What do you consider to be Merv Griffin’s greatest achievement?

Aug 19, 2007  •  Post A Comment

“Merv was an amazing man who developed an empire in Hollywood. Over the years he created two of the most popular game shows in history, built radio stations, hotels and had a successful talk show. In a town where ‘no’ is the operative word, he never stopped, never tired. … I will miss him.” — Chuck Woolery, host, “Lingo”
“People often think of ‘Wheel’ and ‘Jeopardy!’ as his greatest professional achievements, but they’re not always sure just why those two shows were so successful. Merv created an at-home, co-viewing experience for both shows by introducing the idea of a ‘delay device’ that allowed the viewers to actually play along and even compete with each other at home. In the case of ‘Wheel’ it is, of course, the wheel. In ‘Jeopardy!’s’ case, the fact that the contestant has to buzz in and then frame their answer in the form of a question gives the viewer at home an actual time advantage to answer the question. Now that’s genius.” — Ritch Colbert, principal, Program Partners


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