Remember the popular syndicated sports series Celebrity Bowling hosted by Jed Allan? Well get ready for the new and improved version coming Spring 2011. Producer Don Gregory will be taping Stars and Strikes at the Lucky Strike bowling center inside L.A. Live.
Celebrity Bowling ran from January 16, 1971 to September 1978. The series was produced in Los Angeles at the studios of KTTV.
Each week, the show featured four celebrities on a pair of AMF or Brunswick lanes installed inside the KTTV's studios. Each team consisted of two celebrities in a "best ball" competition. One celeb from each of the two teams threw their first ball in the specially constructed two-lane alley. Of the two bowlers, the one who knocked over more pins in their first shot had their partner try to make the easier of the two spares -- so a 1-2-4 spare would be easier than a 5-10, even though it would be more pins. Ten frames were played in this manner (assumedly with the celebrities alternating in the first and second positions), with prizes awarded to members of the studio audience based on their performance. A score of 210 won the audience member a new car; apparently this was only accomplished by Mod Squad cast members Tige Andrews and Michael Cole.
In 1987, 26 episodes of The New Celebrity Bowling were produced for national syndication. Jed Allan hosted again.
In 2008, TVS Television Network began producing Celebrity Bowling for TV syndication, using the AMF Lanes at the Silver Nugget Casino in North Las Vegas, Nevada. Host of the new version is veteran Las Vegas TV sports anchor Ron Futrell.
We are looking forward to the new version coming this spring. The format will be the same as the original.