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ABC Orders Revival of ‘Match Game’

Alec Baldwin to Host

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“Match Game,” produced by FremantleMedia North America (FMNA), will return to primetime in a one-hour weekly version hosted by former “30 Rock” star Alec Baldwin. The 10-episode series will air Sunday nights on ABC at 10 p.m. ET following “Celebrity Family Feud” (with Steve Harvey) and “The $100,000 Pyramid” (with Michael Strahan) from 8-10 p.m. as part of a three-hour block themed ABC’s Sunday Fun & Games.

The original “Match Game,” hosted by Gene Rayburn, aired on NBC in daytime from 1962-69. It returned on CBS, also in daytime, in 1973, and moved into first-run syndication in 1979. It concluded in 1982.

“‘Match Game’ is one of the crown jewels in our portfolio, and we’re thrilled to be bringing it to viewers in primetime,” said Jennifer Mullin, co-CEO, FremantleMedia North America. “The team at ABC continue to be a terrific partner for us as we expand our game show slate, and with the charismatic and quick-witted Alec Baldwin as our host, ‘Match Game’ has all the right elements to be a fun and entertaining summer staple.”

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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  1. I will watch this but sure wish that they had chosen a different host. I don’t dislike him but can’t see him hosting this well.

  2. I’m not sure what to make of the choice, but it will be fascinating to see how it plays out, and whether as an executive producer, Baldwin can bring in some quality talent (a la Whoopi Goldberg in the initial seasons of the last Hollywood Squares). It was unfortunate for the last attempt at Match Game (that made it to air, anyway) to have all the oxygen, and decent stars, taken up by Squares. When you’re left with Judy Tenuta as a regular, your fate is sealed.

    More interesting though is how “all in” ABC is going this summer on game shows. A three hour block on Sundays, plus (finally) To Tell the Truth and 500 Questions? That’s some serious time devoted to games.

  3. All I want to know is when Alec will do his spot-on impersonation of Charles Nelson Reilly and star in the game.

  4. I was excited by the news for a moment until I got to the part about Alec Baldwin hosting. I’m sure he will be fun and professional, but we know by the repeated instances of bad behavior in his personal life (but in public), that the good behavior is all an act. I think I’ll pass on watching this one.