Dennis Miller Swings to 'Grand Slam'
GSN series will pit top game-show winners against each other
The cable network is importing the British format "Grand Slam" to these shores starting in August. The show, hosted by Dennis Miller, will pit 16 champions from such shows as "Jeopardy!," "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," "Weakest Link" and GSN's own "Lingo" in a tournament to crown the best of the best. The winner walks away with $100,000.
"Grand Slam" will be Miller's first crack at hosting a game show. The former "Saturday Night Live" star and talk-show host currently has a syndicated radio show. Amanda Byram ("Paradise Hotel") will be his co-host.
Michael Davies, who brought "Millionaire" to the United States" and produces "Chain Reaction" for GSN, is executive producing the show. "'Grand Slam' is "the best game-show format I've seen come out of the U.K. since 'Millionaire,' and Dennis Miller is someone I've wanted to work with my entire career," he says. "Moreover, I just can't wait to see who wins."
The field will include such quiz-show luminaries as "Jeopardy!" legend Ken Jennings; John Carpenter, the first person to take "Millionaire's" top prize; Brad Rutter, another "Jeopardy!" champ who's won more than $3 million on the show; and Dr. Kevin Olmstead, who won the biggest single prize ever given out on "Millionaire." Other contestants will be announced closer to the show's Aug. 7 premiere.