Friday Nights Are Bingo Nights at ABC

Ed Sanders will be the host of "National Bingo Night." Sanders started his career in the U.K. in the television series "Dream Team," about a premiership soccer team. He hosted the British version of "Fear Factor" before he joined ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition's" design team.

Sunil Narkar will be a co-host on the show. They call him "Commissioner Sunil," and his main responsibility will be checking the contestants' bingo cards while wearing black-and-white referee stripes. If a contestant is erroneous in a "Bingo!" cry, he's the first to say so. His phrase that doesn't pay is, "No Bingo! Play still on!"

Game Show Legacy

It's no secret that network game shows are popular. Each game has its own legion of fans.

NBC's "Deal or No Deal," hosted by Howie Mandel, has been a smash hit for the genre and its network. According to Nielsen ratings for September 2006, the second-season premiere episode of "Deal or No Deal" was the 11th most-watched network prime-time show in total audience and NBC's most watched program.

ABC's "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" first aired in 1999, and it's still going strong in syndication. It is currently hosted by Meredith Vieira and millions tune in to test their trivia knowledge every day.

Bringing Bingo Back?

Bingo players across the country hope a national televised game will bring a fresh following to their game.

Bock told ABC News, "If it generates any interest about bingo then it will be a positive."

Bingo is, after all, a major form of fundraising for many private groups.

Al Carpenter, a representative for New York state's American Legion -- one of the nation's largest bingo outlets -- told ABC News, "[Bingo] is one of our mainstays, as far as fundraisers and other activities go that we do on the behalf of veterans and the community."

Carpenter said the number of people who used to play bingo dropped considerably after bingo halls across the country banned smoking.

He hopes ABC's show will reinvigorate love for the numbers game.

"It may bring back to mind, 'Oh gee, I haven't played that in a while, maybe I oughta play it again,'" he said.

It is uncertain whether or not "National Bingo Night" will be a success in ABC's TV lineup.

CBS is about to lose one of its game show legends -- Bob Barker of "The Price is Right." Barker steps down from his 35-year hosting post on June 6, at the age of 82.

Who will be the next Bob Barker?

ABC hopes Friday night's show will be the first of many for Ed Sanders, and if the show does well, bingo! He could be the next legend-in-the-making.

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