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Dick Clark tributes planned on 'American Idol,' Game Show Network

April 19, 2012 | 12:24 pm

Dick ClarkDick Clark's death Wednesday is prompting near-instantaneous tributes from two television venues where his influence was strongly felt: "American Idol" and the Game Show Network.

"Idol" host Ryan Seacrest, Clark's heir apparent, who co-hosted the "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve" specials for the past few years, announced on Twitter on Thursday that the upcoming "Idol" show would contain a tribute to Clark.

"We're putting together a tribute for Dick Clark on @AmericanIdol tonight...just talked to @dizzyfeet ["Idol" executive producer Nigel Lythgoe]," Seacrest wrote.

A visibly emotional Seacrest made brief mention of Clark's passing on Wednesday night's "Idol" by noting, "Without Dick, a show like this would not exist."

Meanwhile, some of Clark's greatest nonmusical moments will be replayed over the weekend on Game Show Network, where original remembrances of the man also known as the host of "The $25,000 Pyramid" will be played during reruns of the game show on Friday at 3 a.m., 10 a.m. and during a 10-episode run from 7 p.m. to midnight. Additionally, two more episodes will air Saturday from noon until 1 p.m. (all times Eastern).

Clark began hosting the show, then called "The $10,000 Pyramid," in 1973 on ABC. The title was changed to "The $20,000 Pyramid" in 1976. It was canceled in 1980 but returned in 1982 on CBS with a higher top prize, "The $25,000 Pyramid." Clark hosted until 1988.


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— Patrick Kevin Day

Photo: Dick Clark's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Credit: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times.