AMC To Develop Chris Hardwick’s “All-Star Celebrity Bowling” for TV
Game shows and bowling are two fairly unrelated entities that seem to find themselves together often. If AMC and Chris Hardwick have their way, they may be united once again. AMC announced today that they have come together on a multi-platform deal with Nerdist Industries, a company fronted by TV and web personality Chris Hardwick. A facet of this deal would be to develop Chris Hardwick’s All-Star Celebrity Bowling, a ten-minute series on the Nerdist YouTube channel, into a full television series on AMC.
Over a dozen episodes have been produced of the YouTube series, featuring Hardwick and a team of his associates playing a game of bowling for winnings to go to charity against the cast and crew of a popular series. Among the featured programs are Workaholics, Mad Men, Conanand The Walking Dead.
This is not AMC’s first venture into celebrity-driven game shows.In 1989, as American Movie Classics, the network’s first original program was a celebrity quiz show hosted by Gene Rayburn called The Movie Masters. A five-episode series aired 15 years later in 2004, called Celebrity Charades. That series was based on game parties thrown by Hilary Swank, with the program hosted by actors Chad Lowe and Bob Balaban.
The series most people will compare this to is a popular 1970s syndicated game show called Celebrity Bowling. Led by Jed Allen, the series pitted two teams of two celebrities playing against each other to win prizes for home viewers. The program ran for over seven years and has seen a recent resurgence in play in local syndication and on ESPN Classic. Other memorable bowling game shows include locally produced versions of Bowling for Dollars from the 1960s to 1980s, Rockin’ Bowl on TNN in 2000 and Comedy Central’s 2001 Let’s Bowl. Below, we have included an episode of Hardwick’s Celebrity Bowling with the cast of Mythbusters and a 1972 episode of the original Celebrity Bowling, available to watch on Hulu, with game show host Tom Kennedy and frequent Match Game panelists Richard Deacon and McLean Stevenson playing. What do you think? Is this something you could see yourself tuning into to check out?