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Hannibal resident to co-produce remake of 'Rhyme and Reason'

Hannibal native Mike Marx, seen here with some of his memorabilia from Hollywood’s Golden Age, will serve as co-producer in a remake of the game show “Rhyme and Reason.”
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By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jul. 10, 2018 8:05 am Updated: Jul. 10, 2018 8:14 am

HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Former Hollywood talent agent and Hannibal native Mike Marx will be involved in a remake of the game show "Rhyme and Reason."

Marx will serve as a co-producer of the project at the request of William T. Naud, who created the series, which ran in 1975 and 1976 on ABC.

Marx said the pilot of the new show will be shot in late September in Maine.

"One of my jobs will be to line up six celebrities who will be the stars of the show," said Marx, 75. "This kind of gets the juices flowing again. It looks like I'm back in show business."

Marx said no host has been named for the show, which consists of two contestants and a panel of celebrities.

"I think I already have three celebrities lined up and hope to have the rest in the near future," Marx said.

Marx said Joyce DeWitt of "Three's Company," Victoria Jackson of "Saturday Night Live" and Michael Winslow of the "Police Academy" films have tentatively agreed to be a part of the project. Winslow is known as "The Man of 1,000 Noises."

"There's no specific time frame for the release of the show (on American network television)," Marx said. "In fact, it may be sold first in Europe."

Bob Eubanks hosted the original "Rhyme and Reason," which followed his long association with "The Newlywed Game."

The object of the game is to get a celebrity to say a word the contestant has written down.

Among the regulars on the original "Rhyme and Reason" were Nipsey Russell, Charlie Brill and Mitzi McCall.

"I've always enjoyed this kind of work and have never imagined actually being retired," Marx said. "Plus, I've always wanted to produce and direct, and a project like this should be very enjoyable."

Marx said his years as a talent agent in Hollywood come in handy at times like this.

"I like to use people I have worked with before," he said.

Marx will be heading east for the "Rhyme and Reason" project shortly after the Mark Twain Nostalgic Film Festival in mid-September, which he is coordinating at Hannibal-LaGrange University.

Among the former stars committed to that event are Kim Lankford ("Knots Landing"), Buck Taylor ("Gunsmoke") and Lynda Day George ("Mission: Impossible").

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