Name That Tune (found unaired pilot for game show; 1990)

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The logo from the pilot.

Status: Found

Date found: 23 Aug 2020

Found by: TVGameShowVault

Name That Tune was a american game show that first started on NBC radio on December 20th, 1952 and first aired on NBC on July 6th, 1953 and would go on to be air in the span of 32 years across NBC, CBS and Syndication with the most recent version ending on May 31st, 1985, the show returned on January 6, 2021 on FOX.[1] The series was created by Harry Salter and his wife Roberta Salter and later produced by Ralph Edwards and Sandy Frank. Between the show's end in 1985 and the show's long awaited return in 2021, there have been numerous failed attempts to bring the show back.

The Pilot

In 1990 their was a plan to bring the show back,[2] a pilot was shot with Peter Allen hosting and the version was set to be produced by Catchphrase creator Marty Pasetta and syndicated by Orion Entertainment.[3][4][5] The format was the same as to the 1994 CD-I game based on the show the was hosted by Bob Goen. Three players choose a one of four tunes from four categories and each tune has a dollar amount behind it. The first player to buzz in with the correct name of the tune, they win the amount the tune was hiding. The player with the lowest score is eliminated. The two players that made it through the first round move on to "Bid A Note". In this round two players face off as they try to name a tune by bidding a certain amount of notes they can name that tune in, the player to guess three tunes out of five goes onto the "Golden Medley". The Golden Medley is where the survivor player tries to name eight tunes in 30 seconds. If the player can do just that, they win the game.


Unfortunately the show was never picked up and the pilot has not been released to the public in any form. The only footage available from the pilot was some clips used in a pitch film Orion made to pitch the series to syndication that was uploaded by Wink Martindale onto YouTube on August 20th, 2014.

On August 14th, 2020, Facebook user TVGameShowVault announced a lineup of game show episodes that were set to be on Facebook on August 23rd, 2020. Among the game shows listed, the pilot was listed as one of the shows to be uploaded on Facebook[6]. With the pilot listed as part of the lineup, it is believed the pilot made it's way into tape circulating sometime after it was made. The pilot was shown for the first time on August 23rd, 2020.


The pitch film that has some footage from the pilot (0:55).
The full pilot.