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ABC revives ‘To Tell the Truth,’ other classic game shows for summer

Hosted by Anthony Anderson,

Hosted by Anthony Anderson, "To Tell the Truth" is an anarchic and funny re-imagination of the beloved, game show of the same name. The all-new version takes the excitement to another level, featuring fun characters from pop culture. Credit: ABC / Ron Tom

Let the games begin, and we don’t mean the Olympics in Rio.

ABC is going retro this summer by reviving three classic games shows — “To Tell the Truth,” which began June 14 and “The $100,000 Pyramid” and “Match Game,” which premiere Sunday, June 26. (In addition, last year’s hit “Celebrity Family Feud,” hosted by Steve Harvey, returns for another season.)

How do these reboots compare to their predecessors? Here’s our score card.

To Tell the Truth

WHEN 10 p.m. Tuesdays

OBJECT Panelists must figure out who among three contestants is telling the truth about their identity.

HOSTS Anthony Anderson takes the reins held by Bud Collyer from 1956 to 1968.

CELEBS The smarts and sophistication of Tom Poston, Polly Bergen, Peggy Cass and Kitty Carlisle have been replaced by the brashness and brassiness of NeNe Leakes and standup Iliza Shlesinger.

THE GOOD Betty White, a frequent guest on the original, is back.

THE BAD The loosey-goosey questioning format, the often crude one-liners and the additions of a band (seriously?) and Anderson’s mother, Doris, as scorekeeper fall flat.

BOTTOM LINE We cannot tell a lie: the original had class; this one is crass.

The $100,000 Pyramid

WHEN 9 p.m. Sundays

OBJECT Celebrities and civilians give and receive clues pertaining to a specific category.

HOSTS Dick Clark was Mr. Pyramid from 1973 — when the grand prize was a mere $10,000 — until 1988. “Good Morning America’s” Michael Strahan moonlights as the new host.

CELEBS The original attracted everyone from William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy to Adrienne Barbeau and Soupy Sales. This go-round includes Commack’s own Rosie O’Donnell, chef Mario Batali, domestic doyenne Martha Stewart and rapper Snoop Dogg.

THE GOOD A fairly starry lineup, the personable Strahan and a snazzy-looking set.

THE BAD The orange shag carpeting will be missed.

BOTTOM LINE This remake follows the original formula closely. As Stewart would say, “And that’s a good thing.”

Match Game

WHEN 10 p.m. Sundays

OBJECT Contestants and celebs fill in the blanks to questions.

HOSTS Will Massapequa native Alec Baldwin be a perfect match for Gene Rayburn, who hosted versions on NBC (1962-69) and CBS (1973-82)?

CELEBS Richard Dawson, Brett Somers, Charles Nelson Reilly and, yes, Betty White were among those who traded barbs and banter on the ’70s version. Popping up this summer will be O’Donnell, Sherri Shepherd, Tituss Burgess, Isaac Mizrahi, Edie Falco, Sutton Foster and others.

THE GOOD Baldwin should be as funny on Sunday night as he’s been on “Saturday Night Live.”

THE BAD Where the [blank] is Betty White?

BOTTOM LINE No preview was available, but you’re a dumb Dora if you don’t watch.

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