ABC cancels Alec Baldwin’s ‘Match Game’, ‘Card Sharks’ and other games

The Alec Baldwin-hosted “Match Game” isn’t expected to return to ABC as the Alphabet web begins to flesh out its plans for its annual game show-heavy summer lineup.

Also unlikely to return are Card Sharks, Celebrity Dating Game and The Hustler, while Celebrity Family Feud, Press Your Luck and The $100,000 Pyramid are expected to be back.

The fate of Match Game had been the source of speculation after Baldwin accidentally shot and killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of independent production Rust last fall.

But ABC’s decision to cancel Match Game has nothing to do with that incident; Match Game hasn’t been in production since 2020, before the COVID-19 pandemic – and 2021 aired just two new episodes left over from the previous year.

The latest revival of Match Game, hosted by Baldwin, debuted in 2016 and ran for five seasons. The final season was filmed before the pandemic began, with nine episodes filmed between May 31, 2000 and October 29, 2000, and the final two on July 21 and July 28, 2021.

The Fremantle-produced “Match Game” focused on four contestants battling for $25,000 while trying to find the answers of six celebrities in a gap-filling game. The format, which first premiered in 1962 under the emcee of Gene Rayburn, has been revived several times in the decades since. The ABC run was executive produced by showrunner Scott St. John and others and produced approximately 69 episodes.

As for Card Sharks, which was hosted by Joel McHale, the revival ran for two seasons on ABC, most recently in July 2021. Also from Fremantle and showrunner St. John, Card Sharks features players attempting to win a cash prize by betting to win on the cards to be turned over. The format first debuted in 1978; The ABC edition aired 21 episodes as of June 2019.

Celebrity Dating Game, hosted by Zooey Deschanel and Michael Bolton, aired for just one season in 2021. The show, which premiered last June, put celebrities in the “dating game” format while quizzing potential suitors and civilians trying to guess the stars behind the wall. Bolton would also perform parodies and renditions of popular songs as clues for the contestants. Sony Pictures TV is behind the show.

Hosted by Craig Ferguson, The Hustler called itself “the most evil game on TV”. The contestants would work together to answer questions and pool money – but it turns out that one of them is a mole who knows the answers and is trying to hide his identity and win the prize. Based on a British format, The Hustler comes from All3Media’s Studio Lambert and ran for two seasons on ABC, first airing on January 7, 2021. A total of 19 episodes were aired.

As for Celebrity Family Feud, which will be hosted by Steve Harvey, the show is expected to return for Season 8; Press Your Luck, hosted by Elizabeth Banks, will return for a fourth season; and “The $100,000 Pyramid,” hosted by Michael Strahan, returns for Season 6. Celebrity Family Feud and Press Your Luck are from Fremantle, while Pyramid is from Sony Pictures TV.

The shows follow the previously renewed Holey Moley, which is back with the Muppets for a fourth season; and a new edition of The Chase. These two shows, along with new true crime mystery gamer Who Do You Believe?

The news also comes as ABC recently confirmed that The Ultimate Surfer will not be returning. Awaiting news of their fate are Supermarket Sweep, as well as current shows Judge Steve Harvey and To Tell the Truth, and recent entries Celebrity Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy National College Championship. ABC cancels Alec Baldwin’s ‘Match Game’, ‘Card Sharks’ and other games

Charles Jones

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