ABC is doubling down on its game-show revival business, adding both Card Sharks and Press Your Luck to its roster of retro redos, where they will join Match Game, $100,000 Pyramid, (Celebrity) Family Feud and To Tell the Truth. (Judging by The Gong Show‘s absence from ABC’s press site, I’d say it got gonged.)
Pre-production on hour-long episodes is underway, with an eye on spring premiere dates, Vulture reports.
Card Sharks debuted in 1978 with Jim Perry as host, inviting contestants to guess audience survey results on a variety of topics, for a chance to flip oversized playing cards on the big board. There, they would guess if the next card would be higher or lower, or “freeze” their play if things get iffy. And I swear to God, if the new version foregoes physical playing cards for Wheel of Fortune-like video screens, we riot.
The most recent regular Card Sharks revival, hosted by Pat Bullard, aired in September 2001.
Press Your Luck first aired in 1983, with Peter Tomarken as host. Three contestants would answer trivia questions to amass “spins” on the Big Board. But if their spin landed on the dreaded Whammy versus a dollar value/prize, they risked losing all winnings. Per Vulture, the revival will add a bonus round where one player goes head-to-head with the Whammy for a chance to win a “fortune.”
Among its previous revivals, a version titled Whammy! The All-New Press Your Luck premiered in 2002.