GSN's Lingo History
In 2002, GSN revived Lingo, a popular game show from the 1980's, which has also been revived around the world since. GSN decided to pick up Chuck Woolery, former game show host of Love Connection and Wheel of Fortune, and others. Starting in 2004, Lingo's third season, GSN picked up Stacey Hayes as Chuck's new co-host. Later in Lingo's fourth season she would be replaced by Shandi Finnessey. There were several rumors before the season 4 premiere that Stacey Hayes would be replaced. During Lingo's fourth season it was official that the new model would be Miss USA's Shandi Finnessey.
With new model Shandi Finnessey, it was obvious that Lingo had become a hit, and very quickly was renewed for a fifth season. For Lingo's sixth season, GSN raised the Lingo jackpot each day by $1,000 starting at $10,000. Lingo in 2007 was cancelled after its sixth season, mainly due to lack of variety.
It was announced on January 13, 2011 that GSN would renew Lingo for 40 episodes, with comedian Bill Engvall as the host. We knew that the set, gameplay and top prize would be changed. It was later announced that the new Lingo would have a $100,000 top prize, and air in primetime weeknights at 8pm.
In the 40 episodes of the new Lingo, two teams would play against each other solving five letter words. Each word in round one was worth $100, each word in round two was $200, and round three words were worth $500 each.
In the end round, the winning team would go on to play for $100,000. For each word you get, your winnings double from what you won in the main game (which was around $1,500-$2,500). Solving five words in 90 seconds would get you $100,000.
Cancellation or not?
Throughout the Summer of 2011 it became obvious that Lingo was a success, having six slots each weekday, and a total of 41 spots a week on the schedule. On August 29, 2011, it was announced that Lingo would be cut back, along with other failing GSN originals Improv-a-Ganza and Love Triangle. By November, the new Lingo had 10 slots or less per week, and continues to maintain the 2:30pm and 1:30am weekday slots.
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