GSN Honors TV Personality and Tony Award-Winner Charles Nelson Reilly With a 'Match Game' Marathon on Saturday, June 2 From 9 AM to 8 PM ET
Network will Also Showcase Reilly's Special Appearances on 'What's My Line'
from 1964 and 'I've Got A Secret' from 1972 on Sunday Night June 3
SANTA MONICA, Calif., May 30 -- Charles Nelson Reilly, the
celebrated stage, screen and television star, will be honored by GSN on
Saturday, June 2 for his work as one of the most beloved celebrity game
show panelists ever to grace the small screen. In honor of Reilly's work,
GSN is devoting its programming from 9 AM to 7 PM ET on Saturday, June 2 to
the best Reilly starring episodes of "Match Game." Immediately following
the "Match Game" marathon, GSN's original documentary THE REAL MATCH GAME
STORY: BEHIND THE BLANK airs from 7 PM to 8 PM ET.
Additionally, on Sunday night (Monday morning) June 3, GSN will air two
classic episodes of his early work on "What's My Line?" from 1964 at 3:00
AM ET and "I've Got A Secret" from 1972 at 3:30 AM ET. Reilly appeared on
"What's My Line?" while he was on Broadway performing in Hello Dolly,
marking one of his earliest game show appearances. On the "I've Got A
Secret" episode, Reilly's secret was that he was going to do some paint-by
numbers art on a model who happened to be Janice Pennington, one of the
original "The Price Is Right" models.
GSN's Reilly "Match Game" marathon includes 20 episodes of the show
originally broadcast between 1973 and 1982. Highlights from these episodes
include several "fun" fights between Reilly and Brett Somers - one so bad
that Rayburn had to separate them; an episode when he was dropped from the
ceiling in a harness; one where he helped a contestant win a record amount
and another in which he dressed in western garb. Some episodes will also
feature him singing, dancing and performing impersonations.
After the marathon, GSN will air THE REAL MATCH GAME STORY: BEHIND THE
BLANK, narrated by Jamie Farr. Interviewees include panelists Richard
Dawson, Somers, Marcia Wallace, Betty White and Jimmie Walker; numerous
staff members from the classic series and one of the last interviews given
by the series' legendary host, Rayburn.
Reilly, who died Friday of complications from pneumonia in Los Angeles,
was a game show fixture and best known for this work on "Match Game."
Reilly's style of zany humor was one of the secret ingredients to the
success of the series. His unique acerbic wit perfectly complemented the
other celebrities and host Rayburn, resulting in "Match Game's" tremendous
and enduring popularity.
Known for wearing ascots and toting pipes, Reilly's appeal created
great demand for him on game shows. In addition to "Match Game," Reilly
also appeared on "Hollywood Squares," "To Tell The Truth," "Body Language,"
"Super Password," among other hit series. At one point in his prolific
career, Reilly made 27 game show appearances in one week, according to Paul
Linke, who directed Reilly's one-man show "Save It for the Stage: The Life
Now reaching more than 63 million homes, GSN is distributed in the U.S.
through all major cable systems and satellite providers. The network is
jointly owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment and Liberty Media Corporation.
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