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Password: The Game Show Phoenix That Keeps Rising

12 October 2007 1:38 PM, PDT | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

CBS has ordered six episodes of an updated version of the classic game show Password -- but it's certainly not the game's first revival.

Password originally aired in daytime starting on October 2, 1961 and was hosted by Allen Ludden. The game consisted of two teams, each made up of a celebrity and a contestant. A secret word was given to one player from each team and they tried to get their partner to guess the word via single word clues. The first team to reach 25 points won the game and were allowed to move on to a lightning round worth up to $250. The game show ran until 1967 in daytime and had two runs in primetime.

The game was revived in 1979 first as Password '79 and was later renamed Password Plus. The cash prizes got bigger and the game was a little different but it was essentially the same show. Ludden returned »


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