The new version had Rayburn returning as host and Olson returning as announcer.
The game play for this version had two solo contestants attempting to match the answers given by a six-celebrity panel. Due to CBS News coverage of the Watergate hearings, the network delayed the premiere one week from its slated date of June 25 to July 2.
At first, many of the questions fit into the more bland and innocuous mold of the earlier seasons of the original series.
In addition, many of the frequent panelists on the early episodes were not regulars later in the series but had appeared on the 1960s version, including Klugman, Arlene Francis, and Bert Convy, the last of whom was later chosen as host of the show's 1990 revival before being diagnosed with a brain tumor which eventually took his life.
NBC also occasionally used special episodes of the series as a gap-filling program in prime time if one of its movies had an irregular time slot.
Since Olson split time between New York and Miami to announce The Jackie Gleason Show, one of the network's New York staff announcers (such as Don Pardo or Wayne Howell) filled-in for Olson when he could not attend a broadcast.The game featured contestants trying to come up with answers to fill-in-the-blank questions, with the object being to match answers given by celebrity panelists.The Match Game in its original version ran on NBC's daytime lineup from 1962 until 1969.In 1963, NBC cancelled the series with six weeks left to be recorded.Question writer Dick De Bartolo came up with a funnier set of questions, like "Mary likes to pour gravy all over John's _____," and submitted it to Mark Goodson.