I’m not quite sure how to say this, so I’ll just… say it. Someone is making a live-action TV game show based on Candy Crush Saga. Before you say “Only in Japan”, this one is proudly made in the USA, where it’s headed to the CBS network.
Glenn Geller, CBS Entertainment president explains that he’s looking to explore the game show medium, following recent US successes of shows like Celebrity Family Feud and Match Game:
We are huge fans of Candy Crush and, like so many others, we know the ‘rush’ of advancing to the next level of the game. We’re excited to work with Lionsgate and King to adapt one of the world’s most popular and entertaining game franchises for television and make it available to its massive, passionate fan base who can watch and play along at home.
If you were thinking it would just be a case of dancing around on a huge iPad, you might not be too far from the truth – we’re told the game will feature teams of two people, using “their wits and physical agility to compete on enormous interactive game boards”. That said, the man behind the project is Matt Kunitz, who’s previously worked on other TV game shows like Wipeout and Fear Factor, and he promises to bring elements of those games into this one as well.
The Candy Crush franchise lends itself perfectly to the kind of larger-than-life, physical game shows that I love to produce and CBS is the perfect home for it. As a Candy Crush Saga player myself, I am excited to amp up the action and visuals in our huge Candy Crush Arena.
No host has been named for the project – and no dates have been pencilled in – but hopefully it picks up an international deal sometime soon, so the rest of us can find out what all the fuss is about.