Saturday, August 14, 2010
Joe The Chimp: An Early TV Appearance
Make the Connection
Presented by Jim McKay (July 7-28)
Gene Rayburn (August 4-September 29)
No. of episodes 13
Running time 30 Minutes
Original channel NBC
Original run July 7 – September 29, 1955
Make the Connection was an American game show, sponsored by Borden, that ran on Thursday nights from July 7 to September 29, 1955 on NBC. Originally hosted by Jim McKay (who years later would be best-known for hosting ABC's Wide World of Sports as well as that network's coverage of the Olympics), he was replaced after the first four episodes by future Match Game host Gene Rayburn for the final nine episodes.
The series was a Mark Goodson-Bill Todman Production, and as such it had many things in common with the other panel shows developed by the company. Like I've Got A Secret, there were four celebrity panelists who were each given a timed period in which to ask questions. Each panelist that was stumped earned the contestants money.
The object of the game was for the four celebrity panelists to "make the connection" between two people who would sit on both sides of the host. Like many of its sister panel shows, it also featured the obligatory appearance by a celebrity guest, who would play the game as a contestant.
Betty White made one of her earliest game show appearances as a panelist. White would later be a frequent panelist on every version of the Rayburn-hosted Match Only a handful of the thirteen episodes exist, including at least one McKay episode. GSN has occasionally shown an episode (mostly those hosted by Rayburn) in its "black and white" programming blocks.