Bob Eubanks to bring traveling game show to Hollywood Casino at Charles Town
America’s classic game show host is back to doing what he does best.
Bob Eubanks, former host of the Newlywed Game, will be hosting “Hollywood’s Greatest Game Shows” at the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races. There will be two shows on Saturday, April 13, at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., and another show on Sunday, April 14, at 4 p.m.
The live, traveling game show was created by Eubanks, and is a conglomeration of famous game shows from over the years, including “Dance Fever,” “Name that Tune,” “Dealer’s Choice,” “Card Sharks” and “The Newlywed Game.”
According to Eubanks, there will be some twists or different versions to original game shows including “The Newlywed Game.”
“We call it, ‘The Not So Newlywed Game.’ You just to have be married, not a newlywed,” said Eubanks, 81, via phone from his home in Thousand Oaks, Calif. “At the Hollywood Casino we’re going to give away $10,000 at every show, and there’s a chance to win $1 million.”
Eubanks said the game works by calling 40 contestants on stage during the show. The contestants are picked at random and not chosen before the event. Contestants of all ages are able to play.
“We go out into the audience and pick people, and then we pull names out of a hopper,” Eubanks said. “Everybody in the crowd gets an equal chance to play. Even if someone was in a wheelchair, we’d have games that would cater to them.”
Eubanks was only 28 years-old when he started his game-show career as the host of “The Newlywed Game.”
Among Eubanks’ favorite catchphrases was “Makin’ whoopee,” a term he would use in place of something more explicit.
“At that time, every soap opera was using the term ‘make love,’” he said. “I didn’t feel that you should have to explain that to your children until you’re ready to. Frank Sinatra had a record called ‘Makin Whoopee’ at the time. If a child happened to hear it, it wouldn’t be a big deal.”
Along with hosting game shows, Eubanks had a successful career producing concerts and managing acts such as Dolly Parton, Barbara Mandrell and Merle Haggard.
He was also responsible for bringing The Beatles to Southern California.
“I was a disc jockey, and I had a couple of nightclubs,” Eubanks said. “One was called the Cinnamon Cinder. I was a talent buyer, and when The Beatles came along, I borrowed $25,000 on my house and got The Beatles. I produced shows for The Rolling Stones for two years and every major rock ‘n’ roll act. In 1969, I got out of the rock ‘n’ roll business; I didn’t want to mess with the San Francisco drug culture, so I got into country music.”
Eubanks believes that a career is something that one makes happen, so he created “Hollywood’s Greatest Game Shows.”
“I have a theory in life, you take what you know how to do and reinvent yourself,” he said. “I have contemporaries who are sitting at home and the phone won’t ring. I like to take what I know how to do and apply it to other areas. That’s what I’ve been able to do my entire career.”
“Hollywood’s Greatest Game Shows” is a project Eubanks is passionate about.
“I’m very, very proud of this show,” he said. “We’re doing about 12 a year, and I have more fun than I should.”
Top photo: Bob Eubanks has launched a comeback of sorts into the world of game shows and is scheduled to bring “Hollywood’s Greatest Game Shows” to Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races on April 13-14. (Submitted photo)