The domestic operation of recently reorganized Pearson Television has greenlit production for fall on its three syndie gamers: soph “Family Feud,” frosh “To Tell the Truth” and upcoming “Card Sharks.”
Production on “Sharks” will begin this spring at Tribune’s new digital digs in Los Angeles, while “Feud” and “Truth” will continue to tape at NBC Studios in Burbank.
Jim Croane, whose credits include “Dragon Tales” and “America’s Most Wanted,” will exec produce “Sharks,” to be hosted by Pat Bullard. Tom McConnell, who directed “Love Connection” while Bullard was the host, is on board to helm the series.
“Sharks” contestants will play for up to $50,000 in prize money each episode. In addition, Pearson will launch an online playable version of the game.
Meanwhile, among changes for the returning gamers are the upping of “Feud’s” cash prize and a shift in the celeb panelist roster on “Truth.”
The per-episode cash up for grabs on “Feud” is being doubled to $20,000, and the show will be taken on the road for the first time in its third season.
On ‘Truth,” celeb panelist Meshach Taylor will return, while Paula Poundstone will segue to a guest panelist role. Brooke Burns will be a regular with Taylor.
“Truth” is one of the few freshman firstrun strips this year expected to return. “Power of Attorney” and “Judge Hatchett” are the only other two with renewals in the bag.
“Feud,” “Truth” and “Sharks” are all cleared for fall on stations repping coverage of more than 80% of the country. In the top three markets, they will all be airing on KCAL Los Angeles, WCIU Chicago and WWOR New York.