Then I discovered reruns of the original “Truth” on a new all-game-show cable network, Buzzr, which launched in June. (Episodes air weeknights at 2 a.m. and 4 a.m., Saturdays at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., and Sundays from 8 p.m to 10 p.m.)
The ones I saw dated from the heyday of the show — late 1950s to mid-1960s. The curtain rises on three guests in silhouette. Each says, “My name is …” Bowtied host Bud Collyer reads the “affidavit” attesting to the individual’s feat: raises prize cats, teaches Wine 101 at a university, painted a portrait that’s in the Prado.
Then the grilling begins.
In one episode, actress Faye Emerson wants to ask the putative painters to define the painterly term “chiaroscuro” but can’t even pronounce it!
Actress Polly Bergen demands of a possible tugboat captain: “If I were crossing your bow, under what condition would you blow your whistle?” (Answer: “The whole crew, we’d all blow.”)
Panelists often say things like, “I’m voting for number 2 but I think it’s number 1.” Am I wrong to think they are maybe a little tipsy?
The absurdity is compounded by Buzzr’s use of the original ads from the 1956-1968 show, including one for hair spray that hardens a woman’s locks into a helmet unruffled by a strong wind.
ABC should forget about the reboot, because nothing can match the fun weirdness of the original. And that’s no lie.
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