28Oct2013
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Debmar-Mercury Shopping Craig Ferguson-Hosted “Celebrity Name Game” to Syndication

Over two years after CBS passed on it, the FremantleMedia-produced pop culture game show Celebrity Name Game may finally see the light of day.  Today Debmar-Mercury, which distributes Family Feud,  announced  they are shopping the Craig Ferguson-hosted format to syndication as a partner for Feud.  The series will be ready for Fall 2014 with Craig Ferguson still attached.  The format was developed by Coquette Productions, Courteney Cox and David Arquette’s production company. It is produced by Cox, Arquette, Scott St. John, Thom Beers, and Jennifer Mullin.

“Celebrity Name Game is a hilarious and innovative rapid-fire game show that combines the best of pop culture with the best of comedy,” said Thom Beers, FremantleMedia North America’s CEO, in a statement to Broadcasting & Cable.

“Celebrity Name Game will make the perfect companion to Family Feud in early fringe and access time slots next fall,” said Debmar-Mercury copresidents Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein, also in a statement. “It has every element needed for success: a great concept; a hugely popular and very funny host in Craig who, like Steve Harvey, is very natural and comfortable in the role; a who’s who list of celebrity guests that only Courteney and David can attract; outstanding production auspices with our Feud production partners at Fremantle; and the vast experience of a highly in-demand showrunner like Scott. There are no other boxes left to check.”

With the amount of syndicated shows on now that are probably going to go away, and given the fact that Feud basically doubles-up everywhere so it’s not that hard to replace on Fremantle/Debmar-Mercury show for another, I’d be pretty confident we’ll see this next September. It fits with the great comedy block that Feud has made with Steve Harvey. Add in a half hour of Craig Ferguson’s hysterics and a very fun retro-style game and this looks like a winner. Look at the success of Hollywood Game Night and the fun that is. It should fill you with confidence.

For those that don’t remember the CBS pilot of Celebrity Name Game, contestants are put in teams with celebrities. Each round sees the teams guess celebrity’s names in various ways. You can read about the rules and the pilot here.  In other genre-related game show news, Meredith Vieira’s talk show has been given the greenlight for Fall 2014.  She was previously the host of Who Wants to be a Millionaire.

Anyone else looking forward to this?



Source : B&C

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