Brand New Match Game Coming to Canada’s Comedy Network
Match Game is back! Well, sort of. Canadian cable station The Comedy Network has ordered 60 episodes of a Canada-based English-language version of FremantleMedia’s Match Game. A French-language version of the classic program titled Atomes Crochus has aired on the Quebec network V since 2010. This will be the first original English-speaking version of Match Game to emanate from Canada.
The 60 half-hour episodes will begin taping in Montreal this summer (the same city in which Atomes Crochus is recorded) to begin airing in the fall. The program will be produced in association with Bell Media’s Comedy Network, Zone3 and FremantleMedia Enterprises. The show plans on having a six-person panel with three rotating members, akin to the classic American version of the program. A search for the program’s host is currently ongoing. Reruns of the American versions have been able to be seen on some cable systems in Canada via GSN.
Match Game aired in various incarnations in the USA from the sixties up to 1999, including a one-shot on CBS’s 2006 Gameshow Marathon. A pilot for the show was shot for cable’s TBS two years later but was ultimately not picked up.