‘Press Your Luck’

pressed forth sev­eral times be­fore

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Q: I like the new ver­sion of “Press Your Luck.” When was the orig­i­nal one on? – Pete McCoy, via e-mail

A: It ac­tu­ally had sev­eral ear­lier in­car­na­tions. The first was a day­time ver­sion that ran from 1983 to 1986 on CBS, with Peter To­marken as host – and rel­a­tively low-tech set, com­pared to the hugely flashy one El­iz­a­beth Banks pre­sides over in the new ABC prime­time edi­tion. How­ever, there still were “Wham­mies” that play­ers had to avoid to keep their win­nings ... which one con­tes­tant fa­mously did by us­ing his VCR to me­morize the show’s board patterns and win big, though CBS ul­ti­mately determined that it wasn’t cheat­ing. (The sys­tem the board used was then changed.)

The first re­vival came al­most 20 years later with the syn­di­cated “Whammy! The All-New Press Your Luck,” which had Todd New­ton as host and “Satur­day Night Live” alum Gary Kroeger as the an­nouncer. Then in 2006, “Press Your Luck” had a brief come­back (with Ricki Lake host­ing) as part of CBS’ “Gameshow Marathon,” which com­bined sev­eral clas­sic tele­vi­sion games. The cur­rent in­car­na­tion marks the first time the show has been back since then.

Q: Some­one told me Kim Basinger once had a TV se­ries. Is that true? – Don Mitchell, Grafton, Ohio

A: She ac­tu­ally had two, in the late 1970s. The first was a po­lice-de­tec­tive show called “Dog and Cat,” and the second was a ver­sion of the clas­sic novel and movie “From Here to Eter­nity,” in which Basinger took the Lorene role that had earned Donna Reed an Os­car for the 1953 film. Basinger also stayed busy with other tele­vi­sion work be­fore her movie ca­reer took off. She was a guest star on such shows as “Char­lie’s An­gels,” “The Six Mil­lion Dol­lar Man” and “Vega$,” and she made TV-movies in­clud­ing “Katie: Por­trait of a Cen­ter­fold” (she had the ti­tle role), “The Ghost of Flight 401” and “Killjoy.” Then, af­ter a cou­ple of rel­a­tively small films, she made her first big splash on the big screen as Sean Con­nery’s love in­ter­est in his fi­nal turn as James Bond, “Never Say Never Again.”

Kim Basinger

El­iz­a­beth Banks

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