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Encyclopedia > Pyramid (game show) broadcast history

The television game show Pyramid has been seen on several different networks and in syndication since it first premiered in 1973. In the television industry (as in radio), syndication is the sale of the right to broadcast programs to multiple stations, without going through a broadcast network. ...


Pyramid was created by Bob Stewart. It went through several name changes over the years, with the title originally reflecting the top prize that contestants could win in that particular version. Bob Stewart (1920 - ) is a former American television game show producer. ...

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Basic broadcast rundown

Title Host Network Run
The $10,000 Pyramid Dick Clark CBS,

ABC For other persons named Dick Clark, see Dick Clark (disambiguation). ...

CBS: 03/26/73- 03/29/74,

ABC: 05/06/74- 01/16/76

The $25,000 Pyramid Bill Cullen Syndication (Weekly) 09/09/74- 09/09/79
The $20,000 Pyramid Dick Clark ABC 01/19/76 - 06/27/80
The $50,000 Pyramid Dick Clark Syndication,

NBC William Bill Lawrence Frances Cullen (February 18, 1920 – July 7, 1990), was an Emmy Award-winning American radio and television personality. ... This article is about the television network. ...

Synication: 01/26 - 09/04/81,

NBC: 11/23/81 - 10/19/82 This article is about the television network. ...

The (New) $25,000 Pyramid Dick Clark CBS 09/20/82 - 12/31/87; 04/04 - 07/01/88
The $100,000 Pyramid Dick Clark Syndication 09/09/85 - 09/02/88
The (New) $100,000 Pyramid John Davidson Syndication 01/07/91 - 03/06/92
Pyramid Donny Osmond Syndication 09/16/02 - 09/10/04

John Davidson in 1990. ... Donald Clark Donny Osmond (born December 9, 1957) is an American entertainer. ...

The $10,000 and $20,000 Pyramids: 1973-1980

The show debuted as The $10,000 Pyramid on March 26, 1973 on CBS at 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time/9:30 a.m. Central, replacing, via a scheduling shuffle with the smash hit The Price Is Right, the soap opera Love is a Many Splendored Thing. It ran there for a year, the first nine months of which facing NBC's Baffle, winning the ratings handily. However, in January, NBC placed the decade-old game Jeopardy! against it (after a lengthy run at Noon/11 a.m. Central), and some of that legendary quiz's enthusiasts followed it there, causing Pyramid to slip (ABC did not begin daytime programming until 11:30/10:30, and therefore was not a factor). In what some critics in hindsight termed a panic on CBS' part, the network dropped the show on March 29, 1974, with several unaired episodes leftover. A new Goodson-Todman game, Now You See It, replaced Pyramid the following Monday. March 26 is the 85th day of the year (86th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ... This article is about the broadcast network. ... The Eastern Standard Time Zone is a geographic region that keeps time by subtracting five hours from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). ...  CST or UTC-6 The Central Standard Time Zone (CST) is a geographic region in the Americas that keeps time by subtracting six hours from UTC (UTC-6). ... The Price Is Rights US 36th season logo. ... The first TIME cover devoted to soap operas: Dated January 12, 1976, Bill Hayes and Susan Seaforth Hayes of Days of our Lives are featured with the headline Soap Operas: Sex and suffering in the afternoon. A soap opera is an ongoing, episodic work of fiction, usually broadcast on television... Love is a Many Splendored Thing was a soap opera which aired on CBS from September 18, 1967 to March 23, 1973. ... This article is about the television network. ... PDQ was an American television game show created by Heatter-Quigley Productions, which aired from 1966 to 1969. ... “Jeopardy” redirects here. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... is the 88th day of the year (89th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ... Mark Goodson (January 14, 1915 – December 18, 1992) was an American television producer born in Sacramento, California. ... Now You See It was an American television game show where contestants tried to find words that were hidden within a jumble of letters. ...


However, ABC, looking to bolster its assortment of daytime games, saw the show as a potential performer, and with Dick Clark's built-in name recognition for his many years at the helm of the network's American Bandstand, took advantage of CBS' misstep by acquiring the rights to Pyramid almost instantly, bringing the show back on May 6, 1974, just five weeks after CBS aired it for the last time. ABC's action on Pyramid was similar to its acquisition of Let's Make a Deal from NBC five and a half years earlier. Further, much like Password (another Bob Stewart creation) three years earlier, the network assigned it to 4/3 p.m. (replacing half-hour edited reruns of the comedy anthology Love, American Style), where it made headway, not just in ratings but in affiliate clearances, against Tattletales on CBS and the soap Somerset on NBC. However, the show aired in varied morning timeslots on ABC affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, as it had on CBS, enabling it to compete against the other two networks' games quite well, an unusual occurrence for shows airing outside their intended network schedules. Dick Clark, host of American Bandstand American Bandstand was a long-running dance music television show that aired in various versions from 1952 to 1989. ... is the 126th day of the year (127th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ... Lets Make a Deal is a television game show which aired in various encarnations in the United States. ... A password is a form of secret authentication data that is used to control access to a resource. ... Opening theme of Love American Style Love, American Style was an hour-long television anthology which originally aired between September 1969 and January 1974. ... Tattletales was a game show which first aired on the CBS daytime schedule on February 18, 1974. ... Somerset (sometimes called Another World: Somerset) was a soap opera which ran on NBC from March 30, 1970 until December 31, 1976. ... This article is about the television network. ... PST is UTC-8, highlighted in red. ...


The day before Christmas Eve, ABC relocated Pyramid to the old timeslot of The Newlywed Game, 2/1 p.m., and there it would become, for three consecutive seasons, the third highest-rated game show on network daytime television (behind Hollywood Squares and Match Game). This was a remarkable achievement, given the strength of the competition: NBC's Days of Our Lives and CBS' Guiding Light and later As the World Turns, all three of which were highly popular serials. A new game, Money Maze, replaced Pyramid at 4/3 but did nowhere as well in the ratings; eventually, ABC would place another acquisition from CBS, the floundering soap The Edge of Night, in that slot from December 1975 until handing it back to local stations in December 1984. The Christmas Eve (1904-05), watercolor painting by the Swedish painter Carl Larsson (1853-1919) Christmas Eve, the evening of December 24th, the preceding day or vigil before Christmas Day, is treated to a greater or a lesser extent in most Christian societies as part of the Christmas season. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Match Game was an American television game show, most often hosted by Gene Rayburn. ... Days of our Lives is an American soap opera, which has aired nearly every weekday since November 8, 1965[2] on the NBC network in the United States, and has since been syndicated to many countries around the world. ... Guiding Light (known as The Guiding Light prior to 1975, GL) is an American television program credited by the Guinness Book of World Records as being the longest-running soap opera in production and the longest running drama in television history. ... As the World Turns (ATWT) is the second longest-running American television soap opera (the first being Guiding Light),[1] airing each weekday on CBS. Set in the fictional town of Oakdale, Illinois, the show debuted on Monday, April 2, 1956[2] at 1:30pm. ... (The) Money Maze was an American television game show seen on ABC in 1974 and 1975. ... The Edge of Night was a long-running American television soap opera. ... Look up December in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Look up December in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... This article is about the year. ...


Reflecting the doubling of the top Winner's Circle award, on January 19, 1976, the show was renamed The $20,000 Pyramid. After being displaced by the expansion of the soap One Life to Live to a full hour (2-3/1-2 p.m.), the show moved to Noon/11 a.m. (Central & Pacific) on January 16, 1978 for the rest of its ABC run. is the 19th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1976 Pick up sticks(MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... One Life to Live (OLTL) is an American soap opera which has been broadcast on the ABC television network since July 15, 1968. ... is the 16th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ...


By 1980, The $20,000 Pyramid was the last remaining network daytime game show among the three commercial broadcast networks then to be produced and videotaped in New York City. It was ABC's last game show to be recorded there until 1999, when that network introduced Who Wants to Be a Millionaire onto its primetime schedule. ABC's daytime version, which had faced increasingly hard competition from the soap The Young and the Restless (which coincidentally debuted on the same day as Pyramid in 1973 and is also owned by Sony currently) on CBS, ended its run on June 27, 1980; Family Feud took over the timeslot the following Monday. A total of 1,808 episodes aired on both CBS and ABC during Pyramid's first seven years. New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... In the United States, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (also known simply as Millionaire) is a television game show which offers a maximum prize of $1,000,000 (originally lump sum; now annuitized) for correctly answering 15 successive multiple-choice questions of increasing difficulty. ... For other uses, see Young and Restless. ... Sony Corporation ) is a Japanese multinational corporation and one of the worlds largest media conglomerates with revenue of $66. ... is the 178th day of the year (179th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... This article is about the American game show. ...


The $25,000 Pyramid: 1974-1979

A weekly nighttime syndicated version called The $25,000 Pyramid, hosted by Bill Cullen, ran from September 9, 1974 to September 9, 1979. This edition was originally sold and distributed by Viacom, and aired on individual stations in various markets, on different days of the week (known in the trade as "bicycling" videotapes). In New York City, the show was first seen on CBS' flagship station, WCBS-TV, on Thursday, September 12, 1974, with an episode featuring Anne Meara and William Shatner. In the television industry (as in radio), syndication is the sale of the right to broadcast programs to multiple stations, without going through a broadcast network. ... William Bill Lawrence Frances Cullen (February 18, 1920 – July 7, 1990), was an Emmy Award-winning American radio and television personality. ... is the 252nd day of the year (253rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ... is the 252nd day of the year (253rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... Viacom (NYSE: VIA) (NYSE: VIAb) is an American media conglomerate with various worldwide interests in cable and satellite television networks (MTV Networks and BET), and movie production and distribution (the Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks movie studios). ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... WCBS-TV, channel 2, is the flagship station of the CBS television network, located in New York City. ... is the 255th day of the year (256th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ... Anne Meara (born September 20, 1929) is an American comedian and actress. ... William Alan Shatner (born on March 22, 1931) is a Canadian actor who gained fame for playing James Tiberius Kirk of the USS Enterprise in the television show Star Trek from 1966 to 1969 and in seven of the subsequent movies. ...


In most of the U.S., a majority of stations carried the syndicated The $25,000 Pyramid as one of a variety of many different programs every night of the week in one of the available timeslots created by the 1971 FCC Prime Time Access Rule. Usually, the slots were one of two half-hour slots between 7-8 p.m. in the Eastern and Pacific time zones and 6:30-7 p.m. in the Central Time Zone (Mountain Time Zone stations' practices varied). Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar. ... FCC redirects here. ... The Prime Time Access Rule (PTAR) was instituted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to restrict the amount of network programming that local television stations owned by or affiliated with a network may air during prime time. The first PTAR was issued in 1970 and was implemented at the beginning... Metronome, a public art installation showing the time in New York City The Eastern Time Zone (ET) of the Western Hemisphere falls mostly along the east coast of Northern America and the west coast of South America. ... PST is UTC-8, highlighted in red. ...  CST or UTC-6 The Central Time Zone observes standard time by subtracting six hours from UTC during standard time (UTC-6) and five hours during daylight saving time (UTC-5). ... Mountain Standard Time (MST) is UTC-7, Mountain Daylight Time (MDT) is UTC-6 The Mountain Time Zone of North America keeps time by subtracting seven hours from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC-7) during the shortest days of autumn and winter, and by subtracting six hours during daylight saving time...


Junior Pyramids: 1979

A special week of five shows with celebrity adult-children contestant teams, featuring Susan Richardson and Jimmy Baio, aired between Monday, July 9 and Friday, July 13, 1979 on ABC under the title The Junior Pyramid. A network primetime celebrity half hour special, The All-Star Junior Pyramid, aired on ABC on Sunday, September 2, 1979 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern. It featured Susan Richardson and Tony Danza playing the game for charity with young actors/actresses from the new ABC shows debuting in the fall of that year (including Rob Lowe). Susan Richardson Susan Richardson (born March 11, 1952 in Coatesville, Pennsylvania) is an American actress, best known for her role as Susan Bradford on the television series Eight is Enough, which she played from 1977 to 1981. ... Jimmy Baio (born March 15, 1962 in Brooklyn, New York, USA) is an American actor. ... is the 190th day of the year (191st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 194th day of the year (195th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... is the 245th day of the year (246th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... Susan Richardson Susan Richardson (born March 11, 1952 in Coatesville, Pennsylvania) is an American actress, best known for her role as Susan Bradford on the television series Eight is Enough, which she played from 1977 to 1981. ... Tony Danza. ... Robert Hepler Lowe (born March 17, 1964) is an American actor. ...


That broadcast's ratings success led to the daytime version briefly adopting a full-time Junior Partner Pyramid format featuring civilian adult-children teams between Monday, October 1 and Friday, November 9, 1979; this was the only time in Pyramid's history that no celebrities were featured. A special Celebrity Junior Pyramid week followed afterward with celebrity guests Susan Richardson, LeVar Burton and Michael McKean, but beginning with the Monday, November 19, 1979 telecast, the daytime show reverted to the original celebrity-adult contestant format. is the 274th day of the year (275th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 313th day of the year (314th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... Susan Richardson Susan Richardson (born March 11, 1952 in Coatesville, Pennsylvania) is an American actress, best known for her role as Susan Bradford on the television series Eight is Enough, which she played from 1977 to 1981. ... Levardis Robert Martyn Burton Jr. ... Michael McKean (born October 17, 1947) is an American actor, comedian, composer and musician, best known for his portrayal of Leonard Lenny Kosnowski on the sitcom Laverne and Shirley; as one of the members of Spinal Tap; as a Saturday Night Live cast member; and for other various appearances in... is the 323rd day of the year (324th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ...


The $50,000 Pyramid: 1981

CPM, Inc., a Chicago-based syndicator, distributed a short-lived syndicated revival known as The $50,000 Pyramid, which employed a complicated tournament format, and aired in daily syndication from January 26 to September 4, 1981, with Clark hosting. Afterward, episodes from that version were acquired by the CBN Cable channel, currently known as ABC Family, and aired as repeats during 1982. Nickname: Motto: Urbs in Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in the Chicago metro area and Illinois Coordinates: , Country State Counties Cook, DuPage Settled 1770s Incorporated March 4, 1837 Government  - Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area  - City  234. ... is the 26th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 247th day of the year (248th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... The Christian Broadcasting Network, or CBN, is, as its name implies, a Christian television broadcasting network in the United States. ... ABC Family is an American cable television network currently owned by Disney-ABC Television Group, a division of The Walt Disney Company. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ...


This marked the final national television game show to be recorded in New York City for 18 years. Pyramid first taped in 1973-1974 at the Ed Sullivan Theater (CBS-TV Studio 50), moving to the Elysee Theatre (ABC TV-15) when the show switched networks. The only exception was a few weeks in fall 1973, when CBS taped episodes at its Television City studios in Los Angeles. With Pyramid and To Tell the Truth gone after 1981, only cable networks produced game shows (such as MTV's Remote Control) in New York, until Who Wants to Be a Millionaire debuted in 1999. Ed Sullivan. ... “Television City” redirects here. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... This article is about the original U.S. music television channel. ... Remote Control is a TV game show that ran on MTV for five seasons from 1987 until 1990. ... In the United States, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (also known simply as Millionaire) is a television game show which offers a maximum prize of $1,000,000 (originally lump sum; now annuitized) for correctly answering 15 successive multiple-choice questions of increasing difficulty. ...


The (New) $25,000 Pyramid: 1982-1988

Even though The $50,000 Pyramid did not catch on the previous year, CBS decided to rectify what had been an egregious mistake eight years earlier, bringing the show back onto its morning schedule in first-run production with new episodes as The $25,000 Pyramid on September 20, 1982. Beginning with this version, Pyramid would take place in Los Angeles from this point forward. Once again, Dick Clark took the reins. is the 263rd day of the year (264th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ...


CBS placed the show at 10 Eastern/9 Central, replacing reruns of the sitcom One Day At A Time. Within a few weeks of its return, CBS and Stewart retitled the show The New $25,000 Pyramid for (as host Clark explained on-air once) the benefit of viewers who thought the new series was actually reruns of an earlier one (despite the new set, music, etc). Further, it served to separate this version from reruns of the Cullen version still airing on some independent stations three years after ceasing production. The "New" was eventually dropped from the title on the January 28, 1985 episode (#608). This article is about a genre of comedy. ... One Day at a Time is a long-running American situation comedy that portrayed a divorced mother, played by Bonnie Franklin, her two teenage daughters (Mackenzie Phillips and Valerie Bertinelli and their building superintendent (Pat Harrington, Jr. ... is the 28th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ...


The show was the first successful accompaniment (along with Child's Play, Press Your Luck, and Card Sharks) to The Price Is Right since Gambit was cancelled in 1976. The CBS daytime version remained at 10/9 throughout its six-year run, except for a three-month hiatus in early 1988. Not only did Pyramid easily defeat sitcom reruns on NBC (the network only attempted two short-lived games against it, both in 1985; one was in fact packaged by Stewart's son Sande, Your Number's Up), but it brought some CBS affiliates back into the fold who had been preempting the 10-11/9-10 hour for syndicated talk shows such as Donahue for the past several years. Childs Play was an American television game show where adult contestants tried to guess words based on definitions given by children. ... Press Your Luck is an American television daytime game show originally broadcast on CBS from 1983 to 1986 where contestants collected spins by answering trivia questions, and then used the spins on an 18-space gameboard full of cash and prizes. ... Card Sharks was an American television game show in which contestants guessed whether a playing card was higher or lower than the card that preceded it. ... The Price Is Rights US 36th season logo. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Your Numbers Up was a game show that aired on NBC from September 23, 1985 to December 20, 1985. ... Donahue is a surname of Irish origin. ...


The updated Pyramid ran on CBS until December 31 (New Year's Eve), 1987, but viewer demand prompted CBS to bring the show back to its daytime schedule on April 4, 1988, after the game show Blackout failed in Pyramid's time slot. Pyramid only lasted until July 1, 1988, however, giving way to the new version of Family Feud the following Monday (marking the second time in daytime network television history Feud has replaced a cancelled Pyramid) is the 365th day of the year (366th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For other articles with similar names, see New Year (disambiguation). ... is the 94th day of the year (95th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... Blackout was an American game show that aired on CBS for 13 weeks, from January 4 to April 1, 1988. ... is the 182nd day of the year (183rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... This article is about the American game show. ...


The $100,000 Pyramid: 1985-1988

During the updated Pyramid run on CBS, a second weekday version also aired in late-afternoon or nighttime syndication as The $100,000 Pyramid, from September 9, 1985 to September 2, 1988, also taped at CBS Television City and hosted by Clark. The gameplay was identical to the daytime version, except the three players achieving the fastest winning times in the Winner's Circle returned to play in a tournament for an additional $100,000. The tournament took place about every six weeks. This version was distributed by 20th Century Fox Television; it managed modest success against a glut of first-run syndicated games at the time. Image File history File links The_$100,000_Pyramid. ... is the 252nd day of the year (253rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... is the 245th day of the year (246th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... “Television City” redirects here. ... 20th Century Fox Television is the television production division of the 20th Century Fox movie studio, a subsidiary of News Corporation. ...


At the conclusion of this version's run, Clark retired from the show and did not appear again on it until the 2002-2004 revival (see below), as a celebrity player.


The (New) $100,000 Pyramid: 1991

Pyramid returned to syndication again, from January 7 to December 6, 1991 as The $100,000 Pyramid, taped on the same Television City set as the 1980s versions, but with John Davidson hosting. Reruns of the Davidson version continued airing into the following year, until March 6, 1992. This version was at first distributed by Carolco Pictures's distribution arm, Orbis Communications. Midway through the run, Stewart changed syndicators, moving the show to Multimedia Entertainment. Unlike the previous version of The $100,000 Pyramid some years earlier, this latest update faced a programming market where games had gone almost entirely out of favor, except for Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy. Stations that did air it tended to place it in non-peak hours such as mid-afternoons or late nights, and thus gave it little or no promotion. is the 7th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... December 6 is the 340th day of the year (341st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... John Davidson in 1990. ... is the 65th day of the year (66th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... The classic 1988 Carolco Pictures logo. ... The Multimedia Entertainment logo from 1992-1997. ... Wheel of Fortune may refer to: Wheel of Fortune (US game show), the US nighttime version. ...


Pyramid: 2002-2004

The new Pyramid version hosted by Donny Osmond.

After a decade's absence from television screens, in fall 2002 Pyramid — without any dollar amount in the title — returned in syndication, with veteran entertainer Donny Osmond hosting. Although the show was reasonably successful (decidedly more so than the Davidson version), Sony Pictures (which bought the format from Stewart upon his retirement) did not renew the show after two seasons. Some of the scheduling problems that plagued the Davidson version afflicted the Osmond one, but, more importantly, the proliferation of cable networks and exponentially increasing viewer choices made Pyramid by then rather obscure. This was especially so given the fact that stations largely placed it in midday slots, where the traditional broadcast and cable outlets fought for smaller slices of an audience pie than was the case in the game's network heyday. Not surprisingly, the game failed to gain a foothold in the American consciousness like the earlier versions had. Pyramid was the latest in several attempts over the years made by Sony (and predecessor companies) to add another hit show to its tandem of Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy. Image File history File links New_Pyramid. ... Image File history File links New_Pyramid. ... Donald Clark Donny Osmond (born December 9, 1957) is an American entertainer. ... Donald Clark Donny Osmond (born December 9, 1957) is an American entertainer. ...


The ABC Family cable network aired one episode weekly on Friday mornings only at 9:00am Eastern from October 4, 2002 through September 24, 2004. The i network (formerly PAX) then began airing reruns of the show from October 4, 2004 to February 17, 2006. ABC Family is an American cable television network currently owned by Disney-ABC Television Group, a division of The Walt Disney Company. ... is the 277th day of the year (278th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... is the 267th day of the year (268th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... . The initial letter is shown capitalized due to technical restrictions. ... is the 277th day of the year (278th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 48th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Themes and sets

The theme music used on the versions between 1973 and 1981 was "Tuning Up," composed by Ken Aldin. The original set built for the CBS version, at the time unusually large for a game show, was created by its in-house network scenic designer Jim Ryan, while the replica set made and constructed for the ABC daytime and 1970s syndicated versions (necessitated because of union refusals to grant permission for transport out of the Ed Sullivan Theater), copying much of Ryan's basic design at a cost of approximately $80,000, was co-credited to Dick Bernstein. A union (labor union in American English; trade union, sometimes trades union, in British English; either labour union or trade union in Canadian English) is a legal entity consisting of employees or workers having a common interest, such as all the assembly workers for one employer, or all the workers... Ed Sullivan. ...


In the original 1973 pilot and shortly before production began on the series, the large pyramid behind the Winner's Circle featured 10 boxes. When CBS and Stewart realized that such a feat as providing 10 categories in 60 seconds was practically impossible, they reduced the number to six, but had no time to have another pyramid built. Instead, workers nailed a piece of plywood to cover the bottom row of categories, painting it in order to match the main color of the board in order for it not to show. The participants sitting in the circle during the bonus game helped to conceal it also. Further, the wide-angle shot of the set during the show's intro was zoomed out as far as possible, to make it inconspicuous from that perspective. The reconstruction at ABC solved this problem.


From 1973 to the mid-1976 season, the set had a mainly orange theme (contestant podiums, main game pyramid) with blue and black accents (winner's circle pyramid box graphics). After the transition from The $10,000 Pyramid to The $20,000 Pyramid, the set was revamped to have a mostly blue theme with gray and gold accents. Anything that was colored orange was turned blue, anything blue was turned gray, and anything black was turned gold. (These changes were also evident on the nighttime $25,000 Pyramid.) Additionally, the host's podium was given the name of show being taped (The $20,000 Pyramid for the network version, The $25,000 Pyramid for the syndicated nighttime version). However, it was until 1977 when the area behind the pyramid became blue (it remained orange prior to the change).


In early 1979, however, another set change was made after the cancellation of the syndicated Pyramid. Aluminum edges around the contestant monitors were removed while the podiums themselves were changed to a darker blue, the main floor was changed to a white tiled floor from the previous gray carpeting, and the raised surface where the contestant podiums were changed to an orange and black "zigzag pattern" carpet. Dick Clark's podium was replaced with a fiberglass "winged" podium that had The $20,000 Pyramid in a gray pyramid shape. The main game pyramid was also changed to use trilons instead of the pull cards that were used beforehand to bear more resemblance to the end game pyramid. When The $50,000 Pyramid debuted in 1981, the same set was reused without any changes.


On-screen graphics also varied from version to version. The CBS version of The $10,000 Pyramid used a slower, yet larger split-panel clock, and the on-screen text was colored black, with the exception of some early shows that used an ASCII computer-style font (similar to the ABC version of Password). When the show moved to ABC, the on-screen text remained in the Helvetica font, yet was now colored white. The clock was also changed to a smaller, faster flipping split-panel display. It remained that way until 1979, where the graphics stayed the same, yet were now given a black border around the chroma-key. Starting with The $50,000 Pyramid, chroma-keyed items were limited to the clock displays and the title card, with CGI text replacing the usual on-screen text during main game rounds, credits, and flashing scores during end game wins (in the usual Helvetica font). This continued into the CBS daytime version (although using a new serif font) until 1985, when the title card was adapted into the CGI system. Although Password can be played without any equipment, commercial versions of the game have also been successful. ... This article is about the typeface Helvetica. ... In typography, serifs are non-structural details on the ends of some of the strokes that make up letters and symbols. ...


The new set for the 1982-1992 runs was created by veteran designer Ed Flesh, but the show did list, in its long closing credits, original set designer Ryan, who was responsible for the 1970s New York set. The music used on these versions was a new version of "Tuning Up," orchestrated by Bob Cobert, who had composed several other themes for Stewart shows.


The 2002-2004 version used a set with the same layout but updated for the 21st century, with video screens replacing the trilons completely. The theme bore no resemblance to either version of "Tuning Up."


Pyramid reruns

Reruns aired on the USA Network from October 17, 1988 to September 8, 1995 before GSN acquired the rights to Pyramid reruns in 1997, which it has held since (though all they were allowed to air, was one season of The $100,000 Pyramid which is not on the schedule for now). CBS did broadcast two repeat episodes, one each on December 24 (Christmas Eve) and December 31 (New Year's Eve), 1993, originally from January 1983 featuring Lynn Redgrave and Billy Crystal, during the same period as the reruns being shown on the USA Network. Rerun van Pelt is the name of Linus and Lucys younger brother in the comic strip Peanuts. ... USA Network is a popular American cable television network with about 89 million household subscribers as of 2005. ... is the 290th day of the year (291st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 251st day of the year (252nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... “GSN” redirects here. ... is the 358th day of the year (359th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The Christmas Eve (1904-05), watercolor painting by the Swedish painter Carl Larsson (1853-1919) Christmas Eve, the evening of December 24th, the preceding day or vigil before Christmas Day, is treated to a greater or a lesser extent in most Christian societies as part of the Christmas season. ... is the 365th day of the year (366th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Lynn Rachel Redgrave OBE (born 8 March 1943 in London) is an English actress born into the famous acting Redgrave family. ... For the American political commentator, see William Kristol. ... USA Network is a popular American cable television network with about 89 million household subscribers as of 2005. ...


Trivia

  • The $10,000 Pyramid debuted on the same day as the long-running soap The Young and the Restless and the short-lived Jack Barry game show Hollywood's Talking, hosted by Geoff Edwards. Edwards himself would later host several Stewart-packaged shows.
  • Despite NBC being the network where most of Stewart's creations/productions have aired over the years, Pyramid has never aired on that network. It became only his second show to run on CBS (after the primetime The Face Is Familiar in 1967) and the first daytime one, and the first-ever game of his that ABC carried.
  • During the ABC years, the network had Clark plug his Saturday American Bandstand at the close of Friday episodes. Likewise, at the close of Bandstand each week, Clark invited viewers to tune in Pyramid on Monday.

 
 

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