ABC signs on for Jimmy Kimmel’s “Big Fan”

U.S. cable network ABC has commissioned the studio-based comedic game show Big Fan from Banijay Studios North America and executive producer Jimmy Kimmel (pictured).
February 9, 2016

U.S. broadcaster ABC has commissioned the studio-based comedic game show Big Fan from Banijay Studios North America and executive producer Jimmy Kimmel (pictured).

Each 30-minute episode will feature one celebrity and three of their biggest admirers as they compete to see which fan knows more about that episode’s featured star. The most knowledgeable fan will then face off against the celeb for a chance to win a “priceless experience” with them.

The series – which is to be hosted by late night talk show announcer Andy Richter – is based off the Jimmy Kimmel Live game segment Who Knows…?, which became a viral hit when musician Katy Perry went head-to-head with one of her biggest fans.

David Goldberg, Banijay group president and Banijay Studios North America CEO, and Caroline Baumgard, chief creative officer of Banijay Studios North America, will serve as executive producers on the series alongside Kimmel.

“Night after night, Jimmy Kimmel Live delivers a slew of great comic bits. There were many to choose from, but Who Knows…? featuring Katy Perry stood out as one that could be expanded into a really unique comedic game show concept that gives fans at home a chance to be part of the experience,” said Banijay’s Goldberg in a statement.

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