Miller's at bat as GSN 'Grand Slam' host


Dennis Miller has signed on to host his first game show, GSN's "Grand Slam," in which top game show contestants compete against one another.

"Grand Slam," executive produced by Michael Davies for Embassy Row and Sony Pictures Television, features 16 former game show contestants vying for top honors in a single-elimination tournament. They will be tested on their general knowledge, math and logic skills, ability with words and letters and grasp of pop culture and current events, with one winner taking home a $100,000 grand prize.

Among the contestants are "Jeopardy!" champs Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter along with "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" top prizewinners Kevin Olmstead and John Carpenter.

Amanda Byram ("The Swan," "Paradise Hotel") will serve as co-host on the eight-episode series, which goes into production today in New York. "Grand Slam" is set to debut at 8 p.m. EDT on Aug. 7.

GSN senior vp programming Jamie Roberts praised Miller.

"Getting Dennis Miller to be our host on 'Grand Slam' is the game show equivalent of landing the No. 1 draft pick," Roberts said. "He is the perfect talent for this ultimate challenge that will determine who is the greatest game show contestant of all time."

For his part, Miller said he jumped at the chance to host "Grand Slam" after seeing a tape of the show sent to him by Davies.

"Not only did I love the show, but I lost when I played along," he said. "You know that 'hard-to-get thing' always keeps you coming back for more, so count me in."

Added Davis: " 'Grand Slam' is the best game show format I've seen come out of the U.K. since 'Millionaire,' and Dennis Miller is someone I've wanted to work with my entire career. Moreover, I just can't wait to see who wins."

Miller, best known for his years on NBC's "Saturday Night Live," hosts the nationally syndicated Westwood One Radio talk show "The Dennis Miller Show." The Emmy winner also hosted a talker on HBO and was an analyst for two seasons of ABC's "Monday Night Football."