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100 Grand
Format Game Show
Created by Bob Stivers Productions
Presented by Jack Clark
Narrated by Bill Wendell
Country of origin  United States
No. of episodes 3
Production
Running time 30 Minutes
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Original run September 15 – 29 1963

100 Grand is a short-lived American game show hosted by game show announcer Jack Clark with Bill Wendell announcing.

The series ran for three episodes, weekly on Sunday nights from September 15 to 29, 1963 on the highly-touted "New ABC" as the network's attempt to bring back high-stakes game shows after the quiz show scandals of 1958.

When 100 Grand made its debut, it had been two years since any large jackpots comparable to the quiz shows had aired on any broadcast network (the last was Jackpot Bowling, which aired on NBC from 1959-1961 and gave away jackpots of $30,000+), and it would be over a decade more before six-figure jackpots returned to television.

Gameplay

One contestant, having possessed a knowledge or lead in a specific subject or field, was asked questions by a panel of five professionals for cash. The player surviving without missing a single question had the privilege to answer five questions submitted by home viewers, and ended up with a grand total of $100,000 if successful.

Episode status

The series is believed to be destroyed through wiping, a procedure very common with many game shows and other programs from the 1940s through the early 1980s, although less so with CBS. A promotional video featuring the set and a contestant exists, traded among private collectors.


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