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Nickelodeon greenlights U.S. version of “The Crystal Maze”

Bunim/Murrary Productions is beginning work on new US version of the game show, while PAW Patrol, Bubble Guppies, Butterbean's Café and Abby Hatcher are all coming back for more.
June 4, 2019

Nickelodeon has greenlit an all-new US version of UK game show The Crystal Maze. Co-produced by Bunim/Murray Productions and RDF Television under the Banijay Group, production is beginning this summer in Bristol, UK.

Casting is underway for the new 10 x 60-minute series, but the host and premiere date will be announced later on. It is targeted at a co-viewing audience, rather than just adults like the original UK iteration. Nick’s version of the show will feature a team of family members tackling challenges in different zones, which are collectively known as “The Crystal Maze.” Every time a contestant wins a game they will earn a “time crystal” that gives them five extra seconds for the Crystal Dome (pictured), where they work against the clock to collect their prize.

This is Bunim/Murray Productions’ first series from its new kids and family division, which launched in late 2017. At the time, the prodco announced it was working on a youth prank series called Gotcha, which has yet to be picked up by a broadcaster. The California media company also dipped its toe into the kid space by partnering with popular YouTuber GloZell on online preschool channel GloBugz.

By Alexandra Whyte, with files from Elizabeth Foster. This story first appeared in Kidscreen.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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