Thursday, March 28, 2013

Turning 40

Off two days, but it was March 26, 1973 that the sensation begun. From CBS to ABC to syndication, back to CBS and then to GSN, The classic Pyramid format ($10,000, $20,000, $25,000, $50,000, $100,000) was brought to us from 1973 to 1991 on and off, with a few hosts here and there, but only one remain a legend.

Who else but Dick Clark who really launched this series. Sure, there's been Davidson, Osmond, Cullen and now Mike Richards, and even a pilot taped in 1996 and another a year later with Chuck Woolery. Clark remained dominant throughout the 70's and 80's series, appeared on Donny Osmond's Pyramid [recently reran on GSN] and probably would have on the GSN version if it wasn't for the stroke and death.

Pyramid is a classic game show, and is really one of the best game show formats ever. Sure there's Feud, Newlywed, Price is Right, Let's Make a Deal, Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy!, etc., but since the beginning The Pyramid theme has been exciting, and the most frightening 60 seconds of some contestants' lives.

Classic Pyramid, and revivals since have featured top-notch celebrities, but I can only name very few. If anyone can name their favorite, and also-worst celebrities on Pyramid, please add to the conversation. A few I could think of off the top are Ed Begley, Betty White, Markie Post and Nipsey Russell.

Hopefully the Pyramid franchise isn't dead after the GSN revival. It wasn't a bad attempt, but it was just too similar to the classic format. Eventually, reruns of Clark's Pyramid were doing better than the heavily-advertised new version, so there's no point in making new episodes. Like it or not, it's cancelled. It was good while it lasted, and I enjoy a rerun every now and then, but it's done. Good riddance. But personally, I loved it.

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