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TV Continues to Beat Good Idea Into Ground

Mar 19, 2001 | 11:50am EST

Another day, another game show. What hath Regis Philbin wrought? This: A day after ABC inked a deal with Matt Damon and Ben Affleck for a "Survivor"-esque reality series ("The Runner") and announced plans to convert the video-game quizzer "You Don't Know Jack" into a primetime entertainment, the network is going ahead with yet another who-wants-to-win-money show.

According to Daily Variety, the latest project is called "The People Versus." It's based on a British show (like Regis' "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire") in which the audience -- not a nattily attired host -- tries to stump contestants with trivia.

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