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Broadcast history

Dick Clark as host of "The $10,000 Pyramid".

The $10,000 Pyramid, with host Dick Clark, made its network debut on March 26, 1973 and was a ratings hit, sustaining its ratings even when episodes were delayed or preempted by the Watergate hearings. A year later, the ratings temporarily declined (against the original version of Jeopardy! on NBC) and CBS canceled it. The show was quickly picked up by ABC, and began airing on that network on May 6, 1974. As per CBS custom at the time with celebrity game shows, three weeks of episodes for CBS were taped in Hollywood, at CBS Television City, Studio 31.<ref name="Shows">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> The rest originated in New York at what is now the Ed Sullivan Theater, moving to ABC's Elysee Theatre when it switched networks.<ref>http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/2931</ref>

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Title card of the 1980s (New) $25,000 Pyramid.

On September 20, 1982, the series returned to the CBS daytime lineup as The $25,000 Pyramid, again with Clark as host, but now taped in Los Angeles full-time at CBS Television City's Studio 33 (currently used for The Price is Right, which recognizes it as the "Bob Barker Studio") and remained there for the entire run and the brief 1988 return.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

The original $25,000 Pyramid and The $50,000 Pyramid were taped in the Elysee Theatre in New York, and the original version of The $100,000 Pyramid taped at Studio 33 in Hollywood. The revival of The $100,000 Pyramid, hosted by John Davidson, ran from January until December 1991 and taped in Studio 31.<ref name="Shows"/> Pyramid, hosted by Donny Osmond, ran from September 16, 2002 to September 10, 2004 and was taped at Sony Pictures Studios. The Pyramid was taped at the CBS Studio Center.

Later developments

Following CBS's cancellation of Guiding Light in April 2009, Pyramid was one of three potential series considered as a replacement for the veteran soap opera. (Let's Make a Deal and The Dating Game were the other two, with a pilot shot for the former series.) During the tapings that took place in June of that year, the top prize was raised to a potential $1,000,000.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

CBS passed on Pyramid and opted to pick up Let's Make a Deal, hosted by Wayne Brady, as Guiding Light's replacement. Several months later, in December 2009, CBS announced the cancellation of another long-running soap opera, As the World Turns. Pyramid was once again among the series being considered as a potential replacement.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> CBS ordered a third pilot on April 9, 2010.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref> Andy Richter was identified as a potential host.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref><ref>[1] Archived September 30, 2011 at the Wayback Machine</ref>

On May 18, 2011, TBS announced development of a possible new version of Pyramid, again to be hosted by Andy Richter.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> It was later announced{{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||date=__DATE__ |$B= {{#invoke:Category handler|main}}{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}[citation needed] }} that the show was not picked up.

Another pilot, titled The Pyramid, was taped on June 16, 2012.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> On July 12, 2012, GSN announced The Pyramid had been picked up and would premiere on the network on September 3, with Mike Richards hosting the show.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

Other personnel

Bob Clayton was the series' original announcer and performed these duties until his death in 1979. Alan Kalter and Steve O'Brien shared the primary announcer role until The $50,000 Pyramid ended production in 1981. Substitutes included Fred Foy, John Causier, Dick Heatherton, Scott Vincent, and Ed Jordan.

When the series was revived and production moved to California in 1982, Jack Clark became the announcer and held the position until 1985. Johnny Gilbert became the primary announcer for The $25,000 Pyramid while Charlie O'Donnell took the job for The $100,000 Pyramid when it launched that fall. Both Gilbert and O'Donnell would substiute for each other on their respective series; other substitutes included Jerry Bishop, Rod Roddy, Bob Hilton, and Dean Goss. For the 1991 revival, Gilbert and Goss were both featured announcers and frequent panelist Henry Polic II also announced for several weeks.<ref name="eotvgs"/> John Cramer announced the 2002-04 version, and JD Roberto announced The Pyramid (2012).

Mike Gargiulo directed through 1981, with Bruce Burmester replacing him until the end of the 1991 revival.<ref name="eotvgs"/>

The original theme tune was "Tuning Up" by Ken Aldin. In 1982, it was replaced by an original composition by Bob Cobert, which was also used on the 1991 revival.<ref name="eotvgs"/> Barry Coffing and John Blaylock composed the theme of the 2002-04 version, and Alan Ett composed for The Pyramid.


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