NBC Picks Up ITV’s “Surprise Surprise” with Host Jenny McCarthy, Plus Others
This weekend NBC announced their Fall 2012 television schedule, and a few new unscripted shows came along with it. We already knew about White Elephant, the Howie Mandel hosted game show. A new British import called Surprise, hosted by Jenny McCarthy, has also been announced. Surprise is based on the ITV show Surprise Surprise which has recently been revived with host Holly Willoughby. Surprise sees McCarthy and others bring people together for dramatic reunions and good-natured pranks in what is being billed as “funny, touching, engaging, exciting and always unpredictable.” The show has not been given a debut date yet but some footage has already been taped. We’ll let you know when it makes it to air.
As we previously stated, NBC has also picked up several other unscripted television series. The one most around here will be interested in is White Elephant, where Howie Mandel hosts the classic parlor game where you can either steal a prize previously revealed or keep your own. A new stunt show called Stars Earn Stripes is also coming, where nine celebrities tackle intense challenges and stunts that some of America’s biggest heroes perform daily.
Meanwhile NBC has cancelled several other unscripted shows such as Minute to Win It, Fear Factor, and Who Do You Think You Are. Minute to Win It survived two seasons and Fear Factor just one abbreviated season.