Celebrity Name Game
|Celebrity Name Game|
|Based on||Identity Crisis|
|Executive producer(s)||Scott St. John|
|Production company(s)||Coquette Productions|
Celebrity Name Game is an upcoming American syndicated game show which will premiere in September 2014. Based off the board game Identity Crisis, the series will be produced by Courteney Cox and David Arquette's Coquette Productions, and was originally pitched as a primetime series for CBS with Craig Ferguson as host. The series was later picked up by FremantleMedia and Debmar-Mercury as a syndicated series for 2014, with Craig Ferguson (who plans to leave his current role at CBS as host of The Late Late Show in December 2014) remaining as host. The series will mark Coquette's first foray into game shows.
In June 2011, it was reported that Courteney Cox and David Arquette's Coquette Productions were preparing to pilot a new, hour-long game show for CBS's primetime lineup known as Identity Crisis, based on a board game of the same name. Scott St. John, known for his work on Deal or No Deal, was brought on as a showrunner. CBS had selected Craig Ferguson—host of the network's late night talk show The Late Late Show, to be host and producer for the pilot.
The series resurfaced in October 2013 under the title Celebrity Name Game, with the announcement that FremantleMedia and Debmar-Mercury would syndicate the new series for the 2014–15 television season. Fremantle's CEO Thom Beers described Celebrity Name Game as a "hilarious and innovative rapid-fire game show that combines the best of pop culture with the best of comedy." Ferguson remained with the project through its transition to syndication, considering it to be "a wonderful concept with such great potential, from two of my favorite people, Courteney and David." Debmar-Mercury and Fremantle planned to market the new series to station owners as a complement to Family Feud—whose current incarnation, hosted by fellow comedian Steve Harvey, has been a ratings success for the two companies. In November 2013, Variety announced that Tribune Broadcasting would pick up Celebrity Name Game for its stations, giving it clearance across 40% of U.S. households and seven of the top ten media markets. In December 2013, it reached 80% of households through additional deals with CBS Television Stations and Sinclair Broadcast Group.
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