Trio remaining in Price line

Entertainment Tonight cohost Mark Steines, actor George Hamilton, and Las Vegas' The Price Is Right stage show host Todd Newton are still in the running to succeed Bob Barker as host of CBS' venerable game show The Price Is Right.

It is understood that the options on most of the candidates who auditioned for the job expired Friday.

Sources indicated that the options on Steines, Hamilton, and Newton have been picked up. Representatives for CBS and Price producer FremantleMedia North America declined comment.

CBS might hold off on announcing Barker's successor until its two-night prime time send-off to the 50-year showbiz veteran on May 16 and 17. CBS' fall 2007 upfront presentation is scheduled for May 16.

Barker will tape his last Price show in June, when he will retire after 35 years on the show.

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