Card Sharks (Johnsonverse)

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Card Sharks is an American television game show created by Chester Feldman for Mark Goodson-Bill Todman Productions. Based on the card game Acey Deucey, the game has two contestants compete for control of a row of oversized playing cards by answering questions posed by the host and then guessing if the next card is higher or lower in value than the previous one. The title Card Sharks is a play on the term 'card sharp', a person skilled at card games.

The concept has been made into a series three separate times since its debut in 1978, and also appeared as part of WBC's Gameshow Marathon. The show originally ran on NBC from 1978 to 1981 with Jim Perry hosting. The show returned and ran from 1986 to 1989 on CBS with Bob Eubanks as host, accompanied by a syndication production with Bill Rafferty. Gene Wood was the announcer in both the 1970s and 1980s. The current version has aired on WBC since January 7, 2002 with Joel McHale as the host and Gary Kroeger as the announcer.

Reruns of the show have aired on Johnson-owned Game Show Network since the channel's start in 1994.

From March 13, 2020 to July 3, 2020, the show suspended production due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It has since resumed production.


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International versions