LINGO Goes Into Production for Its Sixth Season, Marking a First for GSN, the Network for Games
Legendary Game Show Host Chuck Woolery Returns With Co-Host Shandi
Finnessey at His Side
Winners From GSN's Online Interactive Game Will Face Off Against Champions
From Previous Seasons in Four Special Episodes
PASADENA, Calif., Jan. 12 -- LINGO will go into production
on its sixth season next month, making it the first original series ever to
be picked up for a sixth season at GSN, the network for games. Legendary
host Chuck Woolery returns with co-host Shandi Finnessey by his side. The
sixth season will premiere Monday, April 2 and will air Monday through
Friday 7:30-8:00 PM, ET.
Host Woolery is known by audiences worldwide for such popular classics
as "Love Connection" and "Greed," both of which air on GSN, in addition to
"Scrabble" and the first seven years of "Wheel of Fortune." Co-host
Finnessey (Miss USA 2004) is a published children's book author of "The
Furrtails," which was developed to promote the inclusion of individuals
with mental challenges. Originally from Florissant, Missouri, Finnessey is
an honors graduate of Lindenwood University where she received a degree in
psychology. In her spare time, Finnessey works with many charities across
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, they win $5,000. If they achieve Lingo with their
first ball pulled, they win $10,000 and the progressive jackpot, if
applicable. The progressive LINGO jackpot is won every time a winning team
gets "Lingo" on the first ball. The jackpot starts at $10,000 and grows by
$1,000 each time it's not won.
The new season will also feature a series of episodes in which the
champions of GSN's online LINGO game face off against the best players from
previous television episodes.
LINGO is produced by Laurelwood Entertainment. Phil Gurin ("The Weakest
Link") and Marc Jansen serve as executive producers.
GSN is the entertainment industry leader in multi-platform interactive
game programs. As the premier television network for games, GSN features
challenging word games, high intensity casino programs, live participation
shows, reality series and documentaries. GSN's programming includes
original series such as "Chain Reaction," "Lingo" and "High Stakes Poker,"
as well as classics "Jeopardy" and "Pyramid." The network also boasts
America's first live participation TV program "PlayMania," which airs in
late-night six times a week. Complementing the network, GSN.com features
all types of game play: innovative Flash games for fun, skill cash game
tournaments and downloadable games. The website also features GSN's
two-screen interactive play-along for prime time shows. Now reaching more
than 62 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 his second year of
New Years Eve on FOX, with Cat Deeley hosting. He is producing the upcoming
variety game on ABC, "Wanna Bet?" and is in his fifth year as executive
producer of the high-profile "Miss Universe," "Miss USA" and "Miss Teen
USA" pageants for Donald Trump and NBC. Gurin also produced the TV Guide
Channel red carpet shows with Joan and Melissa Rivers for the Grammys,
Golden Globes, SAG and Academy Awards. Additionally, he served as executive
producer on 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.