Treadway is right answer at 'Crosswords'


Ty Treadway, best known for his role on ABC's "One Life to Live" and for co-hosting SoapNet's "Soap Talk," has been tapped to host the upcoming syndicated game show "Let's Play Crosswords."

In addition, Brennan Huntington -- who has produced, directed and/or developed programming for such networks as GSN, ESPN, MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon, NBC, Lifetime and E! -- has been named showrunner of the half-hour strip, from Program Partners and Merv Griffin Entertainment.

The companies said Treadway was "handpicked" by Griffin to host the show, putting him in such company as Alex Trebek and Pat Sajak, who were picked by Griffin to host "Jeopardy!" and "Wheel of Fortune," respectively. Treadway played Dr. Colin MacIver on "One Life to Live" from 2000-01 and co-hosted "Soap Talk" with Lisa Rinna from 2002-06, during which time the duo earned three Daytime Emmy nominations for outstanding talk show host.

"Ty exudes the kind of energy that will keep audiences engaged and excited," Griffin said. "We are looking towards a long and successful association."

Meanwhile, Raymond Brune and Andrew Yani, co-heads of TV at MGE, will oversee the show with Griffin. Brune and Yani launched Kimo Jagger Prods. in 2004 and entered into an exclusive producing partnership with MGE the following year, after creating the reality courtroom drama "Second Verdict" for Pax.

Robert Rang ("Jeopardy!" "The Merv Griffin Show") will design the set. Emmy winner Tony Garofalo ("Wheel of Fortune," "Jeopardy!") is consulting producer.

"True to form, Merv has assembled an incredibly talented team behind 'Let's Play Crosswords,' " said Josh Raphaelson, who founded Program Partners with Ritch Colbert. "We can't wait to watch their artistry on the air."