(BLACKAMERICAWEB) Actress Sherri Shepherd is making sure she’ll never be a bag lady. The “View” co-host and recurring character on “30 Rock” has yet another gig. No, she’s not among the “For Colored Girls” cast, but she is the newly installed host of the new “Newlywed Game.”
The classic game show from the 1970s has been revived by Game Show Network and is now in its fourth season. The latest season premieres today, Nov. 1, at 6 p.m. EST and will air weekdays at that time.
“This is a show that I’ve grown up watching, but I never dreamed I’d be the host,” says a giddy Shepherd. She has signed on for 65 episodes and will be able to collect some good frequent flyer mileage as “The Newlywed Game” is moving production from New York City to Los Angeles. “The View” tapes in New York City.
“Sherri’s quick wit and energy will make her a great fit for ‘The Newlywed Game,'” says Kelly Good, GSN’s senior vice president of programming. “She has a big personality and is outspoken about relationships. Plus, she can find the humor in any situation.”
“The Newlywed Game” originated in the 1960s but has had several different incarnations since in both the ’70s and ’80s. The show’s most recognizable face was host Bob Eubanks, who hosted on and off from 1966 to 1999 and is often seen in old clips. Before the Game Show Network revived it, the show’s last incarnation was in syndication from 1997 to 2000. The ’70s incarnation, produced by the legendary Chuck Barris, is often used as examples of ’70s kitsch, from the answers to the outfits.
The format is simple: Husbands and wives are asked questions about each other separately and then brought back together to see if their answers match. Of course, when they don’t, there’s often pouting and arguments. And sex questions were a big part of “The Newlywed Game’”s lore, although, in the ’70s. the popular euphemism was “makin’ whoopee,” as networks didn’t allow verbiage to get much more graphic.
The couple with the most correct answers wins prizes, including trips.
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