0070.pdf#search=%22win lose draw%22
  4. ^ "Win Lose or Draw show". 
  5. ^ a b c Schwartz, David; Ryan, Steve; Wostbrock, Fred (1999). The Encyclopedia of TV Game Shows (3 ed.). Facts on File, Inc. pp. 261–262. ISBN 0-8160-3846-5. 
  6. ^ Disney Channel Announces New Version Of ‘Win, Lose Or Draw’ Game Show. Deadline.com (April 18, 2013).

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