Fort Worth man aims for top of ‘The $100,000 Pyramid’

Celebrity guest Zachary Levi playing with Bob Hagh on ‘The $100,000 Pyramid’
Celebrity guest Zachary Levi playing with Bob Hagh on ‘The $100,000 Pyramid’ ABC

Fort Worth resident Bob Hagh may be at least $100,000 richer come Aug. 14.

That’s when the episode of the rebooted ABC game show The $100,000 Pyramid, on which Hagh played the game with celebrities Zachary Levi (Telenovela, Chuck) and Teri Polo (The Fosters), airs at 8 p.m. on WFAA/Channel 8.

It was a dream come true for Hagh, a search-engine-optimization website specialist in the digital division at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, who, away from his day job, writes a blog about game shows called Buzzerblog.

“I’m a big game-show fan,” he said in a phone interview. “I’ve been watching them since I was a kid. I was a big fan of the original [Pyramid] with Dick Clark. I always liked Press Your Luck, Wheel of Fortune, The Price Is Right.”

So, when ABC announced in January that it was launching a new-generation Pyramid to go along with its successful rejuvenation of Celebrity Family Feud last summer, Hagh was all in. (The network also has revived Match Game.)

“It was taping in New York City and, at the time, I was [living] in North Carolina so it was an easy flight or train ride to go up there,” said Hagh, who was working for the Raleigh News & Observer newspaper. “I applied to the show, went through a few rounds of auditions and played some test games. A few weeks go by, I’m on the show and I’m taping in New York City.”

Because his episode hasn’t aired yet, Hagh can’t talk about how well or how poorly he did. But, whatever happened, it hasn’t snuffed out his enthusiasm about appearing on other shows.

“I think my next attempt is going to be Wheel of Fortune,” he said. “That, or maybe Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?

What about Jeopardy?

“I love watching Jeopardy,” he said and then chuckled. “I just don’t think I’m smart enough to go on the show.”

When he’s not figuring out what his next game-show move might be, he’s exploring the Lone Star state since he just moved here in June. So far, few regrets.

“I love it so far,” he said. “Definitely, the heat is on more than in Carolina. But the food is better and the barbecue is much better and I’m enjoying my Tex-Mex.”

Cary Darling: 817-390-7571, @carydar

The $100,000 Pyramind

  • 8 p.m. Aug. 14
  • WFAA/Channel 8