Looks like ABC has found quite a creative match with Alec Baldwin.
This morning, the Disney-owned network has put in the order for a third season renewal for the Baldwin-hosted “Match Game.” The renewal comes in addition to the signing of a two-year first-look deal between ABC and Baldwin’s El Dorado Pictures. Under the new deal, El Dorado Pictures will develop new scripted and unscripted projects under the ABC Studios banner, with El Dorado’s development executive, Mallory Schwartz, overseeing the slate, which Baldwin will executive produce.
Originally premiering in 1962 with Gene Rayburn as its host, “Match Game” has gone through several different iterations and revivals over the decades. The latest version of the series follows four contestants as they try to match answers given by six celebrities with funny, and often edgy, fill-in-the-blank questions. The panelists in question can range from famous comedians to theatre, TV, and film stars. Earlier this year, Baldwin earned a 2017 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality Competition Program for his work on the series.
Channing Dungey, President of pABC Entertainment, commented on the “Match Game” renewal with the following:
“Alec’s quick wit, charm and star power set the stage for an unadulterated and can’t-miss hour of television each week on ‘Match Game. The series is an integral part of ABC ‘Fun & Games,’ and I’m glad to have it and Alec back.”
“Alec Baldwin is one of the most prolific, creative people in the entertainment industry,” added Patrick Moran, president, ABC Studios. “We’re looking forward to channeling that creativity for our studio.”