teams of celebrity-contestant pairs compete to identify a subject from
cryptic clues. The winning team could double their earnings by
a pun. The odd device beside Bill in the picture determined
turns by random selection.
A cute idea marred by
and the notoriously cheap Bob Stewart production values. It
reruns of The Brady Bunch in this time slot. When it
the Brady reruns returned.
In a 1975 magazine article, Bill was philosophical about the failure of Blankety Blanks, which he felt "didn't get a fair shake," as well as the similar demise six months earlier of Winning Streak, which he admitted "just didn't work."
"I've been fortunate," he
"The passage of shows hasn't hurt, because I don't get blamed for
It does hurt me in another way, though, because I feel a certain amount
of responsibility. But you make yourself realize that nothing
can be done about it."
A pilot taped February 10 with Anita Gillette and Soupy Sales was virtually identical to the series that followed. Within the ten-week run of the series, the rules regarding money winning changed slightly. On-air tinkering with a show's rules and formats was a Stewart trademark.
In the ten weeks the show was on the air, Stewart managed not to repeat celebrities until the very last week. Virtually all of the celebrities were also making appearances on Stewart's (and Bill's) The $25,000 Pyramid around the same time this brief series aired.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Curt Alliaume's Blankety Blanks page at Game Shows '75
The Blankety Blanks page at Adam Nedeff's Bill Cullen's World
The Blankety Blanks page on Wikipedia