Pyramid (game show)
Pyramid is an American television game show franchise that has aired several versions domestically and internationally. The original series, The $10,000 Pyramid, debuted March 26, 1973, spawned seven subsequent Pyramid series. Most series featured a full title format matching the original series, with the title reflecting the top prize increase from $10,000, $20,000, $25,000, $50,000 to $100,000 over the years; the game features two contestants, each paired with a celebrity. Contestants attempt to guess a series of words or phrases based on descriptions given to them by their teammates; the title refers to the show's pyramid-shaped gameboard, featuring six categories arranged in a triangular fashion. The various Pyramid series have won a total of nine Daytime Emmys for Outstanding Game Show, second only to Jeopardy!, which has won 13. Dick Clark is the host most associated with the show, having hosted every incarnation from 1973 to 1988, with the exception of the original version of The $25,000 Pyramid, which aired in weekly syndication from 1974 until 1979 and was hosted by Bill Cullen.
The $100,000 Pyramid was revived for a brief 1991 run with John Davidson hosting. In 2002 the series was revived as Pyramid, with Donny Osmond hosting for two seasons. GSN's The Pyramid was hosted by Mike Richards and aired for a single forty-episode season in 2012. A revival of The $100,000 Pyramid debuted June 26, 2016, on ABC with Michael Strahan as host; the Strahan version has been renewed for a fourth season. The $10,000 Pyramid, with host Dick Clark, made its network debut on March 26, 1973 and was a ratings hit, sustaining its ratings when episodes were delayed or preempted by the Watergate hearings. A year the ratings temporarily declined and CBS canceled it; the show was picked up by ABC and began airing on that network on May 6, 1974. As per CBS custom at the time with celebrity game shows, three weeks of episodes for CBS were taped in Hollywood at CBS Television City, Studio 31; the remainder of the 1973–81 episodes originated in New York City at the Ed Sullivan Theater, moving to ABC's Elysee Theatre after Pyramid switched networks.
Beginning on January 19, 1976, the series doubled its top prize and was retitled The $20,000 Pyramid. From October 1 to November 9, 1979, the series became Junior Partner Pyramid, which scrapped the usual celebrity-contestant pairings in favor of children playing the game with a parent or other adult relative, its last episode aired June 27, 1980, with Family Feud subsequently moving up a half-hour to take over the 12:00 noon slot occupied by The $20,000 Pyramid. On September 20, 1982, the series returned to the CBS daytime lineup as The $25,000 Pyramid, again with Clark as host, but now taped in Los Angeles full-time at CBS Television City's Studio 33 and remained there for the entire run up until December 31, 1987. Blackout began airing in the series' 10:00 a.m. timeslot the following Monday, but that show was canceled after 13 weeks of episodes. On April 4, 1988, The $25,000 Pyramid returned to the CBS daytime schedule, but only for 13 more weeks; the show's final episode aired on July 1.
The following Monday, the show was replaced by a revival of Family Feud hosted by Ray Combs. Concurrent with the network show's run, several nighttime versions of the show were sold to local stations though syndication: the original $25,000 Pyramid and The $50,000 Pyramid were taped in the Elysee Theatre in New York, the original version of The $100,000 Pyramid taped at Studio 33 in Hollywood. A revival of The $100,000 Pyramid, hosted by John Davidson, ran from January until December 1991 and taped in Studio 31. Pyramid, hosted by Donny Osmond, ran from September 16, 2002 to September 10, 2004 and was taped at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, California; the Pyramid was taped at the CBS Studio Center. Strahan's The $100,000 Pyramid is taped at the ABC Television Center in New York. In late 1996, Sony Pictures Television produced a pilot for a new version of Pyramid, with Mark Walberg as host, which featured a format radically different from the earlier versions, including an increase of the number of celebrities to six, each of which would be assigned to a different main game subject.
It did not sell, but Sony tried again the following year, this time with Chuck Woolery at the helm and a format closer to the original, although the six-celebrity motif from the previous pilot remained. This version failed to sell, but two years after the success of its series Rock and Roll Jeopardy! on VH1, Sony attempted to give Pyramid similar treatment with a 1999 pilot called Pyramid Rocks. Hosted by Bil Dwyer, the format attempted to incorporate music into the game, but proved no more successful than the previous two attempts at reviving the series. Following CBS's cancellation of Guiding Light in April 2009, Pyramid was one of three potential series considered as a replacement for the veteran soap opera. During the tapings that took place in June of that year at the Kaufman Astoria Studios in New York, the top prize was raised to a potential $1,000,000 with a tournament format similar to the $100,000 format. Dean Cain and Tim Vincent were tapped as hosts of the pilots, with $50,000 announcer Alan Kalter returning, Sony Pictures game show legend Ken Jennings served as a panelist in the pilots.
CBS passed on Pyramid and opted to pick up Let's Make a Deal, hosted by Wayne Brady, as Guiding Light's replacement. Several months in December 2009, CBS announced the cancellation of another l
CBS is an American English language commercial broadcast television and radio network, a flagship property of CBS Corporation. The company is headquartered at the CBS Building in New York City with major production facilities and operations in New York City and Los Angeles. CBS is sometimes referred to as the Eye Network, in reference to the company's iconic symbol, in use since 1951, it has been called the "Tiffany Network", alluding to the perceived high quality of CBS programming during the tenure of William S. Paley, it can refer to some of CBS's first demonstrations of color television, which were held in a former Tiffany & Co. building in New York City in 1950. The network has its origins in United Independent Broadcasters Inc. a collection of 16 radio stations, purchased by Paley in 1928 and renamed the Columbia Broadcasting System. Under Paley's guidance, CBS would first become one of the largest radio networks in the United States, one of the Big Three American broadcast television networks.
In 1974, CBS dropped its former full name and became known as CBS, Inc. The Westinghouse Electric Corporation acquired the network in 1995, renamed its corporate entity to the current CBS Broadcasting, Inc. in 1997, adopted the name of the company it had acquired to become CBS Corporation. In 2000, CBS came under the control of Viacom, formed as a spin-off of CBS in 1971. In late 2005, Viacom split itself into two separate companies and re-established CBS Corporation – through the spin-off of its broadcast television and select cable television and non-broadcasting assets – with the CBS television network at its core. CBS Corporation is controlled by Sumner Redstone through National Amusements, which controls the current Viacom. CBS operated the CBS Radio network until 2017, when it merged its radio division with Entercom. Prior to CBS Radio provided news and features content for its portfolio owned-and-operated radio stations in large and mid-sized markets, affiliated radio stations in various other markets.
While CBS Corporation owns a 72% stake in Entercom, it no longer owns or operates any radio stations directly, though CBS still provides radio news broadcasts to its radio affiliates and the new owners of its former radio stations. The television network has more than 240 owned-and-operated and affiliated television stations throughout the United States; the company ranked 197th on the 2018 Fortune 500 of the largest United States corporations by revenue. The origins of CBS date back to January 27, 1927, with the creation of the "United Independent Broadcasters" network in Chicago by New York City talent-agent Arthur Judson; the fledgling network soon needed additional investors though, the Columbia Phonograph Company, manufacturers of Columbia Records, rescued it in April 1927. Columbia Phonographic went on the air on September 18, 1927, with a presentation by the Howard L. Barlow Orchestra from flagship station WOR in Newark, New Jersey, fifteen affiliates. Operational costs were steep the payments to AT&T for use of its land lines, by the end of 1927, Columbia Phonograph wanted out.
In early 1928 Judson sold the network to brothers Isaac and Leon Levy, owners of the network's Philadelphia affiliate WCAU, their partner Jerome Louchheim. None of the three were interested in assuming day-to-day management of the network, so they installed wealthy 26-year-old William S. Paley, son of a Philadelphia cigar family and in-law of the Levys, as president. With the record company out of the picture, Paley streamlined the corporate name to "Columbia Broadcasting System", he believed in the power of radio advertising since his family's "La Palina" cigars had doubled their sales after young William convinced his elders to advertise on radio. By September 1928, Paley bought out the Louchhheim share of CBS and became its majority owner with 51% of the business. During Louchheim's brief regime, Columbia paid $410,000 to A. H. Grebe's Atlantic Broadcasting Company for a small Brooklyn station, WABC, which would become the network's flagship station. WABC was upgraded, the signal relocated to 860 kHz.
The physical plant was relocated – to Steinway Hall on West 57th Street in Manhattan, where much of CBS's programming would originate. By the turn of 1929, the network could boast to sponsors of having 47 affiliates. Paley moved right away to put his network on a firmer financial footing. In the fall of 1928, he entered into talks with Adolph Zukor of Paramount Pictures, who planned to move into radio in response to RCA's forays into motion pictures with the advent of talkies; the deal came to fruition in September 1929: Paramount acquired 49% of CBS in return for a block of its stock worth $3.8 million at the time. The agreement specified that Paramount would buy that same stock back by March 1, 1932 for a flat $5 million, provided CBS had earned $2 million during 1931 and 1932. For a brief time there was talk that the network might be renamed "Paramount Radio", but it only lasted a month – the 1929 stock market crash sent all stock value tumbling, it galvanized Paley and his troops, who "had no alternative but to turn the network around and earn the $2,000,000 in two years....
This is the atmosphere in which the CBS of today was born." The near-bankrupt movie studio sold its CBS shares back to CBS in 1932. In the first year of Paley's wa
Julius "Nipsey" Russell was an American comedian and dancer best known for his appearances as a panelist on game shows from the 1960s through the 1990s, including Match Game, Hollywood Squares, To Tell the Truth, Pyramid. His appearances were distinguished by short, humorous poems he recited during the broadcast, which led to his nickname "the poet laureate of television", he had one of the leading roles in the film version of The Wiz as the Tin Man. He was a frequent guest on the Dean Martin Celebrity Roast series. Julius Russell was born in Georgia, his birthdate and age are unclear. At the time of his 2005 death, friends said he was 80, and, the age reported in his obituaries; that implies a birth year of 1924 or 1925. Federal records suggest that he was born in 1918. Census documents record a Julius Russell in Atlanta aged 1 year 2 months in 1920, consistent with a birthdate in late 1918; the Social Security Death Index lists his birth date as September 15, 1918. He went to Booker T. Washington High School in Atlanta and attended the University of Cincinnati for one semester in 1936.
He served as a medic in the United States Army during World War II, enlisting as a private on June 27, 1941, returning from Europe in 1945 as a second lieutenant. He got his start as a comedian in the 1940s as a carhop at the Atlanta drive-in The Varsity, where he increased the tips he earned by making customers laugh, he was discovered. He subsequently made many "party albums", which were compilations of his stand-up routines. In 1952, Russell joined with film comedian Mantan Moreland for a stage act, replacing Ben Carter as Moreland's dapper straight man. One of their bits was an old routine that Moreland and Carter had performed in vaudeville and in Charlie Chan films. In the "interruption routine" Moreland would engage Russell in conversation, only to be interrupted by Russell, who in turn was interrupted by Moreland: Soon the entire conversation was conducted in incomplete sentences, with each man anticipating or contradicting the other, their act can be seen in two all-black-cast compilation films and Blues Review and Rock and Roll Revue.
A September 1957 appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show led to several guest spots with Jack Paar on The Tonight Show and in 1961 a supporting role as a New York policeman in the sitcom Car 54, Where Are You?. In 1965 he became a co-host of ABC's Les Crane Show. In 1970 he was a co-star on the ABC sitcom Barefoot in the Park. From 1973 through 1976 he appeared on The Dean Martin Show and The Dean Martin Comedy World. Scattered appearances on television series followed, as well as occasional guest-host stints on The Tonight Show during the Johnny Carson era. Russell appeared in Las Vegas, including a series of appearances with Sergio Franchi at the Frontier Hotel in 1978 and 1979, with Franchi in 1979 at the Sands Hotel Copa Room, he performed at Kutsher's Country Club in Monticello, NY on January 1, 1977. Russell became the first black performer to become a regular panelist on a daily network game show when he joined ABC's Missing Links in 1964. Another ABC show and Reason, had poetry as a premise: In 1971 he started as a featured panelist on To Tell the Truth, which led to his being hired for The Match Game when Goodson-Todman Productions revived it two years later.
He served as panelist in 1968 on the syndicated version of What's My Line?. Producer Bob Stewart featured him as a panelist on Pyramid throughout its 1970s and 1980s runs. Russell would host two game show pilots: one was Star Words for Mark Goodson in 1983 and a revival of Jackpot for Bob Stewart in 1984; these pilots were shot for CBS. Russell went on to host two revivals of Jack Barry and Dan Enright's Juvenile Jury for BET from 1983 to 1984 again for syndication from 1989 to 1991. In 1985 he hosted the short-lived 1985 NBC game show Your Number's Up, produced by Sande Stewart. During his appearances on game shows, at some point in the broadcast the host would give the floor to Russell, who would recite a self-penned poem from memory, looking straight into the camera; these poems from game show appearances are typical of his style and wit: He was a trained dancer, influenced in his youth by Jack Wiggins. Russell put these talents to use in the 1978 musical The Wiz as the Tin Man, he appeared on the big screen in 1994's adaptation of Car 54, Where Are You?, reprising his role as Anderson, now promoted from sergeant to captain.
During the 1990s Russell gained popularity with a new generation of television viewers as a regular on Late Night with Conan O'Brien. Russell appeared during comedy sketches between scheduled guests and delivered his trademark rhymes. Russell's final TV appearance was as a panelist on a game show–themed week on the final season of the Tom Bergeron version of Hollywood Squares in 2003, he died in 2005 after suffering from cancer. His ashes were scattered in the Atlantic Ocean. Nipsey Russell on IMDb "Nipsey Russell Dies at 82", WCBS TV, October 3, 2005 "Rhyming Funnyman Nipsey Russell Dies", The Washington Post, October 4, 2005 "Nipsey Russell, a Comic With a Gift for Verse, Dies at 80", New York Times, October 4, 2005 "A Tribute to Comedian Nipsey Russell", audio clip from NPR's All Things Considered, October 4, 2005 Nipsey Russell at Find a Grave
The National Broadcasting Company is an American English-language commercial terrestrial television network, a flagship property of NBCUniversal, a subsidiary of Comcast. The network is headquartered at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City, with additional major offices near Los Angeles and Philadelphia; the network is one of the Big Three television networks. NBC is sometimes referred to as the "Peacock Network", in reference to its stylized peacock logo, introduced in 1956 to promote the company's innovations in early color broadcasting, it became the network's official emblem in 1979. Founded in 1926 by the Radio Corporation of America, NBC is the oldest major broadcast network in the United States. At that time the parent company of RCA was General Electric. In 1930, GE was forced to sell the companies as a result of antitrust charges. In 1986, control of NBC passed back to General Electric through its $6.4 billion purchase of RCA. Following the acquisition by GE, Bob Wright served as chief executive officer of NBC, remaining in that position until his retirement in 2007, when he was succeeded by Jeff Zucker.
In 2003, French media company Vivendi merged its entertainment assets with GE, forming NBC Universal. Comcast purchased a controlling interest in the company in 2011, acquired General Electric's remaining stake in 2013. Following the Comcast merger, Zucker left NBCUniversal and was replaced as CEO by Comcast executive Steve Burke. NBC has thirteen owned-and-operated stations and nearly 200 affiliates throughout the United States and its territories, some of which are available in Canada and/or Mexico via pay-television providers or in border areas over-the-air. During a period of early broadcast business consolidation, radio manufacturer Radio Corporation of America acquired New York City radio station WEAF from American Telephone & Telegraph. Westinghouse, a shareholder in RCA, had a competing outlet in Newark, New Jersey pioneer station WJZ, which served as the flagship for a loosely structured network; this station was transferred from Westinghouse to RCA in 1923, moved to New York City. WEAF acted as a laboratory for AT&T's manufacturing and supply outlet Western Electric, whose products included transmitters and antennas.
The Bell System, AT&T's telephone utility, was developing technologies to transmit voice- and music-grade audio over short and long distances, using both wireless and wired methods. The 1922 creation of WEAF offered a research-and-development center for those activities. WEAF maintained a regular schedule of radio programs, including some of the first commercially sponsored programs, was an immediate success. In an early example of "chain" or "networking" broadcasting, the station linked with Outlet Company-owned WJAR in Providence, Rhode Island. C. WCAP. New parent RCA saw an advantage in sharing programming, after getting a license for radio station WRC in Washington, D. C. in 1923, attempted to transmit audio between cities via low-quality telegraph lines. AT&T refused outside companies access to its high-quality phone lines; the early effort fared poorly, since the uninsulated telegraph lines were susceptible to atmospheric and other electrical interference. In 1925, AT&T decided that WEAF and its embryonic network were incompatible with the company's primary goal of providing a telephone service.
AT&T offered to sell the station to RCA in a deal that included the right to lease AT&T's phone lines for network transmission. RCA spent $1 million to purchase WEAF and Washington sister station WCAP, shut down the latter station, merged its facilities with surviving station WRC; the division's ownership was split among RCA, its founding corporate parent General Electric and Westinghouse. NBC started broadcasting on November 15, 1926. WEAF and WJZ, the flagships of the two earlier networks, were operated side-by-side for about a year as part of the new NBC. On January 1, 1927, NBC formally divided their respective marketing strategies: the "Red Network" offered commercially sponsored entertainment and music programming. Various histories of NBC suggest the color designations for the two networks came from the color of the pushpins NBC engineers used to designate affiliate stations of WEAF and WJZ, or from the use of double-ended red and blue colored pencils. On April 5, 1927, NBC expanded to the West Coast with the launch of the NBC Orange Network known as the Pacific Coast Network.
This was followed by the debut of the NBC Gold Network known as the Pacific Gold Network, on October 18, 1931. The Orange Network carried Red Network programming, the Gold Network carried programming from the Blue Network; the Orange Network recreated Eastern Red Network programming for West Coast stations at KPO in San Francisco. In 1936, the Orange Network affiliate stations became part of the Red Network, at the same time the Gold Network became part of the Blue Network. In the 1930s, NBC developed a network for shortwave radio stations, called the NBC White Network. In 1927, NBC moved its operations to 711 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, occupying the upper floors of a building de
Eugene Edward Wood was an American television personality, known for his work as an announcer on various game shows. From the 1960s to the 1990s, he announced many game shows Mark Goodson–Bill Todman productions such as Family Feud, Card Sharks and Beat the Clock. Wood served a brief stint as a host on this last show, on another show entitled Anything You Can Do. After retiring from game shows in 1996, Wood worked as an announcer for the Game Show Network until his retirement in 1998. Born in Quincy, Wood majored in speech and theater at Emerson College, his early career included stand-up comedy, television commercials, writing for Bob Keeshan of Captain Kangaroo fame. This work included a Terrytoons-produced cartoon series that aired on the Captain Kangaroo show called The Adventures of Lariat Sam, for which Wood supplied voices and sang the theme song. Wood had a comedy career pairing with partner Bill Dana, performing their comedy act at nightclubs, his first role as a game show announcer came as a substitute on the ABC version of Supermarket Sweep in 1966.
Wood hosted the 1971–72 season of the short-lived game show Anything You Can Do, which featured teams of men competing against teams of women in stunts similar to Beat the Clock. He appeared as a celebrity panelist on one week of Match Game in 1974. By 1976, Wood had become a regular announcer for Goodson–Todman, working as voice-over for many of the company's game shows. In addition to his role as announcer, Wood served as a warm-up act for the audiences on these shows, performed a series of comedy skits. Among his most popular jobs was as announcer on the original version of Family Feud; the original version, hosted by Richard Dawson, ran on ABC from 1976 to 1985, when Family Feud was revived in 1988 with Ray Combs as host, Wood announced on that version as well through the 1994–1995 season, during which Dawson returned as host. Another show for which he announced on both the original version and a revival was Card Sharks; the show's first incarnation, starring Jim Perry, ran from 1978–81 on NBC, while two concurrent revivals ran from 1986 to 1989.
Wood announced the first few weeks of Bruce Forsyth's Hot Streak on ABC, before being replaced by Double Dare's Marc Summers. After the 1985 death of the original announcer Johnny Olson on the Bob Barker version of The Price Is Right, Wood was one of four interim announcers on that show, until Rod Roddy was chosen as Olson's successor. At that same time, Wood announced on the nightly syndicated version hosted by Tom Kennedy that ran for the season. According to former producer Roger Dobkowitz, between Barker, Goodson & Dobkowitz, felt that his voice was a little on the harsh side and was unsuitable for the show, despite his experience. Wood returned to Price in 1998 to read the summer rerun fee plugs, he filled in for Olson, during the final weeks of the Tom Kennedy-hosted version of Body Language. Other shows on which Wood served as a regular announcer were Tattletales, Double Dare, Match Game-Hollywood Squares Hour, Password Plus, Super Password, Love Connection, Classic Concentration, Win, Lose or Draw.
Prior to his retirement in the late 1990s, he did voiceovers for the Game Show Network. Wood wrote the narration for the 1965 film The World of Costello. Wood retired to Rhode Island, in the 1990s, he died of lung cancer in Boston, Massachusetts, on May 21, 2004, aged 78. Gene Wood at Find a Grave Gene Wood on IMDb
Haymer Lionel Flieg, known professionally as Johnny Haymer, was an American actor best known for his role as Staff Sergeant Zelmo Zale, a recurring character in the television series M*A*S*H. He was an announcer, he played Walter Pinkerton from 1982-83 on Madame's Place and appeared in the penultimate episode of Star Trek: The Original Series, "All Our Yesterdays". Among Haymer's other television appearances are his roles as a police officer on an episode of The Facts of Life in 1983, his appearance on The Golden Girls in 1986 in the season one episode "It's a Miserable Life" as a judge; these two were only brief appearances on screen. Haymer was born Haymer Lionel Flieg in St. Louis, the son of Jewish immigrants, he graduated from the University of Missouri in 1942, majoring in speech and specializing in dramatic impressions. He died in Los Angeles, from cancer in 1989, at age 69. Johnny Haymer on IMDb Johnny Haymer at Find a Grave TV ad on YouTubeJohnny Haymer at Memory Alpha
Bob Stewart (television producer)
Bob Stewart was an American television game show producer. He was active in the TV industry from 1956 until his retirement in 1991. Stewart is known for creating some of the most popular game shows for Mark Goodson-Bill Todman Productions; these shows include To Tell the Truth and The Price Is Right. His biggest success as an independent producer was the Pyramid series, starting with The $10,000 Pyramid in 1973; the Price Is Right, created by Stewart, is the only game show to be seen nationally in either first-run network or syndication airings in the US in every decade from the 1950s onward. As of 2018, three Stewart creations air on broadcast television: The Price is Right, To Tell the Truth and Pyramid. Stewart was born Isidore Steinberg in Brooklyn, New York to Jacob and Dora Steinberg, who were Jewish immigrants from Russia, he changed his name to Bob Stewart after he lost an opportunity in television believing that it was because he was Jewish. During World War II, Stewart served in the Air Force.
After his 1946 discharge, he enrolled in a radio-writing course. Within weeks, his instructor hired him to work at a New York City radio station. Stewart's early broadcasting career included a stint at WNEW in New York City, at NBC's flagship TV and radio stations, WNBC-TV and AM in New York. In the book The Box, the native New Yorker said he got the first spark for The Price Is Right during his tenure as a staff producer at WRCA-TV when he happened to observe an auction taking place on 50th Street on his lunch hour, he developed the idea into the working title of The Auctionaire. Stewart joined Goodson-Todman Productions in 1956, after he bumped into broadcaster Monty Hall on the street and Hall told him he knew Goodson-Todman's attorney. "You got any ideas?" Stewart quoted Hall as asking. The Price Is Right, using some of the Auctionaire concept, premiered on NBC November 26, 1956, with Bill Cullen as host, it lasted seven years on NBC before being bumped in favor of Hall's Let's Make a Deal in 1963.
In September 1972, after Stewart left Goodson-Todman, Mark Goodson retooled The Price is Right, mixing Stewart's original bidding format with elements from Let's Make a Deal to create The New Price Is Right, which debuted in syndication and on CBS' daytime lineup. CBS' To Tell the Truth, emceed by Bud Collyer, hit the air less than one month after the original Price debuted, in December 1956. Stewart said he auditioned the concept to Goodson and his producers by trying to have them guess which one of three men had been in the infantry in World War II and was now managing a grocery store. Five years in 1961, Stewart scored again with Password, a word-association guessing game; the show, the first game to pair celebrities and civilian contestants, became the top-rated program on daytime TV and popularized the concept of an end-game bonus round for additional money. Stewart was one of a coterie of Goodson staff producers who came up with ideas for game shows and segments. Producers such as Stewart, Frank Wayne, Chester Feldman, Gil Fates earned Goodson's respect not only for their concepts but for their skill in executing them.
By 1964, he considered leaving Goodson-Todman Productions after proposing an idea for a new word association game to Goodson, which Goodson rejected. When Stewart gave his notice, Goodson tried to get him to reconsider by making him a full partner in the company, but when it was revealed that Stewart's own name would not be added to the company name, Stewart decided to resign, though Goodson-Todman would retain all rights to his creations up to that point. Stewart's rejected idea would go on to become The $10,000 Pyramid by 1973. Shortly after leaving Goodson-Todman, the primetime version of The Price Is Right had been cancelled by ABC, ratings for the daytime version were falling. Stewart's first production under his own banner was the memory game Eye Guess, which aired on NBC daytime from January 3, 1966 to September 26, 1969, featured close friend Bill Cullen, as emcee. Stewart's next entry, the CBS primetime celebrity game show The Face Is Familiar with host Jack Whitaker, ran from May 7 to September 3, 1966.
Another Stewart celebrity game, aired on NBC from 1967-1969. Completing the decade for the packager was You're Putting Me On, hosted first by Bill Leyden and by Blyden, which ran from September–December 1969. Other than Eye Guess, Stewart's other moderate early success was Three on a Match, hosted by Cullen, which aired on NBC from August 2, 1971 to June 28, 1974. Stewart's biggest success with his second production company, Inc. and one of TV's most honored and popular game shows, was Pyramid hosted by Dick Clark, like Password, was a word-association game. Its March 26, 1973, premiere on CBS marked the biggest possible cash payoff on a quiz show since the short-lived 100 Grand in September 1963. Pyramid's network run would span 15 years, off and on, with escalating dollar amounts in the title reflecting increases in the payoff amount over the years, it has proven to be one of the most enduring game shows, airing continuously between first-run network or syndicated airings and cable reruns since 1982, w