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One of TV's Oldest Game Shows Might Be Coming Back NY Magazine

A game show whose TV roots go back to the early 1950s may be resurrected, Joe Adalian reports in New York Magazine's Vulture blog.

Reality powerhouse FremantleMedia (“American Idol,” “X Factor,” “America’s Got Talent”) has secured the rights to "Name That Tune," the story reports. The original run of the show was in the 1950s, first on NBC and later on CBS. Various incarnations also appeared in the 1970s and the 1980s.

MTV tried to relaunch the show across three networks about five years ago, but the plans didn't materialize, the story points out. CBS also tried to reboot the program in 2006, but those plans didn't get off the ground, the piece adds.

It's not clear what format Fremantle will use with a new version of "Name That Tune," and the company is still deciding whether to pitch a reboot for broadcast, cable or syndication, the article notes.

"One reason to think Fremantle might get lucky where others didn't, however, is the company's long track record of success in both the music and game formats," Adalian points out. "Its syndicated revival of classic quizzer 'Family Feud' has done very well in recent years, last month earning its best ratings in seven years."

Previous versions of "Name That Tune" pitted contestants against each other as they heard snippets of songs and tried to identify the tune. The show ran first on radio, debuting in 1952, before it moved to TV in 1953.