'As the World Turns': Will CBS replace it with 'Pyramid'?

100000-pyramidImage Credit: Everett CollectionCBS has yet to announce how it will fill the void in daytime once As the World Turns ends its 54-year run in September, but it’s looking more likely that the network will go with a game show. There was early speculation that CBS could pick up a CBS/Paramount-produced talk show hosted by Valerie Bertinelli, but a new version of Pyramid appears to be a safer bet (a syndicated talk show for Bertinelli remains in development at the network’s sister studio.)

The network confirmed that it plans to shoot a new pilot for Pyramid, which was originally considered as a replacement for Guiding Light until the network decided to go with a redux of Let’s Make a Deal instead. The project from Sony will be exec produced by Michael Davies (Who Wants to Be A Millionaire).

Rumor has it the eye may also shoot a pilot for Password, which first aired in 1961 and was hosted by Allen Ludden. CBS launched a prime time version dubbed Million Dollar Password that was hosted by Regis Philbin in June 2008; it attracted 10.69 million viewers. Still, that remake was yanked after a second, abbreviated season. CBS wouldn’t comment.

Replacing a pricey soap opera with a cheaper game show certainly wasn’t a bad idea for CBS, despite raising the ire of rabid soap fans who fear the death of the genre. Let’s Make a Deal hosted by Wayne Brady is averaging 2.43 million viewers, up 12 percent from what Guiding Light was attracting. The game show has also posted gains among women 18-34. CBS is still enjoying success with soap mainstays The Young and the Restless and The Bold and The Beautiful, which rank No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, among total viewers.

For more on CBS daytime:

All My Children creator on cancellation of As the World Turns and The Guiding Light: ‘Could have been saved’

As the World Turns’ exec: ‘We are committed to finding a new home’

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  • gato


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  • dbalcer

    They lost me. I watched GL but don’t watch Let’s Make a Deal even though I like Wayne Brady. I won’t watch Password either. I watch ATWT but when it goes off I won’t watch any CBS daytime TV. Dumb move on CBS’ part.

    • jgrant

      Here’s an idea….how ’bout getting a job? Or perhaps reading a book?

      • gato

        What are you doing on here old holy/busy one??

      • get off your high horse

        @jgrant—–And are you at work reading a book right now??

      • deedee

        Not everyone works from 9-5. Our society works 24 hours a day. When we are asleep, some people are working, and come home to watch some tv in the morning. Duh

      • dbalcer

        I don’t need a job and read quite a voraciously.

    • Kyle

      Why is it a “dumb move”? Uh, did you miss the part of the story that says that “Deal” is getting ratings that are higher than “Guiding Light”, and that it’s cheaper to produce? Only thing “dumb” is your comment. Try to be less dumb. Seriously.

      • dbalcer

        Kyle, Having lived through the whole game show phase the first time, I have seen this happen before. The game show genre losses its luster quickly. How many game shows are still on the air 50 years later? CBS is trying to get a demo that isn’t there and dropping one that it already has.

    • kim

      I agree wholeheartedly. When CBS kicks ATWT to the curb it’s losing me and my family as well!!!!!!!!!

  • me

    i miss the gold ‘ole game show days. bring em on!!

  • Pink Lemonade

    Let Pyramid and Password come on down! I love those games and please let me be on one or both! I can’t say I’m thrilled about Valerie Bertinelli hosting Pyramid but oh well.

    • Melinda65

      No, Valerie Bertinelli isn’t being named as the host–she’s developing a talk show.

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  • Pink Lemonade

    Oh and let’s skip having Donny Osmond host Pyramid again. Nice enough but not the ticket.

  • Jerry

    Million Dollar Password failed because it messed with the formula. Most game shows that fail are LOUD with FAKE DRAMA that wears thin after a few episodes. CBS learned that The Price Is Right can thrive by honouring the original formula. A Pyramid remake — not a re-invention — would be perfect for this time slot.

    • Melinda65

      I tried “Panic Password” but the changed format just wasn’t for me. There’s nothing wrong with the good old Pyramid, and I might tune in if it’s like the show I remember. I dropped watching soaps several years ago after being frustrated/annoyed with plotlines that made my eyes roll, although I’m sad that GL is gone and ATWT will be following soon.

  • Maureen

    There used to be a time when both game shows and soap operas could co-exist on the networks. Those running the networks these days are doing a craptastic job of it. It is the suits themselves where the problems are, quite frankly. They micro-managed the content until they sucked every bit of creativity (and $) out of it just about everything they have put on the air. But it is easier for them to blame the audience and whoever else…other than themselves.

    • bootsycolumbia

      You and I must be of the same generation, because I agree with everything you said. I remember growing up in the 70s and watching game shows like Match Game, Hollywood Squares, Let’s Make a Deal and The Price is Right in the mornings, and soaps in the afternoon. Ahh, I loved being sick when I was a kid. Now, it’s one crappy talk show after another, or one infomercial after another. Sad. I understand the TV universe has changed and production costs have gone way up since I was a kid, but daytime TV was just more fun back then.

  • Tim

    I find it funny that the ratings of Guiding Light’s last year is being compared to Deal. The last year lost a huge share of its audience when they changed to that horrible new filming technique and ditching the studios for those horrible location shoots. The only remaining CBS show that I will be watching is leaving in September.

    • gato

      Great point!

    • Kyle

      Guiding Light was well into decline before the new filming technique. Deal is getting higher ratings than the soap opera got for its last several years. Deal with it.

  • Preston

    They had Donny Osmond host Pyramid from 2003 to 2005 in syndication. The second season’s ratings went down that year and they canceled it. Is the public ready for another version of Pyramid? I think people are more comfortable with the times that Dick Clark hosted Pyramid from the 70s to 1989 and they don’t want anyone to take his place.

    • Matt

      Because all Donny Osmond did on that show was talk about and fawn over himself. Plus, the format of the new show was a mess – 6 clues in 20 seconds instead of 7 in 30 seconds made it nearly impossible for the scores to be reasonable. It was just a bad show. The game itself is genius, and the pyramid round is excellent, so here’s hoping the new program will go back to being more like the original, with a likable host.

  • Preston

    I like Let Make A Deal’s show with Wayne Brady. They stay true to the original format that Monty Hall hosted before. They have a few new games, but stay respectful to the show’s familiar deal making mode.

  • Preston

    My complaint is of many recent game shows with contestants competing for a million dollars. Don’t those shows have enough in their budgets to give that money away? That kind of mentality ruined Deal or No Deal–it would have been on its 5th season on NBC this year, but NBC took it off last year. And even not having a million dollar winner for multiple shows made many lose interest.

  • Katie J

    I clicked on the Pyramid link because I thought it was an article on Battlestar Gallactica.

  • Mike

    “Deal” is just as tired as “GL.” A 12 percent improvement of nothing is still nothing.

  • CiCi

    Bring back MatchGame, but make it the original format not the horrific mess of a remake they tried a few years ago. Those comedians and the 5-panel format killed the show within 5 minutes. How about actually playing the game instead of trying to create an atmosphere for some D-listed comics to tell bad jokes!

    • Matt

      And don’t clean it up! Let the panelists be a little silly and randy. If Two and a Half Men can get away with what it does, and succeed in syndication, there’s no reason why anyone should take any offense at anything like what used to be in the old Match Game. That was the best game show on TV.

  • aa

    wayne brady is doing a great job but i agree that its unfair to compare ratings. guiding light was headed downhill way before it got canceled. atwt on the other hand is still doing fairly well; dr. reed and noah alone keep me interested and there are other good stories being told in oakdale.

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