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‘$25,000 Pyramid’ Contender to Replace ‘Guiding Light’

A new version of "The $25,000 Pyramid" from Sony and producer Michael Davies ("Who Wants to Be a Millionaire") is one of the projects CBS is considering as a replacement for "Guiding Light."

The $25,000 Pyramid

Neither Sony nor CBS would comment. However, two people familiar with the situation said Mr. Davies and Sony have come up with a reworking of the classic "Pyramid" game show format designed to fit into CBS' daytime lineup.

The new take likely would be an hour in order to fill the timeslot vacated by "Guiding Light," which ends its CBS run in September.

While "Pyramid" is a contender to replace "Light," it's not CBS' only option. The network is said to be considering contenders produced in-house, including talk shows.

Whatever CBS chooses to replace "Light," the network may want to launch a property with a pre-sold brand attached. Luring new audiences to daytime won't be easy, and having a show with a concept or host that's already well-known would make CBS' marketing job easier.

"Pyramid," of course, fits that mold—and is no stranger to CBS. The Dick Clark-hosted "$10,000 Pyramid" bowed on CBS daytime in 1973. It later moved to ABC, as well as syndication, and then returned to CBS in the 1980s, running until 1988.

Sony last attempted to revive "Pyramid" in 2002, launching a syndie version of the show with Donny Osmond as host.

The studio is already a leading supplier of daytime programming to networks, distributing Corday Productions' "Days of Our Lives" to NBC and producing "The Young and the Restless" for CBS.

(Editor: Baumann)