Now, as this is my last post of 2012, I thought I'd end the year by paying tribute to some of the game show greats we lost this year (and there are plenty of them). This is by no means an exhaustive list - I'm not about to list everyone who died this year who once appeared on Hollywood Squares, and there are probably a few more prominent game show figures I overlooked. Still, here we go, in alphabetical order:
Legendary producer of game shows in France who created Fort Boyard and Treasure Hunt, among countless others.
Veteran performer who hosted Family Fortunes (the British version of Family Feud) for a few years
Flat-out showbiz icon - hosting Pyramid was probably one of his lesser achievements!
Host of a few game shows in the early years of television.
Icon of American game shows, most famous as the original host of Family Feud.
Icon of British game shows, most famous as the original host of Blockbusters.
Became the Ken Jennings of the 1960s with a long string of wins on Concentration.
Announcer on a few game shows in the 1980s.
Original host of Treasure Hunt in Britain.
Hosted a local talent show in the Boston area for decades.
Announcer on Whad'ya Know for decades.
Veteran TV producer who created Let's Ask America.
Host of a few game shows in the 1980s.
Legendary producer of game shows in America who created The Price Is Right, Password, and Pyramid, among countless others; as if that wasn't enough, his son, Sande Stewart, is a game show producer in his own right.
Icon of Australian game shows, most famous for hosting The Price Is Right for years.
Hosted a few game shows in the early years of television, but later became much more famous as a newscaster.
RIP to all.