Keep Talking (TV series)

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Keep Talking
Keep Talking 1959.jpg
From top: Host Merv Griffin and panelists Morey Amsterdam, Audrey Meadows and Danny Dayton.
Genre Panel/Game show
Created by Herb Wolf
Written by Herb Wolf
Directed by Lloyd Gross
Presented by Monty Hall
Carl Reiner
Merv Griffin
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 2
Producer(s) Wolf Productions
Location(s) Studio 51 (CBS)
ABC Studios
Running time 30 minutes
Original network CBS
Picture format Black-and-white
Audio format Monoaural
Original release July 15, 1958 – May 3, 1960

Keep Talking is an American game show broadcast on CBS and ABC from the summer of 1958 to the spring of 1960. The show was hosted by Monty Hall, Carl Reiner and Merv Griffin.


The show was a hosted panelist/game show produced by Wolf Productions and broadcast in the United States the summer of 1958, and in both the 1958-59 and the 1959-60 primetime television seasons, though on different days, times, and networks each season.

CBS broadcast the show on three different days in various timeslots:[1][2][3]

  • 7:30-8 PM (EST) on Tuesdays from July 15, 1958 through October 1958, with Monty Hall as host
  • 10–10:30 PM (EST) on Sundays (November 1958 through February 1959) with Carl Reiner as host
  • 8–8:30 PM (EST) on Wednesdays (February 1959 through September 1959) with Carl Reiner as host.

During this CBS run, other celebrities, such as Vincent Price, filled in as host when needed. These shows were filmed at CBS' Studio 51 in New York City.

The show moved to ABC for the 1959-60 season, filmed in the ABC Studios in California with Merv Griffin as host — the show was broadcast back on Tuesday again, but at a later time, 10:30-11 pm (EST). The last show was broadcast May 3, 1960.


Six celebrity panelists, divided into two teams, would try to guess a secret word given to one player on each team. These two players would then proceed to tell a story to their team involving that word, yet not using that word. Narration of the story would jump from team-mate to team-mate, often leaving the new narrator at a loss as to how to continue the story. Little attention was paid to scoring and points—the point was for the panelists to build their ad-lib story seamlessly and entertainingly.


Among the panelists who appeared during the run of the show were:


  1. ^ Brooks, Tim and March, Earl (2007) "The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows: 1946–Present", Random House, ISBN 0-345-45542-8, p.732
  2. ^ "Keep Talking" from the Old TV Tickets website
  3. ^ Marc, David "Comic Visions: Television Comedy and American Culture", (Routledge, 1989) page 90, ISBN 0-04-445284-5

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