Sunday, October 23, 2016

News In A Flash!: Quick Game Show Updates #98

This week's update article will take a look at the some of the latest US and international game show news from the past week in 200 characters or less. Highlights include SNL's latest sketch lampooning Jeopardy!, QI returning for its "N" series with a new host, Wheel of Fortune returning to GSN, Idiotest airing a new episode this week and some of the latest game show ratings.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

“Almost Christmas” Cast To Compete on “Family Feud” On October 25

This Tuesday on the top-rated syndicated game show, the cast and producers of the upcoming Universal Pictures holiday comedy movie compete against each other for a chance to win $20,000 for charity. Team Talbert – comprised of writer/director David E. Talbert, Mo’Nique, DC Young Fly, Jessie T. Usher and Keri Hilson – faces Team Packer – comprised of producer Will Packer,  Gabrielle Union, Kimberly Elise, Romany Malco and Omar Epps. Team Talbert is playing for Big Brothers/Big Sisters and Team Packer is playing for the UCLA Rape Crisis Center. Check out a preview of the episode in the clip below and stay tuned for the special show on Tuesday, October 25 (check your local listings) and the theatrical debut of Almost Christmas on Friday, November 11. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

CBS Orders Game Show Based On “Candy Crush Saga” Mobile Game

Earlier today, CBS announced giving a full series order to Lionsgate’s television adaptation of the wildly popular and addictive Candy Crush Saga mobile app. Matt Kunitz, former producer of Wipeout and Fear Factor, created the format and will executive produce the series with Peter Levin of Lionsgate, Russell Binder of Striker Entertainment, Nicki Sheard of King and the mobile app’s creator Sebastian Knutsson. The hourlong game show will have pairs of teams face giant interactive game boards to overcome levels, puzzles and obstacles for a chance to become Candy Crush champion. The series is also offering a play-along option for home viewers. According to CBS, the Candy Crush Saga and Candy Crush Soda Saga apps have generated over 18 billion game rounds last month. No word yet on who will be hosting the series or when the show will premiere.