Retro Game Shows Renewed by ABC

Legacy shows producing strong ratings for networks

2017 Kids Choice Sport Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 13/07/2017 - Former NFL football player Michael Strahan and his daughters Sophia and Isabella. REUTERS/Patrick T. Fallon

LOS ANGELES — ABC has renewed “Celebrity Family Feud” and “The $100,000 Pyramid.”

The renewals were announced Sunday after the network picked up an additional season of fellow summer game show “Match Game.”

“Returning for season three definitely goes under the category ‘Things that are Awesome,'” said “The $100,000 Pyramid” host Michael 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.”

Steve Harvey, host of “Celebrity Family Feud,” added, “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.”

ABC has found success in summer programming with a strategy reliant largely on primetime game shows featuring celebrity guests. In its third season, “Celebrity Family Feud” — which is produced by FremantleMedia North America — is averaging a 1.3 Nielsen live-plus-same day rating and 6.6 million viewers. “The $100,000 Pyramid,” produced by SMAC Entertainment in association with Sony Pictures Television, is averaging a 0.9 demo rating in its second season and 4.7 million viewers.

“Match Game” renewed

“Match Game” has been renewed for season three at ABC, with host Alec Baldwin inking a two-year, first-look deal with ABC Studios, the network announced Sunday at the TCA summer press tour.

Under the new deal, Baldwin’s 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.

“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 of ABC Entertainment. “The series is an integral part of ABC ‘Fun & Games,’ and I’m glad to have it and Alec back.”

The game show garnered Baldwin a 2017 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality Competition Program.

“Alec Baldwin is one of the most prolific, creative people in the entertainment industry,” said Patrick Moran, president of ABC Studios. “We’re looking forward to channeling that creativity for our studio.”

American Music Awards will be Nov. 19 on ABC

In addition, ABC and Dick Clark Productions also announced that the 2017 American Music Awards will broadcast live on Sunday, Nov. 19 starting at 8 p.m on ABC.

At the American Music Awards, artists will be honored in multiple musical genres, including Pop/Rock, Alternative Rock, Country, Rap/Hip-Hop, Soul/R&B, Adult Contemporary, Contemporary Inspirational, Latin, EDM and Soundtrack, alongside awards for New Artist of the Year, Collaboration of the Year, Tour of the Year, Video of the Year, Favorite Song and Artist of the Year.

Jimmy Kimmel returning to Brooklyn

ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” will return to Brooklyn, N.Y., for five original shows starting Oct. 16. The show will tape live from the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Howard Gilman Opera House. This will be the third time Kimmel and his show have broadcast from BAM.

Previous guests of “Jimmy Kimmel Live” in Brooklyn have included David Letterman, Howard Stern, Tracy Morgan, Bill Murray, Michael J. Fox, Chris Rock, Misty Copeland, Alicia Keys, Jay-Z and more.

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