[03/13/06 - 12:00 AM]
GSN Mourns the Loss of Game Show Great Peter Tomarken

[via press release from GSN]

GSN Mourns the Loss of Game Show Great Peter Tomarken

Network to Air 'BIG BUCKS: THE PRESS YOUR LUCK SCANDAL' Tuesday, March 14 and an All-Day 'PRESS YOUR LUCK' Tribute Sunday, March 19 From 9 AM to 6 PM ET

SANTA MONICA, Calif., March 13 -- GSN mourns the loss of Peter Tomarken, host of the classic game series PRESS YOUR LUCK, who died today along with his wife, Kathleen, in a plane crash in Santa Monica, Ca.

GSN will salute Tomarken with two special tributes, starting tomorrow night (3/14) with the re-broadcast of the documentary BIG BUCKS: THE PRESS YOUR LUCK SCANDAL at 10 PM/9 PM C. The network will follow with a day-long PRESS YOUR LUCK tribute Sunday, March 19 from 9 AM to 6 PM ET.

"On behalf of game show fans and GSN, we mourn the loss of a wonderful person and one of the great game show hosts of all-time, Peter Tomarken. We last worked with Peter when he hosted our documentary BIG BUCKS: THE PRESS YOUR LUCK SCANDAL. Our deepest sympathies and condolences go out to his family and friends during this difficult time," said Rich Cronin, President and CEO of GSN.

Tomarken, who will best be remembered as the host of PRESS YOUR LUCK, also was the host of "Bargain Hunters," "Hit Man" and "Wipeout." But it was his role in PRESS YOUR LUCK and the dreaded word "whammy" that made him most famous. In PRESS YOUR LUCK, if a "whammy" appeared the contestant would lose all their money and prizes. The contestants loved to shout out "big bucks, no whammies" each time they spun the wheel to win cash and prizes.

GSN, the Network for Games, is the only U.S. television network dedicated to game-related programming and interactive game playing. The network features game shows, reality series, documentaries and casino games. As the industry leader in interactivity, GSN features over 133 hours per week of interactive programming, which allows viewers a chance to win prizes by playing along with GSN's televised games via GSN.com. Reaching nearly 60 million Nielsen homes, GSN is distributed in the U.S. through all major cable systems and satellite providers. The network is jointly owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment and Liberty Media Corporation. For further media information, visit GSN's press website at corp.gsn.com.


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