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Hosted by Dar­rin Rose The Com­edy Net­work Mon­day, 7:30 p.m. watched it with your par­ents as you ate your din­ner or what­ever you did. And th­ese things are re­ally a great mem­ory for me.”

The show cap­tures some of that campy retro ap­peal, re­plete with a brightly lit spin­ning wheel and flu­o­res­cent or­ange booths for the pan­el­lists. It’s part of a greater re­vival of game shows that the three credit to the de­sire for a sim­ple kind of sat­is­fac­tion.

“I love watch­ing peo­ple win,” says DiGio­vanni. “Se­ri­ously, we don’t give away tons of money, but we give away some money. Watch­ing a 23-year-old girl win $6,000 — oy, I can’t be­lieve I haven’t cried yet, to be hon­est.”

“It’s like sports,” adds Cullen. “In­stant drama, things hap­pen, you watch it un­fold, and you de­velop a story. And it’s all ran­dom and weird, and you can scream at the TV and go, ‘You stupid id­iot, (the blank) is CATMONKEY!”’

And while Who Wants To Be A Mil­lion­aire it’s not, the higher pro­duc­tion val­ues of the re­make take aim at Canada’s rep­u­ta­tion of pro­duc­ing the camp­i­est kinds of game shows with the drea­ri­est of prizes.

“It’s al­ways been that way,” Cullen said. “We used to watch Bumper Stumpers and you’d win up­wards of $100. Or on Def­i­ni­tion, you’d play the whole game, you’d win a golf um­brella and a cou­ple T-shirts.”

Still, de­spite the low pay­outs, nearly 70,000 peo­ple tune in ev­ery week­night, ac­cord­ing to the net­work — and it’s at­tracted some top work­ing co­me­di­ans. The up­com­ing sea­son is set to fea­ture Dave Fo­ley of Kids in the Hall fame, the rap­per Ice-T, Cana­dian com­edy le­gend Cather­ine O’Hara, the Gemini award-win­ning Rus­sell Peters, and Daily Show cor­re­spon­dents John Hodg­man and Kristen Schaal.

The chem­istry be­tween the reg­u­lars is al­ready pal­pa­ble; many of them have worked to­gether on shows like MuchMu­sic’s Video On Trial or know each other from the standup cir­cuit.

“There’s al­ready a sort of built-in chem­istry right away,” says DiGio­vanni. “I think this year we’re hav­ing a lot of fun be­cause it’s a lot of peo­ple we al­ready know.”

Sea­son 2 of Match Game will air week­nights at 7:30 p.m.

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