The rookies 'Press Your Luck' and 'Card Sharks' and four veteran series are all on tap to return in 2020.
ABC is not letting its "Summer Fun and Games" end anytime soon.
The network has renewed all six of its retro game shows for new seasons in 2020. The rookies Press Your Luck and Card Sharks will return for their second seasons, Celebrity Family Feud for its sixth and The $100,000 Pyramid, Match Game and To Tell the Truth for their fifth.
ABC's Wednesday and Sunday game show blocks put up solid ratings during summer. The network finished first or second among adults 18-49 each week the Press Your Luck-Card Sharks-Match Game lineup aired, and the Sunday shows have combined to lead their night in the 18-49 demo for the majority of the summer.
For the summer as a whole, ABC finished tied for first in adults 18-49 with NBC, the first time it has finished in the top spot since 1995.
"Summer has become synonymous with ABC's 'Fun & Games' brand," Rob Mills, senior vp ernative series, specials and late night at ABC, said Wednesday in a statement. "To have these shows return is a testament to their strength, and the excitement and fun they bring each week. These are legit star-studded shows that celebrate everything we love about the spirit of competition. Thanks to them and The Bachelorette, we dominated summer and are doubling down on next year."
Game shows and competitions have proven to be a strong blueprint for ABC in the summer. The strategy in a time when TV usage is down is to make "joinable" shows, executive vp programming strategy Andy Kubitztold The Hollywood Reporter: "If you turn [a show] on in the middle, you can still keep watching. It's fun, it's not too heavy."
ABC earlier renewed the mini-golf competition Holey Moley. The network has not yet made a decision on its other summer originals, the culinary competition Family Food Fight or the scripted drama Reef Break.
The $100,000 Pyramid is produced by SMAC Entertainment in association with Sony Pictures TV. Card Sharks, Celebrity Family Feud, Match Game, Press Your Luck and To Tell the Truth all come from Fremantle.
Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert are to host a major television event to help end COVID-19 airing across NBC, ABC and CBS as well as a number of international networks.
The trio will front One World: Together at Home featuring a slew of A-list stars on Saturday April 18 between 8pm and 10pm. The event, which is curated by Lady Gaga, has been put together by social action platform Global Citizen and the World Health Organization.
It builds on a series of live online concerts, organized by Global Citizen, where stars such as OneRepublic, Coldplay's Chris Martin and John Legend have performed at home.
The global entertainment special will celebrate the efforts of community health workers and promote the fight to end the global pandemic. It will feature multimillion-dollar pledges to the WHO's Solidarity Response Fund.
It will feature appearances by Alanis Morissette, Andrea Bocelli, Billie Eilish and her brother Finneas, Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, Burna Boy, Chris Martin, David Beckham, Eddie Vedder, Elton John, Idris and Sabrina Elba, J Balvin, John Legend, Kacey Musgraves, Keith Urban, Kerry Washington, Lang Lang, Lizzo, Maluma, Paul McCartney, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Shah Rukh Khan, Stevie Wonder and friends of Sesame Street.
It will be produced by The Voice and Songland exec producer Audrey Morrissey and her production company Live Animals in partnership with Global Citizen.
In addition to NBC, ABC and CBS, it will air on BBC One as well as Disney, NBC and Viacom stations around the world. The full list of broadcasters includes Bravo, E!, MSNBC, NBCSN, NBC News, NBC News on YouTube, Peacock, Syfy, USA, ABC News, ABC News Live, Freeform, Nat Geo, Channel 5 in the UK, Network Ten in Australia, and Telefe in Argentina, BET and MTV globally across more than 180 countries, CMT, Comedy Central, Logo, MTV2, Paramount Network, Pop, TV Land and VH1 in the US as well as Bell Media platforms in Canada, MultiChoice, and Ireland's RTE.
It will also stream online via a number of platforms including China's Alibaba, Amazon Prime Video, Apple, Facebook, Hulu, Instagram, LiveXLive, Tencent, Tencent Music Entertainment Group, TIDAL, TuneIn, Twitch, Twitter, Yahoo and YouTube.
Money raised will go to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, run by the UN Foundation, to support and equip healthcare workers around the world, and to local charities that provide food, shelter, and healthcare to those that need it most.