Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego? "Auld Lang Gone" (non-existent episode of PBS children's game show; 1992)

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Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego was a american game show based on the "Carmen Sandiego" computer game series that premiered on PBS on September 30, 1991 and ended December 22, 1995. The show was a massive success, winning seven daytime Emmys and being nominated for 23 and has been called the "crown jewel" of the Carmen Sandiego series by NerdHQ.[1] The show was hosted by Greg Lee and had a chief who was played by the late Lynne Thigpen. 295 episodes were record and all of them have aired, except for one.

Production[edit | edit source]

The episode in question was called "Aud Lang Gone" and was unaired due to what happened in the final part of the episode. The contestant Jasmine Doman was doing the final round of the game called "Carmen's Word Map" and broke her arm and production stopped and the runner-up Ed Mann ended up finishing the round in 13 seconds.[2] The issues the episode ran into didn't stop there. Sean Atlman (from Rockapella) ripped Greg's jacket, Lynne had a sore throat so Greg took over as Chief and Double Dare host Marc Summers took over hosting duties for the rest of the episode. Actor Gene Wilder also appeared in the episode in a unknown role.[3] The episode went unedited.

Availability[edit | edit source]

The episode was set to air on October 12, 1992, but was pulled due to the chaos the episode caused and the Season Two premiere "Disturbing The Heavenly Peace" was reran in it's place. Rumors of the episodes existence persist throughout the years of the episode's existence and was previously thought to be fake. Neither Greg Lee or Marc Summers had commented on the episode's existence. However a photo of Lee and Summers in the same outfit surfaced sometime in the 2010s, which has many to speculated that the photo was from the episode but it has not been confirmed. On August 23, 2020, Christian Carrion (news editor of the game show news site BuzzerBlog) ran an article called “Gone” But Not Forgotten: Exploring the Myth of the Lost Carmen Sandiego, Part 1. The article was about the existence of the episode and in the article, Carrion says he emailed Paul Byers (the Executive Chief of Engineering and 50-year veteran of WQED) about the series and he received a reply from Byers saying that the WQED archive has the entire series intact and Carrion followed up with the topic of the episode and he received a reply that simply said "Christian, I have the episode. Paul" then the article ended with "To be continued"Cite error: Closing </ref> missing for <ref> tag</ref> confirming the episode's existence. Although the episode's existence has been officially confirmed, it is unknown if the episode will ever see the light of day.

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