Griffin, Kelly a ‘Click’ team

Veteran producer Merv Griffin is joining with Kelly News & Entertainment to launch his first gameshow in five years, an educational teen weekly called “Click.”

The half-hour info-game, to debut this fall, will be paired with Kelly’s other new FCC-friendly game, “Peer Pressure,” from the creators of MTV’s ‘Singled Out.” It replaces Kelly’s new teen sitcom “Whose Class Is This Anyway?”

“Click” is the first gameshow for teens developed by Merv Griffin Entertainment, creator of the two highest-rated gameshows on TV: “Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy!”

It will be hosted by Los Angeles disc jockey Ryan Seacrest, who also hosts ESPN’s “Radical Outdoor Challenge.” Executive producers are Griffin and Ernie Chambers, senior vice president of production at Merv Griffin Entertainment.

The two games, which are being sold for barter with a 50-50 split, have been cleared on Kelly Broadcasting’s two stations: KCRA Sacramento and KCPQ Seattle, as well as the LIN Television station group, which is an investor in the one-hour block. LIN owns stations in Dallas; Hartford, Conn.; Indianapolis; Buffalo; Norfolk, Va.; Grand Rapids, Mich.; Austin, Texas; Champaign, Ill.; and Fort Wayne, Ind.

The game tests knowledge of academic subjects and current events by tying questions to pop culture. For instance, contestants may be asked the author of “The Iliad” and the father of Bart Simpson. The game also features a “wall of sound,” where teens try to identify music or composers.

Three teams of two contestants compete, and the game board is a giant computer screen. Contestants use a giant computer mouse to select question values, hence the name “Click,” and categories are selected randomly by the computer.

Alan Winters, president of Kelly News & Entertainment, said stations expressed more interest in a gameshow block than in the sitcom. Twentieth TV is also selling a weekly teen sitcom “Student Bodies,” which will air on the Fox group, and which may have hurt the chances of “Whose Class Is This Anyway?”

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