Keep Talking (TV series)
From top: Host Merv Griffin and panelists Morey Amsterdam, Audrey Meadows and Danny Dayton.
|Created by||Herb Wolf|
|Written by||Herb Wolf|
|Directed by||Lloyd Gross|
|Presented by||Monty Hall
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|Location(s)||Studio 51 (CBS)
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Original release||July 15, 1958 – May 3, 1960|
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.
- 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.
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:
- Morey Amsterdam
- Paul Winchell
- Peggy Cass
- Pat Carroll
- Orson Bean
- Joey Bishop
- Danny Dayton
- Ilka Chase (CBS run only)
- Elaine May (CBS run only)
- Audrey Meadows
- 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
- "Keep Talking" from the Old TV Tickets website
- Marc, David "Comic Visions: Television Comedy and American Culture", (Routledge, 1989) page 90, ISBN 0-04-445284-5