Making its North American debut, the widely distributed gameshow format Divided, is slated to debut Jan. 19 on the Game Show Network (GSN).
Produced by Talpa Media USA, with John de Mol, Jay Bienstock and Michael Canter executive producing, the show groups together teams of four strangers who must agree upon the answers to a series of questions. As the difficulty increases through successive rounds, the teammates vote off their least productive member. The final twist in the game is when the prize money is split in three uneven portions, forcing the members to decide who gets what share before time runs out — or no one wins anything.
The American version will be hosted by Emmy-winning executive producer Mike Richards (The Price is Right, Let’s Make A Deal). The format has aired in 14 global markets, including the Netherlands, India, and Turkey, since it first debuted in the UK in 2009.
“Divided is the first game show of its kind, fusing together the exuberance of game shows with the cutthroat drama of reality TV,” said Amy Introcaso-Davis, GSN’s EVP of programming and development, in a statement. “Audiences will be shocked by the different group dynamics that happen when people are faced with opposing personalities, little time, high stress and so much money at stake.”
Divided joins a growing list of original programming featured on GSN that includes The Chase, Winsanity, andSkin Wars.
The premiere episodes of Divided are scheduled to run 9 and 9:30 p.m. Jan. 19, followed immediately by the fourth season of Idiotest at 10 and 10:30 p.m. Hosted by comedian Ben Gleib (Chelsea Lately, Ben Gleib: Neurotic Gangster), the new season includes the return of themed shows, such as Hipsters vs. Fashionistas, Teachers vs. Students and Good Girls vs. Bad Boys, and will also include appearances by celebrity comedians Amir K, Jo Koy, Sidney Castillo, Zainab Johnson, Brad Williams, Adam Ray, Ian Bagg, and Lachlan Patterson.