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MIAMI — Meredith Vieira is stocking up on stationary.
The former “Today” anchor and panelist on “The View” is set to return to daytime TV in the fall as host of the syndicated game show “25 Words or Less,” from Fox Television Stations and Twentieth Television. Vieira is a 15-time Emmy winner who has worked all over the dial as a host, news anchor, producer and editor. But she is unabashed in her love of watching and hosting game shows.
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“I like a challenge and I love game,” Vieira told Variety as she made the rounds of TV station general managers here at the annual National Association of Television Program Executives conference. Based on a board game, “25 Words or Less” pairs contestants with celebrities in an effort to guess a list of five words using less than 25 words in total. The half-hour strip had a three-week test run last summer on a handful of Fox-owned stations.
Vieira wasn’t in the market for a new show, but she fell for the word-play of “25 Words” and the team of producers behind the show: Lisa Kudrow and Dan Bucatinsky of Is or Isn’t Entertainment and actor Mary McCormack and her husband, director-producer Michael Morris. She also liked the fact that the game was new to television. McCormack discovered the board game, created by Bruce Sterten, and championed it as an adaptation for TV.
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“When the game is good and moves fast, the work goes by so quickly — it’s fun,” Vieira said.
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