Herbert Stempel, the Bronx-born brainiac who became a central figure and whistleblower in the game show rigging scandals of the 1950s, a cultural turning point later chronicled in the 1994 movie Quiz Show, died April 7. He was 93.
Here’s one example of how the coronavirus is affecting It’s Academic, the world’s longest-running TV quiz show: The other day, a contestant competed on his phone in his car, which was parked outside a library because the WiFi was better there than at his house. Above, Hillary Howard, host of It’s Academic, tapes segments of the high school quiz show in her Arlington, Va., home. (Photo: Dave Statter)
Game shows are finally giving contestants a run for their money after decades of playing to the lowest common denominator.