DIRECTOR

RICHARD DIPIRRO

ABC Is Reviving

Game-Show Classic

"The $100,000 Pyramid"

Vulture / GTP

January 22, 2016

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ABC and producer Sony Pictures Television are reviving The $100,000 Pyramid, bringing back the iconic 1970s and '80s game show as a weekly prime-time series. Former NFL superstar Michael Strahan (Live! With Kelly and Michael) will serve as host of the reincarnated classic, which will get a twenty-episode run on ABC this summer.


Strahan steps into the shoes of late broadcasting legend Dick Clark, who hosted most incarnations of Pyramid during its peak (from 1973 until 1978).  A daytime staple, the 2016 model will be the first time Pyramid has aired as a regular prime-time network show.


The basic format of the show is expected to remain the same: Two teams of celebrities and civilians partner up to give and receive clues in various word-association games.


The winning team then gets a chance to play in a big-money bonus round, which over the years has ranged from $10,000 to $100,000.


Strahan will serve as executive producer of the new Pyramid, along with Constance Schwartz and Vin Rubino. Rich DiPirro will direct the revival.

Sony already produces its massively successful syndicated game shows Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune.

Photo: ABC

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