Let's Play Second Chance!

Here's the host of Second Chance, Jim Peck!  Note, he wasn't this yellow in real life.

Click HERE for video highlights of the Second Chance pilot!

Second Chance, the predecessor to Press Your Luck, premiered on the ABC network on March 7, 1977 and was cancelled just four months later on July 15, 1977.  It was basically the same game as Press Your Luck, with a few minor differences.  Contestants answered three questions per round, but instead of buzzing in, they wrote their answers on cards without telling the others what they had written.  After everyone had finished, Jim gave a hint as to how the contestants had done (i.e. "At least one of you is wrong" or "At least two of you are right").  After that, Jim would read three possible answers to the question.  If a contestant thought s/he had the right answer written down, they could stick, or they could take a "Second Chance" and write down a different answer.  A correct answer on the first chance earned three spins, whereas a correct answer on the Second Chance earned one spin. 

The players took their spins to the board, which was similar to the Press Your Luck board, having 18 squares.  Like on PYL, a light flashed around the board, indicating what space the contestant would hit, but the squares themselves didn't change.  Three of the squares were "Devils", which, like a Whammy, would reduce the player's total to zero.  The Devils were quite realistic, with horns and fire painted on. 

Stop at a wrapped box! I mean, stop at a dining room set!  Even better!

The top dollar amount the board in round one was $2500, and in round two was $5000.  Some boxes had prizes, which were pictured as gift boxes.  When a contestant landed on one of them, the slide would change to a picture of the prize.  Like on Press Your Luck, each time a prize was hit, a different prize was offered.

Like on Press Your Luck, four Devils knocked a player out of the game, and players could pass their spins at any time.

Most memories of Second Chance are hazy, since the show was never repeated beyond its original run.  According to some people, in the actual run of the show, the big money square actually flashed between different values and offered a spin.

That's the Devil you see their next to the soda fountain.  Note the realistic horns and flames.  Kinda scary, don't ya think? Jack Campion was supposedly a lawyer, but he spent so much time on game show pilots, I don't know how he ever passed the Bar.

The contestants on the pilot to Second Chance, which is the only episode known to exist, included Press Your Luck mainstay Maggie Brown, and game show pilot whore Jack Campion.  Jack was also seen on the Blank Check (1975), Press Your Luck (1983), and Card Sharks (1978) pilots.

Host Jim Peck hosted several game shows in the 1970's and 1980's, many of which never really got off the ground.  Before hosting Second Chance, he hosted the dice/Q&A game Big Showdown (1974-1975) and the anomalous relationship game Hot Seat (1976).  Following Second Chance he hosted a syndicated revival of You Don't Say! (1978), the notoriously bad 3's a Crowd (1979), and substituted for both Jack Barry and Bill Cullen on the Joker's Wild (1983-1986).  Peck's most famous role came in the late 1980's as the whispering reporter on the syndicated Divorce Court, presided over by the honorable William B. Keene.  Soon after, Peck retired from the hosting world and settled down as a college teacher.

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