Former NFL greats Michael Strahan and Peyton Manning head back to primetime on ABC with game shows

NEW YORK — Two former NFL greats return to primetime on ABC Sunday night.

Former quarterback Peyton Manning is one of the masterminds of a wacky new game show called The Final Straw, and Michael Strahan is returning for another season of The 100 Thousand Dollar Pyramid.

Strahan follows in the footsteps of the late Dick Clark, who hosted the show in the 1970s.

“I think this game survives because I’m a channel for the excitement of wordplay. I’m a channel for the excitement of seeing a celebrity team up with a contestant and figure out how to use mind melding to win some life-changing money,” Strahan said.

Strahan says he doesn’t know the words – and only knows the categories of how everyone at home is watching.

“I don’t know the words, so I play along when they play, so my facial expressions and my excitement if they get it or not, it’s real and real,” he said.

The format may be decades old, but the latest game show to join ABC’s summer programming is called The Final Straw.

Contestants win by removing items from a giant stack without tipping it over.

“Now if the stack falls, that team will be eliminated and the last team standing will go up against the Mega Stack,” said Executive Producer Peyton Manning.

Janelle James is the hostess. She’s a Brooklyn-based comedian who took her career to the next level as the director of Abbott Elementary, but this is a very different kind of job.

“It’s a family-friendly show, but it’s chaos in the form of a game show, and the prize money is — I can’t even say it without laughing because it’s a quarter of a million dollars,” James said.

The price may be a quarter of a million, but it’s really difficult to get there.

“Something with huge things falling that gets people watching,” James added.

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