Love Me, Love Me Not (game show)

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Love Me, Love Me Not
Created bySteve Carlin
Directed byStan Litke
Presented byRoss Shafer
Narrated byJane MacDougall (earlier episodes)
Marilyn Smith (later episodes)
Country of originCanada
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes130
Production
Executive producer(s)Steve Carlin
Blair Murdoch
Producer(s)Blair Murdoch
Mark Phillips
Production location(s)CKVU-TV, Vancouver, British Columbia
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time22–24 minutes
Production company(s)Northstar Syndications Inc.
Entertainment Planning Corporation
MGM Entertainment Co.
Release
Original networkGlobal
USA Network
Picture formatSDTV
Original releaseSeptember 29, 1986 (1986-09-29) –
September 11, 1987 (1987-09-11)

Love Me, Love Me Not is a Canadian game show based on the Italian game show, M'ama Non M'ama, which in English means "love me, love me not". The program originally aired in Canada in 1986 and debuted on the USA Network in the United States (US) on September 29, 1986. Ross Shafer was the host and Jane MacDougall was the co-host/announcer; MacDougall was later replaced by Marilyn Smith.

The series was the first game show to be produced by Blair Murdoch and was taped at CKVU-TV in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Kathy Morse worked on the show as an assistant to the producers and later became the Mayor of Maple Ridge, Canada.

Gameplay[edit]

Two contestants of the same sex competed, facing a panel of three members of the opposite sex. Each game alternated between men "chasing" women and women chasing men. The two members of the same sex competed to capture panel members, who, in turn, did their best to avoid capture.

Round 1[edit]

Panelists started with $100. The champion contestant chose one of the three panelists, who asked a "true/false" question pertaining to topics such as love, sex and relationships. The contestant was required to correctly judge the truth of the statement in order to capture the panelist; otherwise, the panelist received another $100. The challenger would then undertake the same process with one of the remaining panelists, while the champion attempted to capture the remaining panelist.

Round 2[edit]

Starting with the challenger, each contestant attempted to capture the uncaptured panelists. In this round, if a contestant failed, the panelist was given $200 (later avoiding a capture was worth $100, a total that increased to $200 if all three of the panelists were captured). Once all three panelists were captured, each contestant tried to capture one of their opponent's panelists until one contestant captured all three. The game limited the competition to ten questions (this total was nine, if the champion was ahead when all three panelists were first captured). The winner received $1,000 and, together with the panelist with the most money, advanced to the bonus round, the "Chase Around the Daisy." The winning panelist kept his/her money, while the others each received $100 and remained on the panel until having played five games, or advancing to the endgame.

The US producers expanded the limit to twelve questions. Also, in Round 2, each panelist earned $100 for evading a contestant; plus, even if all three panelists were not captured, they could still try to capture their opponents' panelists.

Tiebreaker[edit]

If a tie occurred, in which the contestants made the same number of captures, the hostess asked a question with a numerical answer. The champion was required to provide a guess, followed by the challenger, who had to determine if the correct answer was higher or lower. If the challenger was correct, he or she won the game.

If two panelists were tied, each panelist in turn read the winning contestant a statement. If either one fooled the contestant, that panelist received $100, otherwise the contestant received a $100 bonus. This continued until the tie was broken or until all questions were exhausted. At this point, the contestant closer to the left gave the first guess to the numerical question and the other determined if the correct answer was higher or lower.

In the event that a tie existed between all three panelists, they were given ten seconds to write down their best guess to a question with a numerical answer. The winning panelist received an extra $100.

The Chase Around the Daisy[edit]

One car on Love Me, Love Me Not was a 1987 Pontiac Fiero

The winning contestant and panelist played on a giant daisy structure consisting of eight petals, numbered clockwise from 1 to 8. The contestant started at petal #1 and the panelist started on petal #6. The host asked the contestant a series of true/false questions and the contestant advanced one petal for each correct answer, while the panelist advanced one petal for an incorrect answer. The contestant had to catch the panelist in 50 seconds (later 45, then 40 on the US version) or less. If the contestant succeeded, that contestant won a new car (and $700 in early episodes). If time ran out, the panelist won $100 of the contestant's $700 for each petal that separated them in whichever direction was the greater distance; later in the series, the contestant did not receive money for failing to capture the panelist.

If the panelist caught the contestant due to too many incorrect responses, the game ended and the panelist received $1,400 (later a trip). The panelist returned as the next game's challenger, regardless of the outcome, and contestants remained on the program until eliminated or until the bonus round was won.

Straddling[edit]

Games often straddled episodes; that is, games would stop when time ran out and would resume on the next episode.

Reruns[edit]

Archives include all series, including all four pilots. The Canadian network, TVtropolis, then known as Prime, aired reruns of the series, along with other Canadian game shows in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The series also aired on GameTV from 2007–2012, but the network ran less than half of the entire run.

UK version[edit]

A British version was produced by TVS for ITV in 1988, with Nino Firetto and Debbie Greenwood as co-hosts. The format was similar to its North American counterpart, except contestants earned a "daisy" rather than cash and the competitors were all new for each edition. The grand prize was an overnight stay in a top London hotel (in separate rooms), or cash if preferred.