Everything old is new again -- at least when it comes to television. So the news that a revamped version of the game show "Pyramid" -- which first hit the airwaves in 1973 -- could be replacing the canceled soap "As the World Turns" on CBS comes as no surprise.
Last year, the classic game show was in the running to replace the axed soap "Guiding Light" but Eye execs instead went with another 1970s game show staple -- "Let's Make A Deal." The success of the new edition of that show, with Emmy champ Wayne Brady as host, has inspired CBS to try its luck again.
In one of those ironies of the TV biz, the Dick Clark-produced game show was canceled by CBS after the first season, only to be resurrected by ABC and flourish. The "$10,000 Pyramid," as it was called back then, ruled as the top-rated game show on the air for three consecutive seasons.
During its second season on ABC, the show doubled the jackpot, and the renamed "$20,000 Pyramid" won a Daytime Emmy as best game show. This incarnation would win the top Emmy twice more, tying with "The Hollywood Squares" in 1980 and winning for its final season on ABC in 1981.
After one season in syndication as the more generous "$50,000 Pyramid," the show returned to CBS in 1982 as the "$25,000 Pyramid" and ran till 1988, winning the Emmy five years in a row (1983-1987) and then again in 1989 for its final season on CBS. The following year, "Jeopardy" began a six-year winning streak and to date has earned a record 11 Emmys as best game show.
Dick Clark won three of his 10 Emmy bids for hosting in 1979, 1985 and 1986. The short-lived "$100,000 Pyramid" of 1991, emceed by John Davidson, as well as the Donny Osmond version of "Pyramid," which ran from 2002 to 2004, failed to impress Emmy voters.
Photo: Dick Clark on the set of "The $10,000 Pyramid." Credit: CBS