"Get busy with that typewriter and you can write The Next Line. Here he is, ready with his next line, our host, Kevin Frank."
The Next Line was a 1990s television game show similar to The New Liar's Club. Hosted by Kevin Frank, with Kathy Morse as the announcer (the pair had also worked together on another game show, Kidstreet, which aired around the same time). It was so similar, even the set was nearly identical, but with some minor adjustments including the vane scoring display expanding to 4 digits (while The New Liar's Club's display used only 3). Unlike Liar's Club, The Next Line had no studio audience. Unlike Liar's, it centered around viewing classic movie clips that were cut off at a point and then determining which of a panel of "experts" gave the correct line that followed. It premiered in 1991 on many Global Television Network stations, but was cancelled after 13 weeks. Reruns were first aired on Prime Network in the late 90s, and later resurfaced on GameTV.
Four contestants played the game against a regular panel of four "experts" that featured:
- Pete Barbutti, actor and musician who made numerous appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.
- Neil Crone, who had a major role in the second season of the CTV series Power Play, playing Hamilton Steelheads coach Harry Strand and now plays local radio host Fred Tupper in the CBC sitcom Little Mosque on the Prairie. He was also the host of another Canadian game show (this one for kids) called Wild Guess.
- Veena Sood, an award winning actress, who has appeared in numerous feature films, and television shows, including the Sony Classics feature Touch of Pink, DaVinci's Inquest, Fringe, V, as well as the 2007/2008 season of Little Mosque on the Prairie as Amaar's mother. She is the sister of Manoj Sood ('Baber' on Little Mosque) and Ashwin Sood (Sarah McLachlan's husband and drummer). Ms. Sood also has appeared on numerous U.K. productions, including Compulsion (BBC), and the cross cultural comedy Nina's Heavenly Delights, which was shot in Glasgow, Scotland. Currently Veena Sood is a regular character on the new Showcase Network Crime Drama Endgame.
- Denalda Williams, former contestant on another Canadian-based game show, Talk About.
Five rounds were played. Each contestant started with 100 points and could wager as many points as they wanted on the panelist they thought gave the correct line to the clip. A correct match earned the player the points they wagered, while an incorrect match subtracted the wagered points from their score. The contestant with the most points at the end of the fifth round was declared the day's champion and won an assortment of prizes.
Odds were placed at 1-1, meaning a correct match added the points the player wagered to their score. A player was allowed to bet a maximum half of their original 100 points. In round 1, a scene from a classic movie was played, after some point the dialogue stopped. A reminder of the last line spoken by the character in the clip was shown on the monitors, at which time each of the panelists would give their take on what the next line would be. After the fourth panelist gave their answer, the players made their wagers, a recap was given by the panelists, and the clip was restarted with the next line added.
In this round, odds were placed at 2-1, which could earn a player double their wagered points for a correct match. The clip shown featured one or more of the panelists acting out a situation. The segment was often called "Expert in the Street" or "Panelist in the Park". And although a panelist appeared in the clip, he/she may not be giving the correct next line.
Odds remain at 2-1. The clip in Round 3 involved an ordinary person stopped on the streets of Vancouver to read a real-life fact.
The odds in round 4 increased to 5-1, meaning a player could add 5 times their wagered points to their score. In this round, often called "Mangled Movie", another classic movie clip was played, but the dialogue had been replaced with dubbing by one or more of the panelists.
With the odds now at 10-1 (earning a player 10 times their wagered points), it could be anybody's game. Any player with 90 points or more may wager up to 90 points in this round. This round played a little differently. Instead of showing movie clips, an original song was performed (music was usually written by Barbutti, with lyrics by the panel) with each panelist singing a line they had written that they thought would be the next in the song, which was performed on piano by Barbutti. After wagering, the line was revealed by Kevin, who usually sang it himself.
The player with the most points at the end of this round won the game and a prize; if the winning player made a correct bet in all 5 rounds, a bonus prize was also awarded. If there was a tie, the Liars Club tiebreaker was used to determine the winner.