Andy Richter wrapping deal to host new version of `Pyramid’ for CBS
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Conan O’Brien’s not the only one with a new gig.
Andy Richter, O’Brien’s long time sidekick, who has also tried his luck at sitcoms, is looking to add a daytime job to his resume. He is sealing a deal to become host of the latest remake of the game show ‘Pyramid,’ which Sony Pictures Television and Michael Davies’ Embassy Row production company are developing for CBS and that Davies is on board to produce.
Landing the right host has been a big challenge for Sony and Davies. Last year, there were two pilots made, one with Dean Cain as host, the other with Tim Vincent, and neither got off the ground. An effort to land Howie Mandel fell short. Brad Garrett, familiar to CBS viewers from his years on ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ was also briefly considered as host.
If ‘Pyramid’ gets picked up, Richter will be very busy since he is also going back to work for O’Brien on the TBS late night show that premieres in November. Perhaps, to borrow from his short-lived Fox sitcom, Andy Richter really will control the universe.
‘Pyramid’ will face heavy competition to get on CBS’s daytime television schedule. Although the network has some holes because of the cancellation of the soap opera ‘As the World Turns,’ it also has a daytime chat show in development featuring ‘Big Brother’ and ‘Early Show’ host Julie Chen, who happens to be the wife of CBS Chief Executive Leslie Moonves. The network also is working on a show for daytime with chef Emeril Lagasse.
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