ABC Entertainment and Fremantle announced on May 2 that actress, director and producer Elizabeth Banks — mostly known from such films as the ‘Pitch Perfect’ franchise, ‘The 40-Year Old Virgin’ and ‘The Hunger Games — is set to host the return of the classic game show “Press Your Luck”. Based on the CBS daytime version from 1983-86, contestants attempt to provide correct answers in order to earn spins for the Big Board where they can win cash and prizes while trying to avoid the Board’s Whammies aiming to bankrupt them.
“Press Your Luck” premieres Wednesday, June 12 at 8:00–9:00 p.m. EDT on ABC.
“Elizabeth Banks is exactly the type of woman we want on ABC – she’s a big star who’s smart, strong and funny,” said Karey Burke, president, ABC Entertainment. “She has everything we need as the host of ‘Press Your Luck,’ one of our signature summer game shows. If anyone can ride herd on the Whammy, it’s Elizabeth!”
For the updated version, 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.
“Press Your Luck” is produced by Fremantle. The show is executive produced by Jennifer Mullin, Elizabeth Banks, Max Handelman and John Quinn, who also serves as showrunner.