Shoot for the Stars
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|Shoot for the Stars|
|Created by||Bob Stewart|
|Directed by||Mike Gargiulo|
|Presented by||Geoff Edwards|
|Narrated by||Bob Clayton|
|Country of origin||USA|
Ed Sullivan Theater
New York, New York
|Running time||30 Minutes|
|Original release||January 3 – September 30, 1977|
Shoot for the Stars is a game show created and produced by Bob Stewart, and aired on the NBC television network. The show aired from January 3 to September 30, 1977, and was produced in New York City. During most of its run, it had originally videotaped at NBC's headquarters in Rockefeller Center, but some weeks of episodes were recorded at Studio 50 at CBS, also known as the Ed Sullivan Theater.
Shoot for The Stars was the last NBC game show to originate from New York City. Geoff Edwards hosted the show, with Bob Clayton as announcer. Celebrity players included Pat Carroll, Peggy Cass, Peter Bonerz, Bill Cullen, Mike Farrell, Barbara Feldon, Anita Gillette, Anne Meara, Rita Moreno, Tony Randall, Lynn Redgrave, Nipsey Russell, Soupy Sales, Debralee Scott and William Shatner.
Two teams competed, each consisting of a civilian player and a celebrity player. The game board consisted of 24 numbered boxes. The boxes contained either money values ranging from $100 to $300, a $500 money card, a "double your score" card or four stars. There was also an "Instant Car" card, which if solved correctly would earn that player a new automobile.
Each team began with $100. The challengers selected a box first, the money amount was revealed and the team attempted to decipher an awkward phrase. For example, the team was presented with the phrase "Sizzling/Canine" and attempted to translate it to "Hot/Dog". One member of the team translated the first part of the phrase and their partner translated the other. A correct response earned that team the amount shown. If they missed, they earned nothing.
If a team selected one of the four stars, that team could wager any or all of their current score. A right answer added that wager to their score, and a wrong answer subtracted that amount.
Control alternated between the teams until one team reached $1,500 or more and won the game (and exactly $1,500). Unlike shows such as The Joker's Wild on which full turns are used, the game ended if the challengers reached the $1,500 mark before the champions had an opportunity for at least one final turn to catch up. Only the winner keeps the $1,500, while the losing player only received parting gifts and/or whatever money or bonus prizes were won from previous games.
Any contestant who won five games in a row was awarded a new automobile and retired with his/her winnings.
The winning team hit a plunger which stopped a randomizer on a number between five and nine. The number represented the number of correct answers needed to be communicated to their partner.
One team member attempted to communicate a series of phrases, using a synonym associated with each underlined word as part of the description, while the other team member attempted to guess the complete phrase. If their partner successfully guessed the required number of words within 60 seconds, the contestant won a cash jackpot that began at $1,000 and increased by $500 each time it was not won.
NBC first slotted Shoot at 11:30 AM (10:30 Central), replacing the Allen Ludden-hosted Stumpers. It faced Happy Days reruns on ABC and Love of Life on CBS until April 25, when ABC placed Family Feud in that slot.
On June 13, NBC moved Shoot to 12:00 Noon (11:00 AM, Central), where the series promptly sank against CBS' hit soap opera The Young and the Restless.