Look what’s coming back to TV: ABC has ordered new episodes of Press Your Luck and Card Sharks, two game shows that first debuted in the ’70s and ’80s.
Press Your Luck is described by ABC as a “a game of wits, strategy and even higher stakes as contestants try to avoid the iconic and devilish WHAMMY for a chance at life-changing cash and prizes.” Card Sharks involves — you guessed it — lots of cards being turned over in order to win a big prize.
Maybe it’s best to let ABC do the explaining: “Card Sharks is a game where one turn of a playing card can make you a winner or a loser!” according to a network statement. “The road to glory and riches begins with two players who face off in a head-to-head elimination game with the goal of one player making it to the grand prize winning deck. The anticipation builds as each contestant has to decide if the odds are worth the risk of losing it all and making it to the big game. Ultimately, players can either take their earned cash and quit or continue betting with the hope of reaching the top for a chance to take home a life-changing cash prize.”
Press Your Luck was created by Bill Carruthers and Jan McCormack and first premiered on CBS in 1983. It was canceled three years later. Card Sharks is from Chester Feldman and first debuted on NBC on 1978 before being revived in 1986 for CBS and in syndication from 2001-02.
The new versions are expected to premiere this summer.