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MERV GRIFFIN RETURNS TO TV AS HOST OF LIVE PRIMETIME NEW YEAR'S EVE SPECIAL; THE TEMPTATIONS TO PERFORM LIVE

 MERV GRIFFIN RETURNS TO TV AS HOST OF LIVE PRIMETIME
 NEW YEAR'S EVE SPECIAL; THE TEMPTATIONS TO PERFORM LIVE
 BURBANK, Calif., Dec. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- New Year's Eve will mark Merv Griffin's return to primetime television as he hosts a live star-studded special from his Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, N.J., it was announced today by Barry Thurston, president, syndication, Columbia Pictures Television (CPT). The hour-long special will be produced by Merv Griffin Enterprises (MGE) and syndicated nationally by Columbia.
 "Merv Griffin's New Year's Eve Special" will feature live performances by the Grammy Award-winning Temptations, known for their celebrated hits "My Girl," "Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)" and "The Way You Do the Things You Do," as well as surprise guest appearances by other popular musicians and entertainers.
 The program will also feature a New Year's-style party with live dancing and big band music from a 19-piece orchestra, which will include Griffin associates Mort Lindsey and Jack Sheldon, who is featured in Bette Midler's current theatrical hit "For the Boys."
 "Merv Griffin's New Year's Eve Special" will be directed by Hollywood veteran Dick Carson, the current director of "Wheel of Fortune" and former director of "The Tonight Show" and "The Merv Griffin Show." The program will be produced by John P. Belisle, vice president of entertainment and marketing for Resorts and producer of the hotel's acclaimed big band show "Coconut Ballroom." Griffin serves as executive producer.
 "Network affiliates and independents are signing up so quickly for this hour-long special because New Year's Eve cries out for live, event-oriented television programming," said Thurston. "Merv's dynamic persona and his flare as a producer are the ideal combination to capture a spirited holiday audience."
 To date 110 stations (32 ABC, 10 NBC, 10 CBS, 39 Fox and 19 independents) are carrying the special, including WWOR-TV/New York, KCOP-TV/Los Angeles, WPWR-TV/Chicago, WPHL-TV/Philadelphia, WTNH- TV/Hartford, Conn. (ABC), WPTF-TV/Raleigh, N.C. (NBC), KENS-TV/San Antonio (CBS) and WVUE-TV/New Orleans (ABC).
 Columbia is distributing the program on an all-barter basis, retaining six minutes for national advertising and offering six minutes to stations. National barter time is being sold by Group W Productions Media Sales.
 Griffin has a lot to celebrate this year. "Wheel of Fortune" and "Jeopardy," both of which he created, continue to rank as the two top-rated series in syndication and his Resorts Casino has firmly established itself as a premier entertainment destination.
 MGE and CPT are Sony Pictures Entertainment companies.
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 /CONTACT: Chris Ender of Columbia Pictures Television, 213-460-7634/ CO: Columbia Pictures Television; Merv Griffin Enterprises ST: California IN: ENT SU:


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