Monopoly (game show)
|Created by||Merv Griffin|
|Written by||Sharon Safianoff-Jones|
|Directed by||Kevin McCarthy|
|Presented by||Mike Reilly
|Narrated by||Charlie O'Donnell|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||12 (+1 pilot)|
|Location(s)||Hollywood Center Studios
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Merv Griffin Enterprises
King World Productions
|Original release||June 16, 1990– September 1, 1990|
Monopoly aired as a summer replacement series on ABC along with Super Jeopardy!, a special tournament edition of Griffin's popular quiz show. Monopoly premiered on June 16, 1990, and aired following Super Jeopardy! for twelve consecutive Saturday nights until September 1, 1990.
Former Jeopardy! contestant Mike Reilly was chosen to host the series, with Charlie O'Donnell as announcer. Three separate women, Kathy Davis, Kathy Karges, and Michelle Nicholas, served as the co-host/dice roller.
Three contestants play, each represented by a color (red, gold, and green). There are three rounds.
In the first round, the players attempted to take control of the various properties on a giant Monopoly board. To do so, they had to solve crossword-style clues. The first letter of each answer was given to the players, and each side of the four-sided board, referred to as "blocks" (with the block containing the five properties between the Go to Jail corner and "GO" referred to as the "high rent district"), had a different starting letter for clues. Each clue was a toss-up, and answering correctly won money equal to the value of the property, from $60 for Mediterranean Avenue to $400 for Boardwalk. Answering incorrectly deducted that value from a player's score. In the event that all three players failed to answer a clue, the property value was cut in half and another clue was read.
Coincidentally, host Mike Reilly competed on the television game show Jeopardy! in 1989. Reilly later worked as a waiter before being selected a year later by producer Merv Griffin to perform as a contestant on the pilot for Monopoly. After the pilot with Peter Tomarken as host was taped, Reilly was selected as host.
A Welsh version of the show, hosted by Derec Brown aired on S4C for a brief period in 1992.