[05/15/06 - 12:00 AM]
'Lingo' Hosts Service Men and Women from All Five Branches of the United States' Armed Forces for Memorial Day

[via press release from GSN]

'LINGO' Hosts Service Men and Women From All Five Branches of the United States' Armed Forces for Memorial Day

GSN Kicks the Week-Long Event Off With an Eight-Hour Marathon on Memorial Day

SANTA MONICA, Calif., May 15 -- LINGO will host men and women from all five branches of the United States' armed forces starting on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29 on GSN, the network for games. Hosted by Chuck Woolery and Shandi Finnessey, the five-day tribute will kick off with an eight-hour LINGO marathon that Monday from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, ET with the first of the five armed forces episodes airing at 7:30 - 8:00 PM, ET. The episodes will run in the following order:

Monday, May 29

Marathon from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, ET featuring 16 LINGO repeats from current season

7:30 - 8:00 PM, ET LINGO hosts service men and women from the Marines.

Tuesday, May 30

7:30 - 8:00 PM, ET LINGO hosts service men and women from the Coast Guard. Wednesday, May 31 7:30 - 8:00 PM, ET LINGO hosts service men and women from the Army.

Thursday, June 1

7:30 - 8:00 PM, ET LINGO hosts service men and women from the Navy.

Friday, June 2

7:30 - 8:00 PM, ET LINGO hosts service men and women from the Air Force.

During the first two rounds of LINGO, two teams of two contestants compete to see who can guess the most mystery five-letter words. When a team guesses a word correctly, they earn points toward the right to blindly select two numbered balls out of the 24 balls whose numbers match those on the team's bingo-style LINGO board.

When the team succeeds in getting five numbers in a row (horizontally, vertically or diagonally), they achieve "LINGO" and win additional points. The goal of the game during the first two rounds is to earn points -- the higher-scoring team moves onto the final round where they attempt to correctly identify as many words as they can in two minutes. They earn $100 and the right to pick one LINGO ball for each word they guess correctly. If the team achieves LINGO with their earned balls, they win $5,000. If they achieve LINGO with the first ball pulled, they win $10,000 plus any amount in the progressive jackpot.

LINGO is produced by Laurelwood Entertainment. Phil Gurin ("The Weakest Link") and Marc Jansen serve as executive producers.

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. Now reaching more than 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.

Laurelwood Entertainment is a full service production company with credits, including reality, game, variety, holiday specials, magazine shows and documentaries. Owner Phil Gurin recently produced a New Year's Eve special hosted by Regis Philbin and he is in his fourth year as executive producer of the high-profile "Miss Universe," "Miss USA" and "Miss Teen USA" pageants for Donald Trump and NBC. He also produced NBC's "Weakest Link," "Twenty One" and the "United States Olympic Hall of Fame 2006" special. Gurin's credits also include "Test the Nation" reality specials, a new version of the classic reality show "Queen for a Day" and Lifetime's 5th Anniversary Special.


Web Site: http://GSN.com http://corp.gsn.com

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