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Whispers: What’s My Line Preps for Revival

Whispers: What’s My Line Preps for Revival

The classic panel game show is eyeing a comeback.


Last seen in 1975, What’s My Line looks like it’s preparing to shoot for a potential revival. This news comes from popular game show announcer Randy West’s Facebook fan page. You can see the set of the proposed new version below.

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What’s My Line is the classic panel game show which aired on CBS from 1950 to 1967 and again in syndication from 1968 to 1975. The game asked a panel of celebrities to figure out a person’s profession by asking yes or no questions. The series also included a “Mystery Guest” element where, blindfolded, the panel had to guess the identity of a celebrity.

In 2008 actor David Hasselhoff was working with Fremantle Media to bring the show back from the dead. This never came to fruition. Panel shows like¬†I’ve Got A Secret have been attempted in modern times but none have lasted long.

What do you think? Do you think a format like this can be relevant and work in 2014?

  • Josh Woo

    I don’t think anyone would have the attention span to watch something like WML anymore, as much as I would love to see it come back. But to me, any revival will ultimately suffer comparisons to the ’50s version and some will inevitably complain about how much class the revival DOESN’T have.

  • The Starkman

    agree, in the age of the Internet there is just too much savvy for a format like this to be interesting…maybe as an EI show with younger stars but not as a true game show. Points for trying though. It had it’s day and was fun and successful for a reason but those days are likely done

  • TheOriginalDonald

    Who’ll be the host, Mike Rowe?

  • Brandon Taylor

    Why not? A millennial though I am, I’ve had an opportunity to take at least a small look back at classic shows like “What’s My Line?” (thank you, GSN!). And I can honestly say, it wasn’t bad watching in this day and age. Of course, to actually have been alive in the 50’s and 60’s and watched the show when it was first run… I can only imagine how fans of those shows must have felt…

    Even so, I like to believe that what’s old can be new again. Heck, we’ve already seen it with shows like “To Tell The Truth” which I hear is coming back again, as well as “I’ve Got A Secret” which had a nice (albeit short) run in the new millennium (again, thanks to GSN).

    Make no mistake, as long as there are game shows, game shows like these will be remade and remade again to capture the hearts of generation after generation. Plus, with the continued advent of video streaming services like YouTube, Netflix, and Crackle, you don’t have to be a slave to a calendar and a clock — just watch your shows on your schedule (anyone up for some “Sports Jeopardy!”?).