"Game Show Marathon"

Kicks off Season

for CBS

John Consoli / GTP

May 5, 2006


CBS has anounced the premiere dates of some of its original summer programming, which will include a celebrity game show hosted by Ricki Lake, a one-hour reality series which follows the lives of a group of real suburban women, and the return of music competition Rock Star, and reality series Big Brother

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Gameshow Marathon, hosted by Lake, Based on a British game show, Marathon is produced by FreemantleMedia North America and Grenada Entertainment USA.

It will feature six celebrity contestants competing in a weekly elimination-style tournament in which they play against one another in different classic game show formats reproduced in their original presentation.  The featured formats include "The Price is Right", "Beat the Clock", "Press Your Luck", "Card Sharks", "Match Game" and "Family Feud".

Veteran game show director Rich DiPirro will be tasked with executing a new show format for each week's episode and likened the challenge to that of a football coach preparing to face a new team each Sunday.  "It will be like coming up with an entirely new playbook for each week's game, and teaching the scheme to all the players in a day." he said.  "But, I have 20 years of film study on this, so we will definately be able to create shows that feel fun, exciting and familar."