`Supermarket Sweep’ Premieres Tonight on ABC
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By STEVEN HERBERT
City News Service
HOLLYWOOD (CNS) – “Supermarket Sweep” makes its prime-time broadcast debut at 8 p.m. tonight on ABC followed by the season premieres of the Jimmy Kimmel-hosted version of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” and “Card Sharks,” which have both made changes from their first seasons.
“Supermarket Sweep” originally aired as an ABC daytime series from 1965-67, hosted by Bill Malone. Revivals aired on cable’s Lifetime network from 1990-95 and on PAX TV from 2000-03, both hosted by David Ruprecht.
In the new version, hosted by former “Saturday Night Live” cast member Leslie Jones, two-player teams race around what ABC described as a “whimsical grocery store” built for the series, hoping to get the highest cart total value so they can play for $100,000.
The top prize in the Ruprecht-hosted versions was $5,000.
Another change was the addition of what executive producer Wes Kauble called “some crazy, expensive items,” some as high as $300.
“When they’re shopping and filling up their carts, we’re seeing cart totals that make people really excited,” Kauble said.
Taping the series during the coronavirus pandemic has been a challenge, said fellow executive producer Alycia Rossiter.
“We’ve been really trying to keep everyone’s morale up,” said Rossiter , who had been a producer of “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette.” “We’re all talking to one another with masks on. We’re having trouble hearing one another.
“We’re standing six feet apart even though we love each other and we’re trying our best to stay away other even though magnetism wants to bring us together.”
According to Kauble, “the only time a mask comes off on our set is if the cameras are rolling and you’re on camera.”
“Other than that, everyone has masks, face shields, temperature checks,” Kauble said. “We’ve done a really good job of making sure we can keep everyone safe and still have a lot of fun.”
“Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” airing at 9 p.m., is adding what it bills as “frontline heroes” as contestants, fulfilling a desire by producers to give back to those affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
Kimmel’s first season as host, which ran from April 8-June 4, consisted only of celebrities playing for charities.
Each episode will include a “frontline hero” beginning with Oliver Fry, a firefighter who lives in Valencia, on Sunday’s episode. Other Frontline heroes include a nurse, food truck owner and therapist.
Comedian Tiffany Haddish will be the season’s first celebrity contestant, playing on behalf of the She Ready Foundation she founded in an attempt to empower, support and encourage children living in the foster care system.
When Haddish was 12 years old, she and her siblings were put into foster care and temporarily separated from one another. Haddish and her siblings were reunited under the care of their grandmother when she was 15.
The season’s other celebrity contestants include actor-comedians Ray Romano and Cedric the Entertainer, “Modern Family” alumnus Julie Bowen and chef David Chang.
The season includes a contestant winning $1 million, which did not occur last season. Because studio audiences were again not permitted because of the pandemic, the “Ask the Host” lifeline will again replace the “Ask the Audience” lifeline, just like last season.
The season premiere of “Card Sharks” follows at 10 p.m. with several rule changes for its second season to increase the speed of play and give host Joel McHale more time to interact with the contestants.
The changes also allow for surprises in every episode, including Zoom calls with special guests and dance performances.
The number of cards in the player versus player portion of the game has been reduced, making every turn more important, closer games and more dramatic game play.
The Push Rule was introduced in the Money Card round, where a player no longer loses his or her wager when a card value is repeated, resulting in Money Card rounds with much bigger cash wins.
The “Supermarket Sweep” premiere and season premieres of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” and “Card Sharks” can be viewed on demand and on Hulu beginning Monday.