History Series / Pyramid

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''Pyramid'' is a game show format that began on March 26, 1973 as ''The $10,000 Pyramid''. It was created by Creator/BobStewart, also the mind behind ''Series/{{Password}}''. Unlike ''Password'', however, the ''Pyramid'' franchise was largely produced by Stewart himself. It has a format similar to ''Password'' in that a contestant is trying to describe a word to a celebrity partner, but instead of being a one-word clue, the contestant has to give several clues to a set number of words (usually seven) within a time limit, and using virtually any form of verbal clue-giving. Whoever got more points in six rounds moved on to the BonusRound, called the "Winner's Circle", in which the game was essentially reversed. In the Winner's Circle, the clue giver is shown six categories, and has to give a list of objects that fit each category.

The show lasted in several forms in every year from 1973 to 1988, generally increasing the dollar amount in the title with each new version. What started as $10,000 became $20,000, $25,000, $50,000, and even $100,000 over time. Creator/DickClark hosted most of the 197388 versions, except for the original ''$25,000'' version which was hosted from 1974-79 by Creator/BillCullen. A ''$100,000'' revival was syndicated in 1991 with John Davidson as host. After failed pilots during the 1996-2000 period (one of which, ''Pyramid Rocks'', had a rock music theme), the show returned from 2002 to 2004 as just ''Pyramid'', with Donny Osmond as host. (For this reason, it's more commonly known as ''[[FanNickname Donnymid]]''.) This new version introduced several rule changes that many fans of the show disliked, lax writing and judging, often-clueless celebrities, and a [[NoIndoorVoice hyperactive]] host.

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''Pyramid'' is a game show format that began on March 26, 1973 as ''The $10,000 Pyramid''. It was created by Creator/BobStewart, also the mind behind ''Series/{{Password}}''. Unlike ''Password'', however, the ''Pyramid'' franchise was largely produced by Stewart himself.himself (with assistance from son Sande in the 1980s). It has a format similar to ''Password'' in that a contestant is trying to describe a word to a celebrity partner, but instead of being a one-word clue, the contestant has to give several clues to a set number of words (usually seven) within a time limit, and using virtually any form of verbal clue-giving. Whoever got more points in six rounds moved on to the BonusRound, called the "Winner's Circle", in which the game was essentially reversed. In the Winner's Circle, the clue giver is shown six categories, and has to give a list of objects that fit each category.

The show lasted in several forms in every year from 1973 to 1988, generally increasing the dollar amount in the title with each new version. What started as $10,000 became $20,000, $25,000, $50,000, and even $100,000 over time. Creator/DickClark hosted most of the 197388 versions, except for the original ''$25,000'' version which was hosted from 1974-79 by Creator/BillCullen. A ''$100,000'' revival was syndicated in 1991 with John Davidson as host. After What's currently Creator/SonyPicturesTelevision acquired Stewart's company shortly afterwards, and after failed pilots during the 1996-2000 period (one of which, ''Pyramid Rocks'', had a rock music theme), the show returned from 2002 to 2004 as just ''Pyramid'', with Donny Osmond as host. (For this reason, it's more commonly known as ''[[FanNickname Donnymid]]''.) This new version introduced several rule changes that many fans of the show disliked, lax writing and judging, often-clueless celebrities, and a [[NoIndoorVoice hyperactive]] host.
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* WhoWantsToBeWhoWantsToBeAMillionaire: ''Donnymid''- with its' techno theme, purple color scheme, dark metallic set, and strict judging- felt like Sony was trying to clone ''Millionaire'', just without a budget. Averted by the 2009 ''$1,000,000'' pilots, which were instead updated renditions of the 70s/80s versions, with a League of Champions tournament structure like the 80s/90s ''$100,000''.
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* TheyJustDidntCare: [[http://gameshows.wikia.com/wiki/File:261888_10150215829298494_4319507_n.jpg Here's a ticket]] for the taping of one of the 1996 pilots. That's right- whoever Sony put in charge of this managed to misspell ''Pyramid'' as '''[[YouMakeMeSic PRYAMID]]''.
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* TheyJustDidntCare: [[http://gameshows.wikia.com/wiki/File:261888_10150215829298494_4319507_n.jpg Here's a ticket]] for the taping of one of the 1996 pilots. That's right- whoever Sony put in charge of this managed to misspell ''Pyramid'' as '''[[YouMakeMeSic PRYAMID]]''.
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** ''The Pyramid'' bases your jackpot on how many perfect 7s you had in the game ($10,000 base, another $5,000 for each perfect 7. Get the maximum 21 points, and you're playing for $25,000.)

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** ''The Pyramid'' bases based your jackpot on how many perfect 7s you had in the game ($10,000 base, another $5,000 for each perfect 7. Get the maximum 21 points, and you're playing for $25,000.)


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* SceneryPorn: The ABC ''$100,000'' set is very cool- monitors are now integrated into the desks for the words and score counters,, the backdrop is mainly made of glass panels with small neon pyramid shapes within, and the monitor trilons (see below).
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* [[GuestHost Guest Announcer]]: There were quite a lot of them..

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* [[GuestHost Guest Announcer]]: There were quite a lot of them..them.



** [[Series/ThePriceIsRight Rod Roddy]], Johnny Gilbert, [[Series/JudgeJudy Jerry Bishop[[, and [[Series/{{Scrabble}} Charlie Tuna]] all filled in for Jack Clark.
** Gilbert then took over so Jack could free up his schedule for ''Series/WheelOfFortune'', but due to Gilbert's own game show commitments (which included, among others, ''Wheel''[='s=] sister show ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}''), Charlie O'Donnell, Bob Hilton, and Dean Goss all filled in for him. Goss and [[Series/{{Webster}} Henry Polic II]] filled in for Gilbert on ''New $100,000''.

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** [[Series/ThePriceIsRight Rod Rod]] [[Series/PressYourLuck Roddy]], Johnny Gilbert, [[Series/TheCrossWits Jerry]] [[Series/JudgeJudy Jerry Bishop[[, Bishop]], and [[Series/{{Scrabble}} Charlie Charlie]] [[Series/TimeMachine Tuna]] all filled in for Jack Clark.
** Gilbert then took over so Jack could free up his schedule for ''Series/WheelOfFortune'', but due to Gilbert's own game show commitments (which included, among others, ''Wheel''[='s=] sister show ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}''), Charlie O'Donnell, Bob Hilton, [[Series/TheJokersWild Charlie]] [[Series/TicTacDough O'Donnell]] (who had been the original ''Wheel'' announcer, and Dean Goss took the post up again in 1989 until his death in 2010), [[Series/{{Blockbusters}} Bob]] [[Series/StrikeItLucky Hilton]], and [[Series/LetsMakeADeal Dean]] [[Series/HighRollers Goss]] all filled in for him. Goss and [[Series/{{Webster}} Henry Polic II]] filled in for Gilbert on ''New $100,000''.


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** Early promos for ABC ''$100,000'' referred to it as ''The New $100,000 Pyramid''; this was what the John Davidson version was called.
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A revival of the ''$100,000'' format premiered on ABC on June 26, 2016, hosted by Michael Strahan, offering top prizes of $50,000 and $100,000 in the Winner's Circle. Due to his commitments to ''Good Morning America'', the show returned not only to ABC, but also to New York, having taped there from 1973 until 1982 [[note]](with the exception of a brief stint in the 70s at Television City)[[/note]] and for one of the 2009 CBS pilots. The revival is part of ABC's "Sunday Fun and Games" block alongside the returning ''[[Series/FamilyFeud Celebrity Family Feud]]'' and an also-NY-based reboot of ''Series/MatchGame'' hosted by Creator/AlecBaldwin.

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A revival of the ''$100,000'' format premiered on ABC on June 26, 2016, hosted by Michael Strahan, offering top prizes of $50,000 and $100,000 in the Winner's Circle. Due to his commitments to ''Good Morning America'', the show returned not only to ABC, but also to New York, having taped there from 1973 until 1982 [[note]](with the exception of a brief stint in the 70s at Television City)[[/note]] and for one of the 2009 CBS pilots. The revival is part of ABC's "Sunday Fun and Games" block alongside the returning ''[[Series/FamilyFeud Celebrity Family Feud]]'' and an also-NY-based reboot of ''Series/MatchGame'' hosted by Creator/AlecBaldwin.Creator/AlecBaldwin; all three shows, plus the revival of ''Series/ToTellTheTruth'', have been renewed by ABC for summer 2017 (also joined by a revival of ''Series/TheGongShow'').


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** ''$20,000'' also offered a 21-related bonus (the only daytime version to do so); originally it was $1,000, but by 1980 it was a color TV.
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