"It's everybody's game of strategy, knowledge & fun. It's "The New Tic Tac Dough"! And now, here's our host, Jack Barry/Wink Martindale!"
The 1976-77 pilots of The New Tic Tac Dough were a series of pilots 2-6 and a test pilot that lead up to the 1978 revival of Tic Tac Dough. For the first three pilots under The New TTD name, Jack Barry hosts, and for pilots four and five, the test pilot and the actual series of The New TTD (later Tic Tac Dough), Wink Martindale, by the time he finished his run on Gambit. Johnny Jacobs announced the first four pilots under The New TTD name, while Jay Stewart announced the fifth pilot as well as the November 1977 taped test pilot and the actual series from 1978-1981. Jack Barry Productions did the very first pilot under The New TTD name and Barry & Enright did the rest. The first pilot under The New Tic Tac Dough name however taped on February 8, 1976, pilots 2 & 3 were taped on May 19, 1976, pilot 4 was taped on January 8, 1977 and the fifth pilot was taped on August 18, 1977 and the test pilot was taped on December 22, 1977, all at CBS Television City in Hollywood.
The second pilot of the show has many differences from the first pilot however called The Tic Tac Toe Game:
- Johnny Jacobs' opening narration drops out "... and you can win over $15,000 in cash and prizes" and changed in the opening spiel from "The Tic Tac Toe Game" to "The New Tic Tac Dough".
- Again, there is no logo on the pilot just like on The Tic Tac Toe Game and Double Cross.
- This is most likely the last pilot to use the Jack Barry Productions name.
Pilots #3 and #4
There were a few differences to pilot #2:
- The logo is added.
- The closing credits now credit Barry & Enright instead of just Jack Barry.
- The music theme is the theme for the 1975 pilot Double Cross.
There were a few differences to pilots #3 and #4.
- Wink Martindale is now the host, instead of Jack Barry.
- The bonus round is changed, was called "Face the Dragon" and it now has a cartoon dragon instead of a lightning bolt.
There were a few differences to pilot #5:
- Jay Stewart is now the announcer, instead of Johnny Jacobs.
- The set was changed, and it was carried over to the actual series.
- The bonus round, however, modified and carried over to the actual series.
There were a few differences from the sixth pilot:
- The theme music is changed to an original Sammy Burdson-original composition "Crazy Fun", however that was rearranged for the actual series by Hal Hidey.