U.S. broadcaster Fox has picked up comedic game show Slide Show from Carousel Television, the prodco set up by actor Steve Carell (pictured), and Shine America.
The show pits two teams of celebrities and comedians against each other in a series of physical and mental showdowns, such as song, dance and sketch challenges, which take place on a set tilted at a 22.5 degree angle.
“I think unscripted television should be outrageous and audacious by definition. Unfortunately, not much is, as of late,” said Kevin Reilly, Fox’s chairman of entertainment, in a statement. “Slide Show is the most ridiculously fun and out-there thing I’ve seen in quite a while.”
The show is based on a format from French producer Satisfaction, The Television Agency, and presenter-comedian Arthur Essebag, which debuted under the title Anything Goes on France’s TF1 in January 2012. Local versions have since aired in Australia, Portugal and Spain. The format will launch Spain, the Netherlands and China in the coming months.
“Comedy is subjective,” said Carell. “But if you don’t find Slide Show to be funny and enormously entertaining, then you will never be my friend.”
Fox has ordered eight episodes of the series. Carell, Thom Hinkle, Eden Gaha and Paul Franklin will serve as executive producers and Shine International will distribute the show worldwide.