What’s My Line to Return to Television

The game show What’s My Line might return to television, with David Hasselhoff as a regular. Hasselhoff, currently an America’s Got Talent judge, has been talking to producers FremantleMedia, the company that owns the rights to Goodson-Todman game shows.

“They got a take on this. It is so friggin’ cool,” The Hoff told WABC radio’s Mark Simone. Hasselhoff was interviewed July 26, 2008 on Simone’s nostalgic “Saturday Night Oldies” radio show on WABC 77 AM.

Apparently, the show has some new twists. “It’s a new take on it…it’s just fun,” said Hasslehoff. Hasselhoff told Simone that he was interested in working on the project, but he wanted to have something else on television so that he if he took the position, he would not become typecast a game show host.

The old version was a New York classic. The premise was exceedingly elegant. Celebrity panelists would ask yes or no questions to determine the occupation of the guest. What’s My Line? was the longest running game show in the history of prime time, and it ran on CBS from 1950 to 1967, with just about every famous star and politician of the time appearing on the show. Thousands of guests appeared.

Regular panelists included gossip columnist Dorothy Kilgallen, Random House editor Bennet Cerf and comedian Steve Allen, with bow-tied John Daly as moderator. The first contestant, according to The Complete Directory To Prime Time Network TV Shows, was a hat check girl from The Stork Club.

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    J. Garland Pollard IV is editor/publisher of BrandlandUSA. Since 2006, the website BrandlandUSA.com has chronicled the history and business of America’s great brands.

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