Alec Baldwin is about to find out what happens when celebrities get chummy and competitive. The actor has signed on to host ABC’s revival of Match Game.
Produced by FremantleMedia North America, the popular game show will return to the air for a 10-episode run beginning on June 26.
“I am beyond grateful to ABC and FremantleMedia for the chance to host a summer series of the legendary Match Game,” Baldwin in a release. “Hilaria [his wife] and I are thrilled to donate this fee to arts related charities. And we look forward to having a lot of fun.”
He also shared the news via Twitter, writing, “This secret nearly made me BLANK! I’m hosting a new version of #MatchGame June 26, part of Sunday Fun & Games on ABC! @MatchGameABC.”
The comedy-meets-trivia show — of which there were a handful of iterations from the ’60s to the ’90s and a Ricki Lake-helmed one-off for Gameshow Marathon on CBS in 2006 — lets two contestants score prizes for guessing how a panel of six celebrities will answer fill-in-the-blank questions.
Baldwin, who is also set to serve as an executive producer of the program, will tape 10 one-hour episodes in New York City. The 30 Rock alum’s new show will air Sundays at 10 p.m. this summer as part of ABC’s gameshow night. Steve Harvey’s Celebrity Family Feud and Michael Strahan’s The $100,000 Pyramid will also be part of the three-hour block.
Match Game marks Baldwin’s first foray into the gameshow world. He previously hosted a talk show, Up Late with Alec Baldwin, on MSNBC in 2013, and he has hosted Saturday Night Live 16 times since 1990, more than anyone else.
Vulture was first to report the news of Baldwin’s new gig.