Lodge coloring GSN's 'Camouflage'


Roger Lodge, best known for hosting the syndicated show "Blind Date," has been tapped to host GSN's upcoming hidden-word game show "Camouflage."

The show, from Buena Vista Prods., is a mix of trivia and word puzzle. Lodge will preside over puzzles composed of a series of seemingly random letters; however, hidden within each puzzle is the answer to a clue that has been given by Lodge. The contestants are given a preliminary hint, and game play begins, with the decoy letters dropping away one at a time until someone buzzes in with an answer. The sooner a puzzle is solved, the more points it is worth.

GSN has ordered 40 half-hour episodes of the show (HR 3/28). "Camouflage," which goes into production Wednesday in Los Angeles, is set to air weekdays at 7:30 p.m. starting July 2.

"Roger Lodge is exactly the type of host we were looking for to head this addictive game that you can't help but play along with," GSN senior vp programming Jamie Roberts said. "He's witty, quick on his feet and relates well to the contestants. He is the perfect match for our audience."

"Camouflage" marks Lodge's first time hosting a series for GSN, but he has hosted game shows before, including a live stage version of "The Price Is Right" in Atlantic City, N.J., and Las Vegas as well as ESPN's "Trivial Pursuit." He also is a regular guest analyst on ESPN's "Jim Rome Is Burning."

Lodge hosted "Blind Date" during its seven years in production, through summer 2006; the show, distributed by NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution, is still airing in repeats in national syndication.

He is repped by Babette Perry at IMG.

"Camouflage" is executive produced by Terrence McDonnell and Jonathan Barry, who are repped by APA and attorney Darren Trattner.