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Tom Bergeron


Thomas "Tom" Bergeron (born May 6, 1955) is an American television personality and game show host, best known to the public as the host of America's Funniest Home Videos (2001–present) and Hollywood Squares (1998–2004). He is also the host for the ABC reality series Dancing with the Stars (2005–present), and a fill-in host for Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. He is a Daytime Emmy winner. He was born in Haverhill, Massachusetts.

Bergeron's first job in broadcasting was as a disc jockey at local radio station WHAV, in his home town. He was an extremely popular radio DJ in the Seacoast area of New Hampshire in the early 1980s on Portsmouth's WHEB, where he played comedy records along with music and offbeat interviews. His professional voice and warm personality landed him additional TV and radio auditions.

One of his first jobs on television was as host of a local game show, Granite State Challenge, on New Hampshire Public Television (produced at NHPTV flagship station WENH-TV). He moved to the Boston market in February 1982, joining WBZ-TV as a general on-air personality. His early roles at the station included being a contributor on Evening Magazine, hosting brief informational and show preview segments known as 4 Today, every 30 minutes during WBZ's daytime lineup, and landing the hosting spot on Lottery Live, the nightly drawings of the Massachusetts State Lottery games. By January 1987, while still working in these roles, Bergeron added People Are Talking to his duties. He replaced former hosts Nancy Merrill and Buzz Luttrell on the early afternoon talk show, and gained even more popularity with this role. (Ron Cantera had already replaced Bergeron as the presenter of 4 Today in 1986, and Bergeron remained lottery host until drawings moved to WNEV-TV in September 1987.) By the early 1990s Bergeron was seen as a solid figure in Boston television, and WBZ continued to capitalize on his talents by featuring him on WBZ Radio. It was there he had an early-morning radio show called The Tom Bergeron Show. When People Are Talking ended a successful 13-year run in June 1993, Bergeron remained on WBZ-TV as commentator and lifestyle reporter for the station's expanded hour-long noon newscast.

In June 1994, Bergeron left WBZ when he was hired by the new FX cable network to co-host a morning talk show for them, called Breakfast Time. Hosting with Laurie Hibberd, the show became quite successful on the upstart cable network, prompting the Fox Broadcasting Company to pick it up two years later. At the time, the cable system in his hometown of Haverhill didn't carry FX, leading to a long-running and ultimately failed public campaign to get them to pick up the channel or at the very least to locally syndicate the program. In September 1996 it became Fox After Breakfast, since it aired later in the morning than the other network's morning programs. This show ran for one year on Fox; eventually it became The Vicki Lawrence Show after a number of cast changes. Bergeron later was signed to a contract with ABC News as guest host to Good Morning America. After Charles Gibson left the show, Bergeron was seriously considered as a permanent replacement, but that job went to Kevin Newman.

Beginning in 1998, one of his best-known jobs was the host of Hollywood Squares. He was nominated for 5 Emmys and in 2000, he won his first and only Emmy. After Squares ended its six-year-run in 2004, he continued hosting America's Funniest Home Videos, which he started hosting in 2001. In later years, Bergeron appeared twice on Star Trek: Enterprise as an alien trader named D'Marr and as a Coridan Ambassador. He also appeared in an episode of The Nanny in 1998. In 2005, he began hosting the ABC reality series Dancing with the Stars, for ABC, with ex-reporter Lisa Canning before Samantha Harris. The show proved to be a hit, airing in over 90 countries. His sharp sense of humor and good banter with the judges of Dancing with the Stars have helped to make him a big star again, as well as his banter with the cast members.

Bergeron is married and has two daughters. He lives in Los Angeles and Greenwich CT. In 2005, Bergeron was a co-host on the Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Association Telethon, and in 2006 he was elected national vice president of the association.

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Dancing with the Stars (U.S. TV series)

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Dancing with the Stars is a reality show airing on American Broadcasting Company in the United States. The show is based on the United Kingdom BBC Television series Strictly Come Dancing and is part of BBC Worldwide's international Dancing with the Stars franchise.

The eighth season premiered on March 9th, 2009.

The show pairs a celebrity with a professional ballroom dancer. The professional dancer is responsible for teaching the celebrity how to perform specific dances, which the pair perform live on the show each week. The dancers are scored by a panel of three professional dance judges. Additionally, viewers of the program may vote by phone, text message, or online methods. The team which receives the lowest total score (a combination of the judges' scores and viewer votes) each week is eliminated from the competition.

Dancing with the Stars is hosted by Emmy Award-winning game show host and TV personality, Tom Bergeron, and E! reporter Samantha Harris (who joined the show in season 2, replacing Lisa Canning). For the first three weeks of season 5, season 2 celebrity champion Drew Lachey co-hosted with Bergeron while Harris was on maternity leave.

Dancing with the Stars is produced at CBS Television City in Los Angeles in Studio 46, but airs on ABC.

The panel of judges consists of Len Goodman (head judge), Carrie Ann Inaba, and Bruno Tonioli; Goodman and Tonioli commute weekly between Hollywood and London to judge both the American and British versions of the show simultaneously. Harold Wheeler is the musical director. The announcements for the show's titles ("Live from Hollywood, This is "Dancing With the Stars") and introductions for the dances and judges' scores were recorded in the United Kingdom by Alan Dedicoat.

The first three seasons were not aired in the UK. BBC One aired Season 4 on Sunday afternoons from Sunday, July 15, 2007. On September 28, 2007, UKTV Gold began airing Season 5.

BBC America began to air Season 2 of the U.S. series on January 6, 2008, combining performance and results shows into 2-hour episodes. However, it was reported that many viewers of BBC America were unhappy with the decision, mainly due to the fact that the channel was showing repeats of an American-produced program, despite the BBC's involvement with the show.

The following are the dances performed by couples on Dancing with the Stars. In addition, each couple in the final round performs a dance of any style or combination of styles of their choosing, called "freestyle".

Seasonal rankings (based on average total viewers per episode) of Dancing With The Stars on ABC.

Note: Each U.S. network television season starts in late September and ends in late May, which coincides with the completion of Nielsen Ratings.

The show's first season is not ranked because it aired in the summer of 2005. If it had aired during the official 2004-2005 season and received the same numbers, it would have ranked #11, in place of Two and a Half Men.

The September 20, 2005 drew 10.9 million viewers, while the results show two nights later drew just over 10.4 million.

Dancing With The Stars was the most-watched Thursday night program on American Broadcasting Company since Who Wants to Be a Millionaire in 2000 and the most-watched Thursday 8 p.m. series on American Broadcasting Company since Mork & Mindy in 1979. In its second season, it attracted high viewing numbers similar to those of its timeslot competitor, CBS' Survivor: Panama.

The first part of the series' second season aired on February 23, 2006. The other programs airing opposite Dancing With The Stars (14.8 million viewers from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.) were: the Figure skating at the 2006 Winter Olympics on NBC (17.7 million viewers from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.), an episode of CBS' Survivor: Panama (14.8 million viewers from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.), and a results show during the fifth season of FOX's American Idol (23.5 million viewers from 8 p.m. to 9:02 p.m.).

The premiere for the eight season of Dancing with the Stars drew the largest opening audience ever for the show with 22.8 million viewers.

Mel B.; front runner for season five, turned down the tour due to her commitment to the Spice Girl Reunion Tour. It was revealed that Cheryl Burke was unable to participate for the first few shows during the tour. It was thought that something had happened to her appendix, although that was not the case.

Mark Ballas is also on the tour as a professional dancer, but will have to sit out the show for a few weeks due to a groin injury in Los Angeles.

In seasons 1 and 2, only the overall ranking between competitors by the judges and the public was relevant. In season 3 and all subsequent seasons, the scoring system has made the exact scores relevant as well.

The scoring begins with the judges' marks. Each judge gives a 1 to 10 score, for a total score of 3 to 30 (the lowest individual score, however, was a 2 for Master P's Paso Doble in season 2, and the lowest total score for a dance was an 8). When multiple performances are scored, only the cumulative total counts. The contestants' "judges' shares" are calculated as the percentage of the total number of points awarded to all contestants that evening. (For example, if a team earned 20 points on a night when the judges awarded 200 points, their judges' share would be 20/200 = 10%.) This percentage is then added to the percentage of North American votes received by each contestant. The bottom two couples are identified in the results show, and the couple with the lowest combined total is eliminated. Season 8 added a "dance-off," in which contestants could re-do one of their dances, in an effort to improve their judges' score.

Public voting is conducted via a toll-free number, the ABC web site, and, most recently, text messages; contestants can vote during and immediately after each performance show. The maximum number of votes per voter per medium is equal to the number of couples performing that night, or five votes, whichever is larger.

Celebrities make $200,000 per season, no matter how far they advance in the competition. The winner also gets a bonus of $100,000, and the second- and third-place finishers get smaller bonuses.

Edyta Sliwinska is the only professional that has been on the show for every season. Cheryl Burke, Tony Dovolani, Karina Smirnoff, Kym Johnson, Julianne Hough, Derek Hough, Mark Ballas and Lacey Schwimmer have been on the show every season since their debut as professionals.

Lil' Romeo was the first person to withdraw, in Season 2. His father, Master P took his place in the competition, being partnered with Ashley DelGrosso.

Sara Evans in the third season was the second celebrity to withdraw from the competition, while in progress. She cited her divorce as the reason for leaving the competition. As a result, her professional partner, Tony Dovolani also became the first professional dancer to withdraw from the competition.

Another withdrawal occurred during the run-up to Season 4, on February 28 when Vincent Pastore withdrew from the competition after only one week of training. Pastore said he did not realize how much work was needed during a ten-week period, and that he was not up to the physical demands of the show. He was replaced on March 2 by actor John Ratzenberger who was partnered with Edyta Sliwinska.

Misty May-Treanor was forced to withdraw from Season 7 after tearing her Achilles tendon during rehearsals. The injury required surgery. Her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy became the second professional to withdraw from the competition.

Season 8 was over before it even began for singer Jewel and Access Hollywood host Nancy O'Dell. Both were forced to pull out of competition prior to the premier due to injury, Jewel suffered from a fractured tibia in both legs while O'Dell has a torn meniscus that will require surgery. This is the first time a celebrity has been forced to pull out through injury before the season has started, Jewel was replaced with former The Girls Next Door star, and ex-girlfriend of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, Holly Madison, and O'Dell was replaced with The Bachelor finalist Melissa Rycroft.

Professional-celebrity relationships. Over the seasons there have been four confirmed relationships between professional dancers and their celebrity partners. Mario Lopez and Karina Smirnoff (Season 3), Sabrina Bryan and Mark Ballas (Season 5), and Shannon Elizabeth and Derek Hough (Season 6) began dating during or after the show. Cheryl Burke dated Matthew Lawrence, brother of Season 3 contestant Joey Lawrence. Julianne Hough and Chuck Wicks (Season 8), began dating before Wicks' appearance.

Relationships between professionals. Pros Edyta Sliwinska and Alec Mazo are married, as are Jonathan Roberts and Anna Trebunskaya. Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Karina Smirnoff announced their engagement early in 2009.

In addition, Derek Hough and Julianne Hough are siblings, and Corky Ballas and Mark Ballas are father and son. Furthermore, the Houghs moved to London to train with Corky Ballas and his wife.

Relationships between contestants. Season 2's Lisa Rinna has been married to Season 3's Harry Hamlin since 1997, prior to either's appearance on the show. Had Jewel not been injured, she and her husband Ty Murray would have been the first celebrity couple to compete in the same season of the show.

On Season 5, Marie Osmond fainted on Week 5 after her performance. The show immediately went to commercial break. On Week 6, Jane Seymour was also absent on the results show due to food poisoning.

On Season 6, Kristi Yamaguchi injured her ankle on Week 4. This did not affect her performance or attendance. On Monday April 28, 2008 (Week 7), Cristián de la Fuente suffered a ruptured tendon in his left biceps muscle during his performance. The judges critiqued him according to his performance up to the injury. He was sent to the hospital immediately and missed the end of the show.

On August 24, 2008 (the day before she was named as a celebrity contestant), Kim Kardashian cut her foot on a piece of a broken mirror in her hotel room, which she spoke about to Robin Roberts, Sam Champion and Tom Bergeron on Good Morning America the next day. Doctors told her she could still dance in season 7.

On September 22, 2008, while rehearsing for that night's performance, Jeffrey Ross suffered a scratched cornea in his left eye. He wore a rhinestone-studded eye patch in jest of the injury.

On October 4, 2008, Misty May-Treanor had ruptured her Achilles tendon during rehearsal and was forced to withdraw from the competition, requiring surgery for her injury.

In October 2008, Susan Lucci had sprained her ankle while rehearsing for that night's performance. She explained that she slides underneath partner Tony Dovolani's legs in the routine, and she "didn't put her butt down in time" and rolled her ankle, thus spraining it. She still performed that night, her ankle wrapped. It was later announced that she had actually fractured two bones in her right foot.

On October 19, 2008, Brooke Burke was taken to the hospital after injuring her foot. She was performing the jitterbug with partner Derek Hough for camera blocking when she landed hard on her right foot while performing a front flip.

Lance Bass also fractured his toe. Maurice Greene hyper-extended his leg during a group Paso Doble rehearsal.

Jewel Kilcher and Nancy O'Dell were forced to withdraw from competing on Season 8, as Jewel fractured both her tibias and O'Dell tore her meniscus and required surgery.

Steve-O was injured during his dress rehearsal so he and his partner, Lacey Schwimmer, were unable to perform live. Instead, the judges critiqued his pre-recorded dress rehearsal performance.

Steve Wozniak suffered a crush injury in his right ankle due to his weight; his doctor told him that he could continue in the competition, as long as his foot was either braced, or wrapped. He also suffered a pulled hamstring while rehearsing for his samba.

Jerry Springer's partner, Kym Johnson hyperextended one of her legs but kept on performing.

Mark Ballas dislocated his shoulder on the Season Finale during his and Sabrina Bryan's encore dance. He was immediately sent to the hospital for the rest of the night.

Karina Smirnoff had to get surgery for a neck injury she had suffered before the start of season 6. She was well enought to perform the rest of the season with partner Mario.

On April 1, 2008 (Week 3), Derek Hough injured his neck when practicing for a routine he and his sister, Julianne Hough, and their friend Mark Ballas were to perform to a live performance on that night's results show by Kylie Minogue of her hit song Can't Get You Out Of My Head. Derek appeared on the results show but Mark and Julianne danced the routine without him.

In Week 5, Derek Hough contracted food poisoning from a protein shake that he drank earlier on performance day.

Karina Smirnoff sprained her left ankle during rehearsals the morning of performance, September 22. She performed that night, ankle fully wrapped, with celebrity partner, Rocco DiSpirito.

Derek Hough blacked out after tripping and hitting his head on October 4, 2008. He was rushed to a hospital, and was cleared to continue with the competition.

Julianne Hough was rushed to the hospital after the October 21, 2008 results show with increasingly severe stomach pains. She was released the same night after it was determined that it was "just a bad stomach ache". However, she was ordered to sit out the group hip-hop dance rehearsals the next day as a precaution.

However, on the October 27 performance show, Hough announced that she had been diagnosed with Endometriosis and would be having surgery on October 28 for appendix removal. Hough's dance partner Cody Linley would remain in the competition, and be teamed with Edyta Sliwinska, who had been paired with comedian Jeffrey Ross. They had been eliminated in the season's first elimination. It was announced that this pairing was indefinite and would last as long as Hough needed to recover. It was announced on the November 11, 2008 results show that Julianne was returning the next week and returned to dance on that show with Derek in the fan-created "Stars of Dance".

The show celebrated its 100th episode on Tuesday, May 6, 2008. More than 30 former cast members and pros returned, with interviews with Stacy Keibler, Lisa Rinna, Jerry Springer, Vivica A. Fox, Joey Fatone, Kenny Mayne, Sabrina Bryan, and former winners Kelly Monaco, Drew Lachey, and Apolo Anton Ohno. Other appearances included the Season 6 cast, Jane Seymour, Ian Ziering, Mark Cuban, Wayne Newton, Leeza Gibbons, Harry Hamlin, Shandi Finnessey, Paula Abdul and Helio Castroneves. New routines were performed by Apolo Anton Ohno and Julianne Hough, Mel B. and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, and by Mario Lopez with the cast of A Chorus Line, in which he is currently starring on Broadway. The musical guest was country group Rascal Flatts.

A DVD titled Dancing With The Stars: Cardio Dance was released on April 3, 2007 featuring Kym Johnson, Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Ashly DelGrosso. The program contains cardiovascular workouts adapted from Cha-cha, paso doble, samba, and jive dance routines.

A second DVD Dancing with the Stars: Latin Cardio Dance was released on September 13, 2008 featuring Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Cheryl Burke. The program contains cardiovascular workouts adapted from Cha-cha, Merengue, Samba and Mambo dance routines.

A companion book written by Guy Phillips was released in the early fall of 2007 entitled, Dancing with the Stars: Jive, Samba and Tango Your Way Into The Best Shape Of Your Life . The book has behind the scenes photos and stories from the show as well as fitness routines modeled by Alec Mazo and Edyta Sliwinska. The book also features many promotional images from the first four seasons and the tour as well as original costume designs, lists of performed songs during a dance, and a complete list of every song and dance routine performed since the first season of the show.

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Samantha Harris

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Samantha Harris (born November 27, 1973) is an American TV presenter. Most notably, she is co-host of Dancing with the Stars with Tom Bergeron.

Harris was born Samantha Harris Shapiro and raised in Hopkins, Minnesota. Her late father, Richard Shapiro, was a rock 'n' roll promoter; and her mother, Bonnie Harris Shapiro, was a dancer. In 1972, the two founded one of the country's first renaissance festivals, King Richard's Faire, which continues to this day.

On September 23, 2007, Harris gave birth to her daughter Josselyn Sydney Hess and missed the season premiere of Dancing With The Stars for season five. She returned on October 15, 2007. Drew Lachey, winner of season two, filled in for the first three weeks of competition while Harris was out.

Harris had a Jewish upbringing and received her Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, graduating with honors in 1996.

Harris, 5'4", currently resides in Los Angeles, California, with her husband Michael Hess, a financial wholesaler, and their daughter.

Harris is a correspondent with E! Entertainment Television's E! News, and host of THS Investigates. In addition to writing, producing and reporting daily for E! News, she co-hosts the network's live award-show coverage for the Oscars, Golden Globes and Emmys. She has also appeared as a special correspondent on Good Morning America.

Prior to joining E!, Harris served as a weekend co-host for the infotainment show Extra, where she interviewed hundreds of celebrities and served as an anchor for the show's Las Vegas bureau.

Her most recent hosting job is for Dancing with the Stars (U.S. TV series) along with Tom Bergeron taking over in 2006 for Lisa Canning.

Her other hosting credits include Fox's The Next Joe Millionaire and AMC Access (the shortlived spinoff of Access Hollywood produced for AMC). Additionally, she also served as a guest co-host on The View.

It was announced on December 16, 2008 that she would be joining CBS Television Distribution's "The Insider" as a substitute host and correspondent.

Her acting credits include Eric Idle Exploits Monty Python, Surviving Gilligan's Island, Reefer Madness!, The New "Hit" Musical (original cast), Beautiful, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and others. Also on Palms cocoa butter commercial.

Harris has modeled as a three-time cover girl for Muscle & Fitness: HERS, and for FHM, SELF and SHAPE magazines, as well as various ads and commercials. She is also featured in the December 2006 issue of FHM magazine.

Harris supports cancer research and volunteers for charity events such as the Revlon Run/Walk and What A Pair.

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WBZ-TV, channel 4, is an owned-and-operated television station of the CBS Television Network, located in Boston, Massachusetts. WBZ-TV's studios and office facilties are located in the Allston-Brighton section of Boston, and its transmitter is located in Needham, Massachusetts.

WBZ-TV began operations on June 9, 1948, as the first commercial television station in Boston and New England. The station was founded by Westinghouse Radio Stations (later to become Westinghouse Broadcasting, also known as Group W), a subsidiary of the Westinghouse Electric Corporation, along with WBZ radio (1030 AM). The station immediately joined NBC owing to WBZ radio's long affiliation with NBC Radio. It is the only television station to have been built from the ground up by Westinghouse.

The station was knocked off the air August 31, 1954, when Hurricane Carol toppled the station's self-supporting tower over its studios. A temporary transmitter was installed on a nearby tower and later on the original tower of WNAC-TV (channel 7, now WHDH-TV). In 1957, WBZ-TV began broadcasting from a 1200-foot (366 m) tower in Needham. The tower site is now known as the CBS Digital Television Broadcasting Facility, and is used by several Boston-area television stations, including WGBH-TV (channel 2) and WCVB-TV (channel 5).

Channel 4 nearly lost its NBC affiliation in 1955, when Westinghouse balked at NBC's initial offer to trade sister stations KYW radio and WPTZ-TV (now KYW-TV) in Philadelphia in exchange for the network's radio and television combination in Cleveland, Ohio. In response, NBC threatened to yank its programming from both WBZ-TV and WPTZ unless Westinghouse agreed to the trade. The swap was made in 1956, but Westinghouse immediately complained to the Federal Communications Commission and the U.S. Justice Department about NBC's extortion. In 1965, the FCC ordered the swap reversed without NBC realizing any profit on the deal.

WBZ-TV (sometimes referred to as "BZ" both on- and off-air) was a pioneer in Boston television. In 1948, it began live broadcasts of Boston's two Major League Baseball teams, the Red Sox and the Braves, broadcasts that at first were split with WNAC. It was also the first Boston station to have daily newscasts, starting with the station's very first night on the air.

In the mid-1960s, it adopted the Eyewitness News format that had been pioneered at KYW-TV.

The station also broadcast many locally-produced programs over the years. One of the most beloved was the long-running Big Brother Bob Emery show, hosted by veteran radio performer Emery, who first did the show on Boston-area radio in 1921 and who in 1947 hosted the first five-times-a-week children's show on network television on DuMont. For nearly two decades, from 1956 until 1974, Rex Trailer hosted a popular weekend-morning children's show called Boomtown. For part of that time, Boomtown originated from an outdoor "western town" set built next to WBZ-TV's studios. In 2005, WBZ aired a special documentary film directed by Michael Bavaro titled "Rex Trailer's Boomtown" featuring old clips and interviews with childhood fans like Jay Leno, Steven Wright, Tom Bergeron, Jimmy Tingle, and many others. The broadcast master in now part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Television & Radio in New York City.

From 1977 to 1990, Evening Magazine aired on the station. The original co-hosts were Robin Young and Marty Sender; later, Barry Nolan and Sara Edwards co-hosted the program.

People Are Talking, (1980–1993) a live early-afternoon talk show aired on WBZ, as it did on some other Westinghouse stations. In Boston, it was originally hosted by Nancy Merrill and later by Buzz Luttrell, but the best-known host was the program's last, Tom Bergeron.

As an NBC affiliate, the station was known to preempt several hours of network programming a day — a common practice among Group W stations. This was significant, since WBZ-TV was NBC's second-largest affiliate in the Eastern Time Zone. It primarily preempted several daytime morning programs. On January 3, 1983, when People Are Talking expanded to one hour, WBZ-TV dropped NBC's Another World, which would move to WQTV (now WBPX) until the fall of 1987, when the show moved to WHLL (now WUNI-TV) and later to WMFP in the early 1990s. The station also dropped many Saturday morning cartoons in 1990, even though NBC later abandoned such programming in favor of live-action, teen-oriented shows, such as Saved by the Bell.

NBC has traditionally been less tolerant of preemptions than the other networks and had to find alternate independent stations to air whatever programs that BZ did not air. Despite this, NBC was generally satisfied with WBZ-TV, which was one of NBC's strongest affiliates. As a sidebar, sister station KYW-TV in Philadelphia (then NBC's largest affiliate) also heavily preempted NBC programming, but it spent most of the 1980s and 1990s as NBC's weakest major-market affiliate.

In the early 1980s, WBZ-TV lost its longtime spot as Boston's highest-rated news station to WCVB, but even then was a strong second for more than a decade. Its evening news team — anchors Liz Walker and Jack Williams, meteorologist Bruce Schwoegler and sportscaster Bob Lobel — was the longest-running news team in New England from 1980 until Walker moved to the noon newscasts in 2000. Other personalities who came to channel 4 during this time were entertainment reporter Joyce Kulhawik and political reporter John Henning. Williams is still at channel 4 today; Walker gave up anchoring duties in 2005 and hosted a Sunday morning talk show for several years before leaving the station in October 2008.

In 1994, sister station WJZ-TV in Baltimore lost its affiliation with ABC after that network announced a deal with the E.W. Scripps Company to switch all but two of Scripps' television stations (including its Baltimore outlet, WMAR-TV) to ABC. Westinghouse felt betrayed by ABC's decision, and as a safeguard began shopping for affiliation deals for the entire Group W television unit. Group W eventually struck an agreement to switch WBZ-TV, KYW-TV, and WJZ-TV to CBS (Westinghouse's two other stations, in Pittsburgh and San Francisco, were already CBS affiliates).

The Boston market's third network affiliation switch took place on January 2, 1995. After a 47-year relationship with NBC, channel 4 became the third station in Boston to align with CBS. The network had originally affiliated with WNAC-TV in 1948, then moved to channel 5 (then known as WHDH-TV) in 1962. It then returned to WNAC-TV (the current WHDH-TV) in 1972 and stayed there until the switch. As a CBS affiliate, WBZ-TV airs the entire CBS schedule with no pre-emptions except for local news emergencies, as per Westinghouse's agreement with CBS.

When Westinghouse purchased CBS outright in early 1996, WBZ-TV became a CBS-owned and operated station. As a condition of the merger, CBS had to sell recently-acquired WPRI-TV (channel 12) in Providence, Rhode Island. The two station's signals share similar coverage areas in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and FCC regulations at the time did not allow common ownership of two or more television stations with overlapping signals.

WBZ-TV was the first former Group W station to drop the channel number in Group W's Anklepants font, and WBZ-TV introduced a then-new logo in 1997.

Although the station tends to rank #1 in daytime and primetime ratings, Channel 4's local news ratings have suffered since the switch in network affiliations. This is partly because at the time of the switch, CBS was well behind NBC in the network ratings. Taken as a whole, its local news is the lowest rated of Boston's "Big 3" affiliates, having dipped behind a resurgent WHDH-TV as well. In January 2006, attempting to bolster its local news ratings, Channel 4 reinstated its 5 pm news and dismissed its former lead anchor Josh Binswanger, leading to the return of long-time anchor Jack Williams to the prime-time newscasts. In addition, Ed Carroll's contract was not renewed and in October 2005 the station hired Ken Barlow from KARE-TV in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to replace him as chief meteorologist.

In late August 2006, WBZ-TV ended its 4 pm weekday newscast and hired anchor Chris May from WHDH-TV. May, along with Sara Underwood, anchored the 5 pm weekday news on WBZ-TV. May has since moved to sister station KYW-TV in Philadelphia, and Underwood's contract with the station was not renewed. She left the station on March 4, 2008. As of September 18, 2006, WHDH now airs the only 4 PM weekday newscast in the Boston area.

In January 2007, the station launched Project Mass, a commitment to cover the community's top concerns in government, transit, healthcare, education, finance, and the environment. The initiative kicked-off with an online town meeting.

Channel 4 has changed its news and station branding continuously since the affiliation switch, from "Eyewitness News" to "WBZ News 4" to "News 4 New England" to "WBZ 4 News". On February 1, 2004, WBZ rebranded itself as "CBS4," as per the CBS Mandate.

The "CBS4" branding was phased-out during the first quarter of 2007 and, as of February 2007, the station's newscast title was reverted from "CBS 4 News" to "WBZ News". The return of "WBZ-TV" and "WBZ News" took place Sunday, February 4, 2007, during the station's coverage of the Super Bowl. This makes the station the first station owned by CBS to depart from the CBS Mandate standardization since. It joins sister stations KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh, WCCO-TV in Minneapolis-St. Paul, WWJ-TV in Detroit and WJZ-TV in Baltimore in not following the Mandate currently. General manager Ed Piette told The Boston Globe that he decided to ditch the "CBS4" branding when he arrived in Boston for his first day of work and a cabbie asked him, "Whatever happened to WBZ?" Piette hopes to reemphasize WBZ-TV's local identity--a strategy that worked well when he was general manager at WCCO-TV, ironically another station that doesn't follow the CBS Mandate.

After the 2000 acquisition of CBS by its former subsidiary, Viacom, WBZ-TV's operations were merged with that of Boston's UPN affiliate, WSBK-TV, and later with WLWC-TV, the UPN affiliate in nearby Providence. Today, the operations of WBZ-TV and WSBK-TV are co-located at WBZ's studios in Brighton. WLWC was sold in 2006 to the Four Points Media Group, a broadcaster controlled by private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management.

WBZ's on-air staff continued to change in late 2007, when longtime morning anchor Scott Wahle was re-assigned and replaced by former WFXT anchor David Wade. In January 2008, longtime morning and midday meteorologist Barry Burbank was re-assigned to the weekend programs. He was replaced by meteorologist Todd Gutner.

On February 29, 2008, it was reported that the 2007-2008 Writers Guild of America strike caused a significant loss in viewers during the late news. WBZ-TV finished with an average of 157,800 total viewers, down from 177,800 viewers in 2007.

On April 1, 2008, CBS' owned-and-operated television stations division ordered widespread budget cuts and staff layoffs from its stations. As a result of the budget cuts, roughly 30 staffers were released from WBZ-TV and WSBK-TV, including longtime sports director Bob Lobel, entertainment reporter Joyce Kulhawik, and WSBK anchor Scott Wahle. Lobel left channel 4 on May 16, while Kulhawik and Wahle left on May 29 and 30, respectively. Steve Burton is now the new sports director, while the position that Kulhawik held was eliminated. Jack Williams filled in for the 9pm spot in the interim. It was announced on June 6 that reporter and now former-weekend anchor Kate Merrill will anchor the news, along with general assignment duty weekdays at 5/6pm. Lobel and Kulhawik are now with NECN, also Lobel recently became "Guest" Co-Host of the morning show on CBS Radio owned WODS "Oldies 103.3", though whether this position is to be a permanent one has yet to be known.

Even with the budget cuts at CBS, WBZ-TV's 11 pm newscast has been number one in its time slot in the last three ratings periods.

Over the past few years, WBZ-TV and parent CBS have co-produced a live telecast of the annual Boston Pops' July 4 concert at Boston's Hatch Shell along the Charles River. The entire concert is broadcast live locally by WBZ. The CBS network joins the show in progress at 10 p.m. to show the Pops' signature versions of "1812 Overture" and "Stars and Stripes Forever," as well as the fireworks over the Charles. Live coverage of the event was broadcast in high-definition for the first time beginning in 2007.

For several years, the station has aired exclusive First Night Boston coverage on New Year's Eve, showcasing festivities from Boston, New England, and the world.

Also the Boston Marathon (see Sports section below).

After the analog television shutdown and digital conversion, which is tentatively scheduled to take place on June 12, 2009 , WBZ-TV will continue digital broadcasts on its current pre-transition channel number, 30. However, through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers will display WBZ-TV's virtual channel as 4.

WBZ-TV was also the first station to air daily Mass State Lottery drawings in Boston, starting in 1975. Tom Bergeron credits one of his early TV jobs to hosting lottery drawings on Channel 4. The station holds the record for having the rights to the games the longest (12 years), before passing the torch to Channel 7 (then known as WNEV-TV) in 1987. Eleven years later, Lottery Live would return to WBZ, with long-time host Dawn Hayes still at the helm. Due to new limited contacts permitting the local stations to carry Lottery Live for only three years at a time, WBZ moved the games to sister station WSBK-TV in 2001.

WBZ-TV has aired local sporting events over the years. Besides the Braves (1948 until they moved to Milwaukee before the 1953 season) and the Red Sox (1948–1957; 1972–1974, and a handful of games in 2003 and 2004), WBZ-TV also broadcast the Boston Celtics from 1972–73 through 1984–85. In 1980, WBZ-TV was the first Boston television station to broadcast live wire-to-wire coverage of the Boston Marathon; the station has done so every year since, and was the only Boston station to do so in 2007 and 2008.

In the early 1960s, WBZ unveiled a new stylized "4" logo, using a distinctive font that had been designed especially for Group W. The logo became italicized in the late 1980s, but remained the same font. It kept this logo for over 30 years until it unveiled its first "News 4 New England" logo in September 1996. The old logo was the longest-used numeric logo in New England television history until WCVB's stylized "5" crossed the 31-year mark in 2003.

The "Circle-4" logo that replaced the original "News 4" logo in 1998 was often referred to on-air by WBZ sports anchor Bob Lobel as "The Circle 4 Ranch." As of 2007, WBZ has dropped the CBS-mandated "CBS4" logo and branding and now refers to itself simply as "WBZ-TV".

WBZ-TV's transmitter and antenna are located in Needham, Massachusetts, on the same tower as WCVB-TV, WGBH-TV, WGBX-TV, and WSBK-TV's HDTV transmitter. In fact, the tower and site are owned by CBS itself. Its signal covers Greater Boston, southern New Hampshire, northern Rhode Island, and northeastern Connecticut. WBZ-TV is also one of six local Boston TV stations seen in Canada to subscribers of the Bell TV satellite service, and is also seen on most cable systems in Atlantic Canada.

WBZ operates a Bell LongRanger 206LIV called "Sky Eye". In addition to its main studios, the station operates two other news bureaus. The "Worcester Bureau" is located on Main Street in that city. The "New Hampshire Bureau" is located on Elm Street in Manchester. The station's weather radar, known as "WBZ Doppler Live", is located at Worcester Regional Airport. Along with other CBS-owned stations, WBZ offers a web-only "@ Your Desk" newscast available live and on-demand. WBZ produces a weeknight 9 o'clock newscast for sister station WSBK. On September 15, 2008, the station was in the process of upgrading its news set for high definition broadcasts. During that time, all newscasts originated from the on-air area of the newsroom. The renovations lasted for at least six weeks.

On December 11, 2008, during their 5:00pm newscast, WBZ became the fourth station (behind WCVB, WHDH, and WLVI) to broadcast news in high definition. Their sister station, TV38 followed suit later that night.

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Dancing with the Stars (U.S. season 5)

The fifth season of Dancing with the Stars premiered on September 24, 2007 with a special three-night premiere week. The season ended on November 27, 2007. As with previous seasons, CTV Television Network had aired the series in Canada.

The show was hosted by Tom Bergeron, with returning judges Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, and Carrie Ann Inaba. Co-host Samantha Harris gave birth on September 23, 2007; during her leave of absence second-season champion Drew Lachey served as co-host. On October 15, 2007 Harris returned to the show.

On August 29, 2007, the celebrity cast was announced on Good Morning America by host Tom Bergeron, judge Carrie Ann Inaba, and reigning celebrity champion Apolo Anton Ohno.

Then Sabrina Bryan was shocking eliminated leaving judge Carrie Ann Inaba crying and host Tom Bergeron stating that he had Bryan, "so pegged for the finale". Bryan's elimination was especially shocking since Marie Osmond and Jane Seymour remained, although they each received considerably lower scores than Bryan. TV Guide named this the Most Shocking TV Moment of 2007.

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Game Show Network

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GSN (formerly known on-air as Game Show Network) is an American cable television and direct broadcast satellite channel dedicated to game shows and casino game shows. The channel was launched on December 1, 1994. Its slogan is "Play Every Day". The network is currently available in approximately 68 million homes, and is jointly-owned by Liberty Media and Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Game Show Network started up at 7:00 PM on December, 1, 1994, it's first aired game show being Match Game '73. From 1994 to about 1997, it aired not just post-1972 game shows, but aired pre-1972 classics too. Most shows were from the Mark Goodson-Bill Todman library. It aired them in a 24-hour cycle.

From October 11, 1997 - April 18, 1998, Game Show Network's Goodson-Todman library rights expired, with the exceptions of The Price Is Right and the 1994-1995 season of Family Feud, which were both on a separate contract. This was referred to by fans as the "Dark Period".

With the other Goodson-Todman shows gone, lesser-known Sony properties such as Juvenile Jury, The Diamond Head Game, the 1976 Break The Bank, and the Bill Cullen-hosted Chain Reaction all found their ways onto the schedule. Game Show Network also aired a kids' game show block at this time, highlighted by Jep! and Wheel of Fortune 2000—kids' adaptations of Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! Some of the shows that premiered during the dark period remained on the schedule even after the Goodson-Todman shows returned.

On March 15, 2004, at 10:00 p.m. ET, GSN stopped using the name "Game Show Network" on-air and introduced the tagline "The Network for Games," a move in line with the network expanding its programming to include the genre of reality television and various other competitions. (However, the entity's corporate name remained Game Show Network, LLC.) The newly renamed GSN also introduced the original series World Series of Blackjack, Celebrity Blackjack, Extreme Dodgeball, Poker Royale, and the short-lived Fake-a-Date, Vegas Weddings Unveiled and Ballbreakers. GSN also added reruns of The Mole, Average Joe, Arsenio Hall's Star Search, Kenny vs. Spenny, and Spy TV--all of which were eventually removed from the schedule (though Kenny vs. Spenny was picked up for new episodes by Comedy Central in 2007). Traditional game shows Win Ben Stein's Money and Street Smarts were also acquired around this time and aired in various time slots, though neither was regularly programmed as of mid-March 2008.

Blackjack and Poker Royale signified the beginnings of GSN's attempts to cash in on the TV poker-craze at the time. In 2006, GSN introduced High Stakes Poker, a poker show with a private-game format among professional players, and also programmed additional series of World Series of Blackjack and a spinoff, Celebrity Blackjack. One of the most popular shows from the initial TV poker boom, the World Poker Tour, was slated to move from the Travel Channel to GSN on March 24, 2008.

Within a year after GSN's revamp, GSN has primarly began returning its focus to studio-based game shows.

On February 25, 2008, GSN debuted a brand new live interactive call-in show called GSN Live, hosted by actress Heidi Bohay and KNBC Channel 4 Los Angeles, sports anchor/director, Fred Roggin. The show was formatted to be like the old Game Show Network show Club A.M., and aired weekdays from 12pm-3pm Eastern/9am-12pm Pacific between the current GSN classic line-up. The show took calls from viewers, interviewed classic game-show hosts, took viewers behind the scenes of game shows, and played 3 interactive games during the show. People who successfully got through to the games were enabled to win anything from jewelry to GSN merchandise. In March, every contestant who got through to the show was entered to win a brand new car.

In October, a second season of Bingo America premiered with former Family Feud host Richard Karn as the new host, replacing Patrick Duffy, and Diane Mizota as the co-host.

On November 6, GSN updated its logo for the first time in four and a half years since its 2004 revamp, and began using a new slogan "Play every day".

On November 10, GSN began airing the syndicated version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire? hosted by Meredith Vieira.

On November 15, a new game show entitled Think Like a Cat, sponsored by Meow Mix cat food, debuted on GSN. The host is Chuck Woolery.

On April 6, 2009, a new version of The Newlywed Game will premiere with former Wilson Phillips singer Carnie Wilson as the host.

Also on April 6, 2009, the second season of Catch 21 premieres with new episodes with a new time at 6:30 PM E/T and 5:30 PM C/T, instead of 7:30 PM E/T and 6:30 PM C/T. Alfonso Ribeiro and Mikki Padilla both return to their duties as host and card dealer.

On March 30, 2009, GSN removed Blockbusters, Card Sharks, Child's Play, Press Your Luck, What's My Line? and To Tell the Truth from its lineup and was replaced by Tom Bergeron's version of Hollywood Squares, Match Game PM, Password, The $25,000 Pyramid and The $100,000 Pyramid.

Coupled with some of these changes is an aggressive marketing campaign; GSN sent Ribiero on a promotional tour to local television stations to promote Catch 21, while they partnered with the ABC Television Network to create Play It Again! Game Show Reunion Week, a series of one-off episodes of classic game shows for the network's morning show, Good Morning America, in exchange for promotion of the September 2008 Play It Back programming blocks, which will feature marathons of game shows from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.

GSN has also been using its old name "Game Show Network" in the past year. On press releases and on their new GSN Radio, the network is referred to as "GSN, The Game Show Network". It is not known if GSN will start using the name on television any time soon.

Despite the forays into reality series, made-for-TV sports, and documentaries, GSN's programming has always remained mostly game shows. As the only U.S. cable/satellite network largely devoted to game shows for adults, GSN is a prototypical niche operation. It remains to be seen whether such a concentrated focus is commercially viable in the long run. Currently, GSN is available in slightly over half of all U.S. households; it also is available from most Canadian cable and satellite providers. The network's financial performance and household availability have improved in recent years, although it suffered setbacks in 2007 when major cable provider Comcast moved GSN from basic cable to digital packages in many markets. As of January, 2008, GSN primetime (8-11pm) was placed at #47 of the top 50 cable networks, up from 50th in the previous survey.

In July, 2007, GSN President Rich Cronin announced his departure from the network. In a statement he said: "I am honored to have led a great team of creative business people in pioneering interactive television games and in growing GSN so dramatically." During Cronin's six-year tenure, the network expanded its U.S. household availability from 31 million to 64 million. However, ratings have dropped steadily for the network since 2004. David Goldhill, former president of Universal Television Group, was announced at the end of July as Cronin's replacement, effective August 1.

GSN has also produced several original series. In the channel's early days, Club A.M. was a three-hour block consisting of five classic game shows, surrounded by thirty minutes' worth of interstitial trivia, interviews with game show producers, personalities, contestants and fans, and interactive call-in games, all hosted by Laura Chambers and Steve Day (which was also rerun in late night, with some new segments, under the title Late Night Games). Prime Games was a similarly formatted show aired weeknights and hosted by Peter Tomarken. Wide World of Games was a Saturday night block of four shows built around a common theme.

After a few years, these shows were replaced by Game TV, a half-hour interview show hosted by Nancy Sullivan and Dave Nemeth; Game World, which showed highlights of current game shows from around the world; and standalone 30-minute call-in games like Super Decades and Trivia Track. Later, the channel attempted a Gong Show remake called Extreme Gong, hosted by George Gray, in which the viewers could phone in their votes as to whether to 'gong' acts off the air; and Throut And Neck, where viewers controlled video game characters with their phones. The network also programmed Burt Luddin's Love Buffet, a combination of scripted scenes and a "game show within the show." But all these efforts were eventually canceled and removed from the network's schedule.

Traditional game show offerings since 2000 have included Hollywood Showdown, All New 3's a Crowd, Mall Masters, Whammy! The All-New Press Your Luck, Friend or Foe? (a game based around the Prisoner's Dilemma), Russian Roulette, WinTuition, Cram, and National Lampoon's Funny Money. The most successful GSN original game show was Lingo, a Chuck Woolery-hosted remake of a 1980s Canadian format in which teams guess five-letter words in a combination of Jotto/Mastermind and bingo. The network produced six seasons of the show from 2001-2008.

Originals debuting in 2006 included PlayMania, a late-night call-in game that expanded from two to (at one point) six nights per week but was cancelled on October 31, 2007, and a remake of Chain Reaction, which had long finished its second season and a renewal for a third season has not been announced as reruns from both seasons 1 and 2 currently air on the network. That's the Question, Starface, and a revival of I've Got a Secret also debuted in 2006. Also debuting in July 2007 were Camouflage, remade as a word game, and Without Prejudice?, a remake of a British show where five people decided which contestant would win $25,000 based in part on their responses to questioning. Debuting on August 4, 2007 was Grand Slam, a game show involving big winners from other shows, including Ken Jennings, John Carpenter and Brad Rutter.

For 2008, a US version of a BBC game called How Much Is Enough? debuted on January 8, hosted by actor Corbin Bernsen, and then in April, Bingo America made its debut with Patrick Duffy of Dallas and Step by Step fame as host, while on July 21, as somewhat of a tie-in with the movie 21, Merrill Heatter returned to quiz show producing with Catch 21 hosted by actor-singer-dancer Alfonso Ribeiro, with actress Mikki Padilla as the dealer. GSN also relaunched a live interactive call-in interstitial series by premiering GSN Live, which airs during commercial breaks between 12 PM and 6 PM Eastern Monday through Friday. Originally the series took place over a three hour span, with KNBC sports anchor and NBC Sports contributor Fred Roggin and actress Heidi Bohay hosting the interstitial segments. Later in the year GSN expanded the series to the six hours it has now, with Roggin moving to the 3 PM to 6 PM block with Kelly Packard while Alfonso Ribeiro replaced him earlier in the day. Packard was forced to leave her position shortly after taking it, and Roggin has hosted with a guest host since.

The network has run blocks of classic game shows on Saturday nights, and for the first few months of 2006 programmed back-to-back episodes of Match Game in a block billed as That '70s Hour (a pun on That '70s Show), which showed the clapperboard before each episode, including the original date of taping and production number, as well as Match Game trivia and brief clips of an interview with host Gene Rayburn produced shortly before his death.

During the Summer of 2006, the network began a special seven-week run of The 50 Greatest Game Shows of All Time.

In November 2006, GSN started a series of eight documentaries about game shows, beginning with a program on Match Game titled Match Game: Behind The Blanks. Other subjects included game show producer Chuck Barris, Who Wants To Be a Millionaire, a "Top Ten" countdown of game show hosts, memorable game show moments, women who have featured prominently on game shows, celebrities and how they impacted game shows, and an insider's guide to winning on a TV game show. One particularly interesting subject was the installments of Press Your Luck in which Michael Larson won more than $100,000 in cash and prizes by memorizing the sequences of the board then used, which was the subject of Big Bucks: The "Press Your Luck" Scandal. Peter Tomarken, who had then hosted Press Your Luck, hosted and narrated this documentary in 2003. The documentary became Game Show Network's most watched show ever (a title it still holds) scoring a 1.7 at one time during the show.

In 2007, the network debuted two new specials: the National Vocabulary Championship, with a show airing on April 15, 2007 showcasing the first year of the event, and a broadcast of the Cat Fanciers' Association International Cat Show, Catminster.

In November 2008, GSN and Meow Mix presented a special entitled Think Like a Cat, hosted by Chuck Woolery, with a top prize of $1,000,000, one of the few times a game show on cable TV has $1,000,000 as a grand prize.

GSN's rerun programming comes primarily from two sources: FremantleMedia and GSN parent company Sony.

From Fremantle, the network licenses the Mark Goodson-Bill Todman game show library, which includes titles such as Match Game, Family Feud, Card Sharks, Trivia Trap, Now You See It, Double Dare, Body Language, Blockbusters, Password Plus and Super Password.

In the beginning of the network, GSN regularly showcased vintage Goodson-Todman game and panel shows from the 1950s and 1960s--many of which were either originally broadcast or only preserved in black-and-white--such as What's My Line?, I've Got a Secret, To Tell the Truth, Beat the Clock, and others. These classic shows made up much of the channel's lineup at the outset, but have been gradually cut back in prominence since the late '90s. On October 1, 2006, only What's My Line? had a regular spot on the schedule, late Sunday/early Monday at 3:00 AM Eastern; it was followed by a selection from various 1950s-1970s Goodson-Todman shows, usually another panel game. On December 31, GSN reinstated the Black and White Overnight to 7 days a week at 3am-4am, showcasing What's My Line? and I've Got a Secret in the block; other shows, including Choose Up Sides, The Name's the Same, and the Bud Collyer-hosted primetime version of To Tell the Truth have been featured, with the latter currently airing following What's My Line?. GSN cancelled Black and White Overnight, effective March 31, 2009.

GSN, in addition to its Goodson-Todman library, features other shows such as Press Your Luck, Let's Make a Deal (both of which are included in the Goodson-Todman license from FremantleMedia, although made by other companies), The Newlywed Game and Love Connection, Tic-Tac-Dough, Jeopardy!, and Wheel of Fortune, along with more recent fare such as the 2000 version of Twenty-One and Dog Eat Dog. In October 2003, GSN acquired the rerun rights to Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? and have added more episodes since, including the Who Wants to Be a Super Millionaire spin-off in the spring of 2005 and the Meredith Vieira-hosted syndicated series beginning in fall 2008. Most of these shows are owned by Sony.

Among the most well-known classic game shows previously aired regularly on the network, other than Price - The Joker's Wild, Tattletales, Hollywood Squares, The Dating Game, and various versions of Pyramid. Some of these shows still continued to be aired occasionally as part of special events, such as Dick Clark's Pyramid in honor of New Year's Rockin' Eve on December 31.

The Price is Right, Goodson-Todman's longest-running game show, did not appear on GSN until December 1996. Episodes of TPiR that featured fur coats or other animal-related prizes were not aired, following Bob Barker's animal-rights wishes; therefore, the show's GSN premiere was delayed almost two years in order to remove such episodes from the rotation (however episodes with furs and puppies offered were aired, the former by mistake on three occasions). The show originally appeared on GSN in occasional preemptions of regularly scheduled series such as Match Game or Family Feud and earned a regular spot less than a year before the network's "dark period".

Various versions of the show were broadcast - specifically those hosted by Barker, Bill Cullen, and Tom Kennedy (plus one episode sub-hosted by 1972-77 nighttime host Dennis James that aired on the day of his death in 1997). In December 1996, Price began airing regularly on the schedule, with half-hour Barker eps in the morning and hour-long episodes in the afternoon and evening, Kennedy shows in late night, and the Cullen version as part of what was then billed as "Sentimental Sunday". No Doug Davidson or nighttime James/Barker episodes were ever aired - the latter due to both Barker's fur ban and an apparent dismay by GSN since less than 50 episodes could be legally aired due to many furs being offered throughout the eight-year run.

GSN's contract to air Price expired in April 2000 and has not been renewed as of today. Most Price reruns are held not entirely by FremantleMedia, but also through CBS Television Distribution, as CBS is currently a part owner of the American Price franchise; GSN would have to pay royalties to both CBS and Fremantle to gain the rights to the show.

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