Alec Baldwin to Host ‘Match Game’ Revival
“‘Match Game’ is one of the crown jewels in our portfolio, and we’re thrilled to be bringing it to viewers in primetime,” said FremantleMedia North America co-CEO Jennifer Mullin. “The team at ABC continues to be a terrific partner for us as we expand our game show slate, and with the charismatic and quick-witted Alec Baldwin as our host, ‘Match Game’ has all the right elements to be a fun and entertaining summer staple.”
Mullin and Baldwin will c0-produce the show.
Baldwin is just as excited to participate in the revival of the legendary show.
— ABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) April 28, 2016
“I am beyond grateful to ABC and FremantleMedia for the chance to host a summer series of the legendary ‘Match Game,'” said Baldwin.
The show first aired in 1962 on channel NBC with host Gene Rayburn. The format of the game is that two contestants would match the answers of the six celebrity panelists to fill-in-the-blank statements.
The Saturday Night Live alum is reportedly receiving a pretty penny for his role, which he plans to donate to charity.
“Hilaria and I are thrilled to donate this fee to arts-related charities. And we look forward to having a lot of fun,” said the Golden Globe winner.
The show consists of 10 one-hour episodes and is taped in New York City. It is scheduled to premiere June 26 and will air on Sundays at 10 PM.
Sundays will be a game show-filled night for the ABC network. “Celebrity Family Feud” hosted by Steve Harvey and “The $100,000 Pyramid” with Michael Strahan as host will air as well.