CBS orders 'Pyramid' pilot

Game show revival would replace 'As the World Turns'

CBS is looking to replace another departing veteran daytime drama with a revival of a classic game show.

Gearing up for the September cancellation of "As the World Turns," the network has greenlighted a pilot for a new "Pyramid" from Sony Pictures Television and "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" executive producer Michael Davies, who will exec produce through his Sony-owned Embassy Row.

In addition to "Pyramid," which is looking for a host, CBS will probably order at least one more game show pilot in consideration for the "Turns" time slot following the template it used last year to replace veteran daytime soap "Guiding Light."

Back then, CBS shot pilots for "Let's Make a Deal," "Pyramid" and "The Dating Game" before choosing the Wayne Brady-hosted "Deal" to succeed "Light."

Since first launching in 1973 with host Dick Clark, "Pyramid," in which contestants and celebrity pairs try to guess words and phrases based on descriptions, has gone through several incarnations, most recently a syndicated version hosted by Donny Osmond, which ran from 2002-2004.