CBS eyeing 'Winning' streak
It’s going to be a rockin’ new year for veteran TV personality-mogul Dick Clark.
The 70-year-old small-screen staple has signed on to host “Winning Lines,” the upcoming CBS entry in the Y2K gameshow craze. Clark is already an active warrior in the quizshow wars: He’s an exec producer of “Greed,” Fox’s answer to ABC’s megasuccessful “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.”
CBS has skedded “Lines” to air Saturdays at 8 p.m., starting Jan. 8, with “Candid Camera” following at 8:30 p.m. “Early Edition” will go on hiatus until spring.
“Lines” is being produced by Celador Prods. — the U.K. brains behind the original “Millionaire” — and Stone Stanley Entertainment.
Clark is the latest TV warhorse to be recruited into the increasingly crowded primetime gameshow competish. The sixtysomething Regis Philbin started the trend, lobbying successfully for the gig as host of “Millionaire.” And Clark chose a fellow quizshow vet, Chuck Woolery, to front “Greed.”
The debut of “Lines” means the first full TV week of the new season will boast launches of no less than three primetime gameshows.
Fox will kick off the quizapalooza Jan. 5, 6 and 7 with three straight nights of “Greed,” which settles into its new permanent timeslot Jan. 7 at 8 p.m.
“Lines” follows on Jan. 8, with NBC’s new Maury Povich-hosted take on the classic “Twenty One” bowing Jan. 9 at 8 p.m. (Daily Variety, Dec. 8).
“Millionaire,” which started the gameshow revival, returns to ABC as a thrice-weekly series on Jan. 11.
The “Winning Lines” gig reunites Clark and a genre with which he has been long associated. He hosted various versions of Bob Stewart Prods.’ “Pyramid” franchise on CBS and ABC, starting with the original “$10,000 Pyramid” in 1973.
Ever-youthful Clark has thrived in virtually every television daypart, hosting shows in daytime (“Pyramid”), primetime (“Bloopers and Practical Jokes”), latenight (“New Year’s Rockin’ Eve”) and Saturday afternoon (“American Bandstand”).