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‘Card Sharks’ & ‘Press Your Luck’ Game Show Revivals Ordered By ABC

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Two more classic game shows are making a return to TV. ABC has ordered revivals of Card Sharks and Press Your Luck. Produced by Fremantle, the shows will go into production this spring. Hosts and premiere dates will be announced soon.

In each game of Press Your Luck, three contestants compete against each other answering questions to earn spins on the Big Board. Contestants then use their spins to win cash and prizes while trying to avoid the Whammy, who could take all of their winnings and leave them with nothing. The winning contestant moves on to the All-New Bonus Round to face the Whammy in a final battle for the chance to win a fortune. John Quinn will serve as showrunner and executive produce, along with Fremantle’s Jennifer Mullin.

Card Sharks features two players who face off in a head-to-head elimination game with the goal of one player
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Today in Soap Opera History (January 8)

1975: Ryan's Hope's Pat comforted Delia with a song.

1985: Santa Barbara's Lionel fell off a train and had his ID stolen.

2008: Days of our Lives' Ej found John in Stefano's basement.

2014: Guy Wilson made his first appearance as Will on Days."History speaks to artists. It changes the artist's thinking and is constantly reshaping it into different and unexpected images."

Anselm Kiefer

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1937: Clara, Lu & Em actress Isobel Carothers died suddenly at age 37. Clara, Lu, and Em was radio's first network daytime soap opera, beginning June 16, 1930 over Wgn-am Chicago, Illinois. It moved to the Blue Network in 1931 and later NBC.
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10 Things You Didn’t Know about Bob Eubanks

It kind of seems like Bob Eubanks was meant to be famous since he was a child model and was enamored of the spotlight from a young age. He didn’t really get into the limelight until later on his life but he hung around the fringes as his interest continued to grow throughout the years. A lot of folks born in the last couple of decades probably can’t relate to his fame or why he’s important but those of us that have seen reruns of his shows or other appearances might very well understand why he’s a big deal. He

10 Things You Didn’t Know about Bob Eubanks
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Today in Soap Opera History (January 8)

1975: Ryan's Hope's Pat comforted Delia with a song.

1985: Santa Barbara's Lionel fell off a train and had his ID stolen.

2008: Days of our Lives' Ej found John in Stefano's basement.

2014: Guy Wilson made his first appearance as Will on Days."History is a vast early warning system."

Norman Cousins

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1937: Clara, Lu & Em actress Isobel Carothers died suddenly at age 37. Clara, Lu, and Em was radio's first network daytime soap opera, beginning June 16, 1930 over Wgn-Am Chicago, Illinois. It moved to the Blue Network in 1931 and later NBC.

The show began as a Northwestern University sorority sketch by Louise
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Will Ferrell and Molly Shannon, In Character As Cheesy Local TV Hosts, To Cover Rose Parade Live For Amazon

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Will Ferrell and Molly Shannon, In Character As Cheesy Local TV Hosts, To Cover Rose Parade Live For Amazon
Will Ferrell and Molly Shannon’s upcoming collaboration for Amazon and Funny or Die might be one of the holiday season’s funniest media experiments. The duo, in character as local Los Angeles broadcasters “Cord Hosenbeck and Tish Cattigan,” will host a live broadcast of the 2018 Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year’s Day for the streaming platform.

As announced by Amazon in an impressively sneaky press release on Wednesday, “Cord Hosenbeck and Tish Cattigan are no strangers to the Rose Bowl, having covered the event for the past 25 years. However, their move this year to Amazon from a local station will allow their fans from around the world to stream the event live.”

No network has exclusive TV rights to the Rose Parade, which is why Amazon will be able to join the other broadcasters carrying it on New Year’s Day. The characters of Cord and Tish
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Big Stars Love TV So Much, They’re Even Hosting Game Shows Now

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Big Stars Love TV So Much, They’re Even Hosting Game Shows Now
Remember when big-name stars didn’t want to do TV? Now they’re even clamoring for jobs as game show hosts.

Alec Baldwin (ABC’s “Match Game”), Taye Diggs (Fox’s “Hypnotize Me”), Jane Lynch (NBC’s “Celebrity Game Night”) and Anthony Anderson (ABC’s “To Tell the Truth”) are just some of the actors who now front major primetime game shows, in addition to their regular scripted work.

“You look at game shows from the 1970s and 1980s, they were somewhat cheesy,” Anderson said. “It’s different now. It’s a lot classier. It’s cool.”

Wayne Brady, who has hosted a “Let’s Make a Deal” revival for CBS since 2009, joked that “being a game show host was very much akin to being a local affiliate weatherman – and no offense to local affiliate weathermen, but there’s a stereotype.”

Read More: Common Joins the Game Show Circus

Indeed,
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Hollywood Stars to Hold Benefit for Flint, Michigan

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Hollywood Stars to Hold Benefit for Flint, Michigan
Celebrity natives of Flint, Michigan are banding together to help their hometown. A group of Hollywood stars, led by Flint expat and famed jazz singer Dee Dee Bridgewater, are holding a concert on Feb. 21 to benefit those affected by the water contamination crisis. "We're all critically aware of what's going on in Flint," Bridgewater tells People. "My role is to perform and reach out to a lot of celebrities that I know in the Los Angeles area to make them aware of the benefit and see if I can get them involved." The three-time Grammy award-winner's family is currently suffering
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Ktla Names Rose Parade Host Replacements For Bob Eubanks & Stephanie Edwards

Ktla Los Angeles has found its new Rose Parade hosts. Leeza Gibbons and Mark Steines will take over for Bob Eubanks and Stephanie Edwards, beginning in 2017. Gibbons and Steines will host Ktla’s 70th broadcast of the parade on January 2, 2017. (The Rose Parade airs on the 2nd in years when the 1st falls on Sunday). As earlier announced, after a 35-year run together, Eubanks and Edwards have decided to step down, wrapping up with the "Find Your Adventure"-themed Rose…
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Video: The Bachelor's Sean Lowe Reveals He's Walked Out on Wife Catherine – Sometimes 'I Just Gotta Get Away'

Video: The Bachelor's Sean Lowe Reveals He's Walked Out on Wife Catherine – Sometimes 'I Just Gotta Get Away'
America fell in love with Sean and Catherine Lowe on The Bachelor, but now the famously real couple is revealing that their marriage isn't always rose petals and fireworks.

In an exclusive sneak peek at Friday's premiere of Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars, it's clear the Lowes – who celebrate two years as husband and wife on Jan. 26 – don't always see eye to eye.

When former Newlywed Game host Bob Eubanks stops by to test the couples on how well they know each other, it's a shock to the other participants when Sean's confessional shows him saying, "There have been times that I have said,
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L.A. Rose Parade Stalwarts Bob Eubanks & Stephanie Edwards Dropping Mic After 2016 Event

U2 famously sang “Nothing changes on New Year’s Day.” Tell that to fans of the Tournament of Roses Parade, who might be a bit taken aback by this: The longtime L.A. announcing team of Bob Eubanks and Stephanie Edwards said today that the 2016 parade will be their last in the booth. The duo dropped the news on La outlet Ktla, which has aired the Pasadena event since the late 1940s. Eubanks’ first stint in the announcer’s chair was in 1979; Edwards joined him three years…
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Chris Evans and Gay Brother Scott Share Embarassing Childhood Stories

Chris Evans paid a visit to The Tonight Show last night to promote Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Evans didn’t give much away in terms of plot, but it’s not like the film– which opens in the U.S. this weekend– needs much additional buzz. The most interesting part of the appearance, Chris brought along adorable younger brother Scott Evans, who might just have a bigger fanbase on TheBacklot than his movie star sibling. (Scott is also an actor and played gay soap character Oliver Fish on One Life to Live.)

The two Evans brothers played a modified version of The Newlywed Game, with Fallon acting as Bob Eubanks and asking them to recall stories from their childhood, including the one where Chris tricked Scott into wetting his pants…

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Survey Says: 10 Hottest Game Show Hosts Ever!

We rarely associate hotness with game show hosting, but why is that? It takes bravado, rigidity, and charisma to run a good game show, and I'd say the same rubric applies to male strippers and So You Think You Can Dance contestants. In honor of the late Richard Dawson, the original host of Family Feud and an unforgettable Match Game panelist, I'll be tallying the hottest men of televised gaming. Please remember to phrase your cat-calls in the form of question.

10. Jeff Probst, Rock & Roll Jeopardy

Though he only hosted VH1's Jeopardy! spinoff from 1998 to 2001, Jeff Probst's dimpled cuteness and conversational hosting style were enough to substantiate him as a great emcee. Naturally he's better remembered for hosting Survivor for all of its 5,700 cycles, but he looked mighty fine standing behind Trebek's podium.

9. Richard Dawson, Family Feud

Richard Dawson was most known for smooching contestants and calling out "Survey says!
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Chris Harrison blogs 'Bachelor Pad' episode 5

I hope all of you enjoyed a nice long Labor Day weekend. I’m happy to see that once again you were kind enough to make sure part of that extended weekend included your usual Monday night appointment with all of us at Bachelor Pad. Before I left the mansion after last week’s rose ceremony, I informed everybody that from now on they would be competing as a couple and would be voted off as a couple. This didn’t seem like huge news, but by the end of the episode you saw that it really was.

I can
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'Wheel of Fortune' Wheel Designer, Ed Flesh, Dies Aged 79

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'Wheel of Fortune' Wheel Designer, Ed Flesh, Dies Aged 79
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The man who created the iconic horizontally spinning wheel on 'Wheel of Fortune' has died.

According to 'The Hollywood Reporter,' art director Ed Flesh died in California on Friday of congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 79 and is survived by his partner of 44 years, David Powers.

The prolific designer shaped the look of dozens of TV game shows including 'The $25,000 Pyramid,' 'Jeopardy!,' 'Name That Tune' and 'The Newlywed Game.'

Paying tribute to Flesh, Bob Eubanks, original host of 'The New Newlywed Game,' said "He truly was a master of his craft."

 

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The 8 Best Game Show Hosts of the 1980s

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8. Chuck Woolery ("Wheel of Fortune," "Love Connection," "Scrabble"): Chuck Woolery was the original host of "Wheel of Fortune," but lost the gig to the smarmy wet blanket, Pat Sajack, after a salary dispute. Almost all of Woolery's episodes have been permanently lost, as NBC had a habit of wiping tapes to save money.

Where Is He Now? The man is over 70, so he's not doing much. His most recent show was "Lingo" on Gsn, which ran from 2002-2007. I don't know where it aired, but in 2003, there was also a reality show that tracked Woolery's daily life.

7. Ray Combs: ("Family Feud"): Combs started out as a warm-up act for sitcoms, including "Amen." He had very little experience when he was selected, but Combs was behind the revitalization of the show, after replacing Richard Dawson. However, after six years, Richard Dawson replaced Combs again. Combs last words on "Family Feud,
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Amazing Race Recap - Finale Night!

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Here is Sean Furfaro's recap of the Season Finale of The Amazing Race.Sorry for the delay in getting tonight’s post up, especially for those of you who are used to it being up at 9:30 Et. I’m still on the West Coast, so didn’t even get to watch the episode until it aired here. It’s Finale Night so let’s get right to it…

My Random Thoughts:

- The opening recap of the entire race was pretty much a 3-minute segment saying “Remember that Nick and Chad are both bad people.” The nifty little lingo that Phil used saying teams ‘sank, crashed, and clashed’ all showed video clips featuring Chad. And after seeing the watermelon smash one more time (seriously, I never get tired of it, do you?), we wrapped up Phil’s recap with the trademark eyebrow…now with a ‘ding!’ sound effect.

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'Amazing Race' Season 17 Winner and Season 18 Contestants Revealed

After 16 seasons, "The Amazing Race" finally has a two-woman team winner. Doctors Nat and Kat crossed the finish line first to win the race on Sunday, December 12 broadcast, thus making a history as the first woman-woman team to ever win the U.S. version.

The odds actually were tipping to this possibility for the final consisted of another woman-woman team. Home Shopping hosts Brook and Claire came second in the race, followed by dating couple Jill and Thomas.

During the final hours of their 32,000 miles journey, the three teams went back from South Korea to Los Angeles, California where they had to do a bungee jump off a giant crane in Port of Long Beach, decorate a float for the Tournament of Roses parade and play a trivia contest with Bob Eubanks.

After four continents and 30 cities, the race ended in Beverly Hills' Greystone Mansion. Nat gave a phone interview to AP,
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'Amazing Race': And the winning team is...

'Amazing Race': And the winning team is...
Could an all-woman team win The Amazing Race? That was the big question going into tonight’s season finale. On one side: Nat and Kat, a brilliant and classy pair of doctors. On the other: Brook and Claire, twin dynamos of ridiculous energy. Caught in the middle: Jill and Thomas, the divisive (at least among EW.com readers) dating couple who have had a dominating run in the last few legs of the race. Did the ladies succeed? Was history made? Read on for the answer, viewers:

Hooray for womankind! And hooray for being classy! After a season of saying
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Stop the presses! Carnie Wilson leaves 'The Newlywed Game'...and I'm the only one who cares.

Stop the presses! Carnie Wilson leaves 'The Newlywed Game'...and I'm the only one who cares.
I love the Game Show Network. I realize this is a bold statement coming from someone (way) under the age of 50. But in the two weeks after I graduated college, I literally sat on the couch all day every day watching Gsn. I can’t help it! I’m obsessed with reruns of the classics ($25,000 Pyramid, Password, Card Sharks etc.), and I’m even a fan of some of the new shows (just try and give me a Lingo puzzle I can’t solve). So when the news broke that Carnie Wilson would be leaving her post as host of Gsn’s The Newlywed Game,
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'NCIS' keeps the band together, Starz gets mobbed up

The potential drama over "NCIS" cast members renegotiating their contracts turned out not to be very dramatic.

Sean Murray, who's been with the show since its first season and a regular since Season 2, has re-signed with the show for next season, The Live Feed reports. He's the last of the four regulars with expiring deals to re-up.

Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette and David McCallum have also closed new deals in recent weeks. Mark Harmon and Cote de Pablo were already locked in for 2010-11.

- Starz is developing a series about organized crime and hoping it can do something similar to what "The Sopranos" did for HBO.

The show in question is "Underbelly," an Australian series that dramatized a real-life crime war in Melbourne and was a critical and popular hit there. According to Vulture, Starz has bought rights to the show but is looking to adapt stories from American crime
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