Howie Mandel, Cloris Leachman to Appear at Game Show Awards

Entertainment Jun. 5, 2009 AT 12:46PM
Cloris Leachman Credit: Lisarosephoto/GSN

Forget the Oscars and the Grammys!

According to the Game Show Network, the next big celebrity ceremony is the first-annual Game Show Awards.

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Hosted by Howie Mandel, the awards show is the first to exclusively celebrate excellence in the game show genre. Mandel -- who is nominated for Best Game Show Host for his gig at NBC's Deal Or No Deal -- will take the stage at the event, which will include appearances by such stars as Jeff Foxworthy, Carnie Wilson, Brooke Burns, Alison Sweeney and Melissa Rivers.

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The two-and-a-half-hour show has already announced several winners, including the prize for Best Reality Competition Show, which went to Dancing With the Stars. To celebrate, former contestant Cloris Leachman performed a dance with some of her DWTS castmates, including her former partner Corky Ballas. The Newlywed Game won for Favorite Dating or Relationship Show, and the Brady Bunch cast -- Barry Williams, Mike Lookinland, Eve Plumb and Susan Olsen -- scored for Favorite Celebrity Team for their appearance on Trivial Pursuit: America Plays. For the Favorite Classic Game Show category, Match Game has already won.

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The ceremony will also pay tribute to game show pioneers. The Price is Right host Bob Barker will be presented with a Legend Award, and Jeopardy's Alex Trebek presents an Innovator Award to Mark Goodson, a producer of game show classics. The rest of the winners -- including the Best Game Show, Favorite Celebrity Player and Favorite Game Show Catch Phrase -- will be announced on the show.

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In addition to the awards, Mandel will unveil a real-life marriage proposal and Jeopardy champion Ken Jennings will face off against Spanish actress Charo. The Game Show Awards airs Saturday at 8 p.m. EST on GSN.

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