GSN Revives “Lingo”, Hosted By Bill Engvall
GSN’s highest rated original ever is getting brought back from the grave for a third time. Lingo, the hugely popular word guessing game, is coming back to GSN for a sixth season in June 2011. 40 episodes will be filmed. Lingo will now be from Zoo Productions, who is behind shows like Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?. Lingo was originally done by The Gurin Company. The new host of Lingo will be popular actor and comedian Bill Engvall. Engvall previously hosted the ABC pilot Trust Me, I’m A Game Show Host. Engvall’s co-host has not been announced yet.
For those keeping track, this is the third time GSN has un-canceled the show. The show began with Game Show Network in 2002 with host Chuck Woolery, taped on the Dutch set. They moved to America for the second season. In the third season, the show added a hostess, Stacey Hayes. The fourth and fifth season brought in popular co-host Shandi Finnessey, and the show ended production in 2007.
This new season will stay true to the show’s original game. Contestants have to guess a mystery five-letter word in five guesses. A correct guess lets teams take off numbers from a bingo-style board. The winning team guesses words for two more minutes and tries to get one more Lingo for the grand prize for even higher stakes. On the GSN version, season one gave the team a prize package. Season two through five gave teams $5,000 for a Lingo, plus an extra bonus for getting a Lingo on the first pull.
“Bill Engvall’s humor is a great fit for our audience,” says Kelly Goode, SVP, Programming for GSN. “We look forward to his joining our first-class line-up of talent.”
“I look forward to the new challenge of hosting a game show,” says Engvall. “I have lots of experience yelling answers at a TV set, and will certainly bring that expertise to my new role as host of LINGO.”