So says GSN, which is presenting the new version in April. I find it hard to believe she will achieve the sort of understated snark that Bob Eubanks had. (Eubanks was a big reason why I liked "Newlywed" better than the blander "Dating" game; about the only fun on the latter was seeing the looks of disappointment from people when they met their dates. But it may be interesting to see the "Goldyweds" segment, with contestants from the old show coming back. Detailed announcement after the jump.
GSN announced today that Carnie Wilson will make her game show host debut on the new, modernized version of the iconic show, THE NEWLYWED GAME, which premieres April 6, 2009 at 6PM/5PM C. The highly-anticipated 40-episode series will include an updated set and an all-new bonus round where the winning couple challenges a “Goldywed couple” (a couple that appeared on an original episode from the 1960s through 1990s series who have remained married ever since).
Best known for her music career with the pop group “Wilson Phillips,” Wilson has also been featured on shows including, VH1’s “Celebrity Fit Club,” CMT’s “Gone Country,” “That 70’s Show,” “Entertainment Tonight” and “GSN LIVE.” Wilson, who also recently appeared on an episode of Oprah’s “Best Life Series” is excited to make her game show host debut and said, “I am absolutely delighted to be the new host of THE NEWLYWED GAME. I’m a huge fan of the show and watched back in the day…I’m basically obsessed with the show. This is going to be an absolute blast. It’s a special show that stands alone as one of a kind and I’m proud to be a part of it.”
“We are thrilled to have Carnie on board to host THE NEWLYWED GAME. Her comic perspective and candid approach will help us strike just the right tone for this show,” said Kelly Goode, Senior Vice President of Programming, GSN. “Additionally, her personal understanding of the dynamics of modern relationships makes her the perfect fit to host this fresh revival of the classic show.”
The modern installment of the classic series will showcase three newly-married couples of wide-ranging backgrounds, facing off in a series of question rounds, with each spouse attempting to guess the other’s answers to questions ranging from the first time they met to the last time they made whoopie. At the end of the game, the couple with the most correct matches is declared the winner and goes on to challenge the “Goldywed couple” for the chance to win an exciting prize.
Executive Producer Michael Davies (“Who Wants to Be a Millionaire”) added, “The whole team at Embassy Row could not be more excited to be working with GSN and Carnie Wilson on the restoration of this classic television program. THE NEWLYWED GAME is one of the jewels of Sony Pictures Television’s phenomenal format library and I think that we have both modernized and protected the integrity of this classic title.”
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