GSN Pays Tribute to Barker
Network features 'TPIR' host on other game shows
The cable network has several nights of tribute programming scheduled in honor of the 83-year-old Barker, who is retiring from his 35-year run on "The Price Is Right" in June. In addition to recognizing his place in the pantheon of game-show hosts, GSN will feature several vintage shows in which Barker was a panelist rather than the host.
"Bob Barker has been a welcome and constant fixture in American households for a half century," says Rich Cronin, president and CEO of GSN. "We wanted to take this opportunity to reflect on his life-spanning career in a way that only GSN can -- it's our way of congratulating him on the most extraordinary career in the game show world."
Starting Tuesday, May 15, the network will air episodes of "The Match Game" that featured Barker as a celebrity panelist -- along with the likes of Charles Nelson Reilly and Richard Dawson -- at 9 and 9:30 p.m. ET. The shows originally aired between 1975 and '78. Those same nights will also feature Barker and the "Barker Beauties" appearing on "Family Feud" in 1991, where they squared off against cast members from "The Young and the Restless."
The tribute concludes on Saturday, May 19, with the special "Game Show Countdown: Top 10 Hosts" at 7 p.m., and later that night, a 1972 edition of "I've Got a Secret" with Barker as a panelist and a little-seen episode of "Tattletales" from 1976 in which he filled in for regular host Bert Convy.
Viewers will also be able to vote on Barker's "Price Is Right" replacement in a poll on the network's web site, and a "TPIR" staffer will host the late-night show "quiznation" during that week.