ABC has tapped “Pitch Perfect’s” Elizabeth Banks to host its new iteration of the classic game show “Press Your Luck.”
Described as a “game of wits, strategy and even higher stakes,” the rebooted “Press Your Luck” is set to debut on the network on Wednesday, June 12 alongside an updated version of the game show “Card Sharks,” which is hosted by Joel McHale.
“Elizabeth Banks is exactly the type of woman we want on ABC – she’s a big star who’s smart, strong and funny,” ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke said in a statement. “She has everything we need as the host of ‘Press Your Luck,’ one of our signature summer game shows. If anyone can ride herd on the Whammy, it’s Elizabeth!”
“Press Your Luck” is executive produced by Jennifer Mullin, Elizabeth Banks, Max Handelman and John Quinn, who also serves as showrunner. The Fremantle-produced game show joins an ABC roster which also includes “Celebrity Family Feud,” “$100,000 Pyramid,” “Match Game” and “To Tell the Truth.”
Similarly to the original iterations of “Press Your Luck,” each episode of the reboot will see three contestants compete against each other answering questions to earn spins on the “Big Board.” Contestants then use their spins to win cash and prizes while trying to avoid the “WHAMMY,” who could take all of their winnings and leave them with nothing. The new version also features an “All-New Bonus Round” where the winner will face the “WHAMMY” in a final battle for the chance to win a fortune.