GSN Salutes Bob Barker With a Week of Special Programming Featuring Career-Spanning Episodes of Classic Game Shows
Specials of I'VE GOT A SECRET, FAMILY FEUD, MATCH GAME and TATTLETALES
Begin Airing May 15 as Part of GSN's Salute to Bob Barker
Jeff Thisted of 'The Price Is Right' Joins 'PlayMania' as Host
Thisted Hosts Special Barker Edition of 'quiznation' Friday, May 18
GSN.com Features Barker Trivia, Polls, and Exclusive Broadband Video
SANTA MONICA, Calif., May 2 -- GSN pays tribute to Bob
Barker, legendary host of television's longest running game show, with
rarely-seen episodes of Barker appearances on classic game shows. GSN
SALUTES BOB BARKER includes special episodes of I'VE GOT A SECRET, FAMILY
FEUD, MATCH GAME and TATTLETALES featuring Barker and airs Tuesday, May 15
through Saturday, May 19 on GSN.
From the classic to the contemporary, GSN's online portal, GSN.com,
will feature an interactive poll to determine who viewers think should be
the next "The Price Is Right" host; daily word search games and trivia that
tests viewers knowledge of Barker; and exclusive broadband video on Barker
including well-wishes from fans.
Additionally, GSN's PLAYMANIA will devote a night of programming that
celebrates Bob Barker. Making his debut as host on "quiznation", Jeff
Thisted, a current "The Price Is Right" staff member, will lead the special
night of game play. Thisted provides an insider's view into what goes on
behind-the-scenes of America's favorite game show and insight into the
magic that has made the show a cultural phenomenon.
"Bob Barker has been a welcome and constant fixture in American
households for a half century," commented Rich Cronin, President and CEO,
GSN. "We wanted to take this opportunity to reflect on his life-spanning
career in a way that only GSN can -- it's our way of congratulating him on
the most extraordinary career in the game show world."
Tuesday, May 15 through Friday, May 18 GSN will air back-to-back
episodes of MATCH GAME at 9:00 and 9:30 PM. Originally aired between 1975
and 1978, these episodes feature Barker as a celebrity panelist, even
donning a tuxedo for his first appearance on the show. Fellow panelists
include regulars Charles Nelson Reilly, Brett Somers and Richard Dawson.
Later on the same nights, GSN airs back-to-back episodes of FAMILY FEUD
with Bob Barker and "Barkers Beauties" from "The Price Is Right" versus the
stars from "The Young And The Restless" at 11:00 and 11:30 PM. Watch Bob,
Rod Roddy and "The Price Is Right" models bank money for their favorite
charity in these 1991 episodes hosted by Ray Combs.
Saturday, May 19 at 7:00 PM GSN presents GAME SHOW COUNTDOWN: TOP 10
HOSTS. Tune-in to see how Bob Barker stacks up against his game show
colleagues. Rounding-out the Saturday line-up, a classic episode of I'VE
GOT A SECRET at 11:00 PM. Originally airing in 1972, this gem features host
Steve Allen congratulating Barker on the success of his then new game show,
"The Price Is Right," and follows Barker as he strikes up an impromptu
pricing game with the audience. Finally, at 11:30 PM, a rarely-seen 1976
episode of TATTLETALES. Hosted by Barker himself, he trades places with
Bert Convey so that Convey can play the game with other celebrity guests
including Jack and Dolores Narz, and Richard Dawson and Judy Donovan.
Barker, the eighty-three year old host of "The Price Is Right,"
recently announced plans to end his 35-year run as host of the iconic
daytime game show in June. Barker began his game show career in 1956 as
host of "Truth or Consequences," and went on to host "Dream Girl of '67"
and "The Family Game."
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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. Now reaching more than 63 million
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