Back in ‘The Chase’: Sara Haines’ ABC game show returns

'The View' regular is back as host for contest's Season 2

Sara Haines returns to host Season 2 of “The Chase,” premiering Sunday on ABC.

After a break of several months, “The Chase” is on again.

The Sara Haines-hosted ABC game show — based on a long-popular international format — returns for a second season Sunday, June 6. As more contestants match wits against “Jeopardy!” champions (and, now, an additional expert known as “The Beast” from the program’s British version) in a trivia showdown, “The Chase” will be sandwiched weekly between the Steve Harvey-fronted “Celebrity Family Feud” and Anthony Anderson’s take on “To Tell the Truth” in a night of “Summer Fun & Games.”

Now that “The Chase” has been established for American viewers, “We’re going to be able to go faster,” reports the pleasant Haines … who already has been going fast by necessity, particularly during the initial two-minute question round in which she has to get numerous, often unfamiliar pronunciations right.

“We were introducing what was a new show to a lot of audience members,” notes Haines. “You’ve got to make sure that you speak clearly and not too fast, but I’ve been given the green light to ‘play’ a little more. I’m excited, because I think that will amp up the energy. And there are surprises that I can’t reveal!”

Sunday is only one summer night ABC is devoting to games. Wednesdays are now occupied by Elizabeth Banks’ “Press Your Luck” and Michael Strahan’s “The $100,000 Pyramid,” with Joel McHale’s “Card Sharks” joining them June 16. On Monday, June 14, “The Celebrity Dating Game” debuts, with “New Girl” alum Zooey Deschanel and singer Michael Bolton as hosts. And beginning June 17, Thursdays will be marked by Rob Riggle and Joe Tessitore’s comedic golf contest “Holey Moley 3D in 2D” and Craig Ferguson’s “The Hustler.”

While acknowledging the bountiful summer game play ABC has, Haines — also a co-host of ABC’s “The View” weekdays — admits to being “a little biased” in viewing “The Chase” as a creature unto itself: “When I got the job, with anyone I mentioned it to, I found that the people who know it are huge fans. Either you’re part of its cult following or you’ve never heard of it, though that’s more common in the U.S. than around the world.”

Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin has decades of experience covering the television and movie businesses, winning Tribune Media Services’ Crown Jewel Award in 2008 for his performance in the company. Over those many years of interviewing and writing, he has spoken with everyone from Robert De Niro and John Travolta to Paul McCartney and Tony Bennett … from Meryl Streep and Julie Andrews to Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.

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