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Alec Baldwin to return to ‘Match Game’ as ABC renews three game-shows

ABC goes on a renewal spree

ABC has renewed “The $100,000 Pyramid” and “Celebrity Family Feud,” the two ongoing game shows join the previously announced season three pickup of “Match Game.” Hosted by “Good Morning America” co-anchor Michael Strahan, the Emmy Award-winning pop-culture phenomenon, “The $100,000 Pyramid,” is reimagined with a cast of all-star celebrities that partner with contestants from across the country. All of them compete against each other with hopes of making it to the winner’s circle and the ultimate grand cash prize. The show rans #1 in its 10pm time slot on Sundays this summer and retains 100% of its lead-in among Adults 18-49.

“Returning for season three definitely goes under the category ‘Things that are Awesome,’” said Strahan. “It has been such an honor continuing the legacy of the legendary Dick Clark as host of ‘Pyramid.’ Looking forward to another season of giving away ABC’s money.”

“Celebrity Family Feud” pits celebrity families, and their immediate family members or their extended TV families, against each other in a contest to name the most popular responses to survey-type questions posed to 100 people. Celebrity teams from the world of entertainment, music and sports compete against each other to have fun and win money for charity. Hosted by Steve Harvey, the highly popular standup comedian, actor, author and Emmy® Award-winning game show host, “Celebrity Family Feud” is the most-watched show in Sunday’s 8:00 p.m. hour this summer.

Harvey said, “The politically correct reason that ‘Celebrity Family Feud’ has struck a chord is because it’s a great show where people can play along at home and everyone can join in on the fun. The true reason it’s a success is because they went and got me to host. It’s been a blessing to host this show, I’m one of those people who loves what they’re doing.”
“The $100,000 Pyramid” is produced by SMAC Entertainment in association with Sony Pictures Television and was taped in front of a live studio audience in New York. “The $100,000 Pyramid” is executive produced by Michael Strahan, Constance Schwartz and Vin Rubino.

As we mentioned earlier, ABC also renewed season three of its hit game show “Match Game,” with host Alec Baldwin. Additionally, Baldwin’s company, El Dorado Pictures, has inked a two-year first-look deal with ABC Studios.

“Alec’s quick wit, charm and star power set the stage for an unadulterated and can’t-miss hour of television each week on ‘Match Game,’” said Channing Dungey, president, ABC Entertainment. “The series is an integral part of ABC ‘Fun & Games,’ and I’m glad to have it and Alec back.”

Under its new agreement, El Dorado Pictures will develop scripted and unscripted projects under the ABC Studios banner. The production company’s development executive, Mallory Schwartz, will oversee the slate which Baldwin will executive produce.

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