American commercial broadcaster ABC has commissioned All3Media-backed Studio Lambert to produce the shiny floor game show The Hustler.
Hosted by Emmy Award-winning comedian and former Late Late Show host Craig Ferguson (pictured), The Hustler involves five contestants working collaboratively to answer a series of trivia questions, with the aim of building a collective prize pot. One of the contestants, known as “The Hustler”, will already secretly know the answers but must keep their identity strictly confidential in order to have a shot at winning the grand prize.
The Hustler will eliminate two contestants from the game throughout each episode, with the remaining three players collectively deciding who they believe is plotting their downfall. If they correctly guess the identity of the Hustler, the trio share the prize pot. But if the two contestants guess wrong, then the Hustler goes home with the full cash prize.
“It’s rare and exciting to have a mystery-based game show that employs viewers and contestants to tap into their sleuth skills,” Robert Mills, SVP of alternative series, specials and late night at ABC Entertainment, said in a statement. “This fun, new format is the perfect addition to our dynamic game show lineup, and Craig’s unmatched wit and humor make him the ideal host.”
“Studio Lambert and format creator Richard Bacon are incredibly excited to partner with ABC on The Hustler,” said Studio Lambert CEO Stephen Lambert. “With Craig in the driver’s seat, the comedic beats of this game are very much to the fore. We think ABC viewers will laugh a lot but also be shocked and surprised by the twists of this game, which invites contestants and viewers to play detective, solving a whodunit or, in this case, a whoisit.”
The series was created by British TV and radio host Richard Bacon, who serves as an executive producer alongside Studio Lambert founder Stephen Lambert. Studio Lambert USA EVP Jack Burgess, creative director Tim Harcourt and Susan House are also set to exec produce.
The Hustler is to begin production later this fall, with a premiere date to be announced at a later date.
Elsewhere, Studio Lambert has partnered with Mitre Television, the London-based production outfit founded by Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, to produce the car competition pilot Street Car Showdown (working title) for UK pubcaster BBC2.
The pilot will feature two teams from across Britain in a head-to-head battle to transform two ordinary second-hand cars into souped-up racers in a mere 10 days. Each team, with a limited budget, will compete in a series of challenges before one team is crowned “Street Car Showdown Champions.”
Street Car Showdown is exec produced by Studio Lambert’s Mike Cotton and Ian Carre with Mitre Television’s Matt Wilkinson. Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnnelly are creative consultants.
“We have been fascinated with this world since we were teenagers in the North East and experienced car modders meeting up on Roker seafront in Sunderland to show off their creations,” Ant and Dec said in a statement. “We came up with the format to shine a light onto the untapped world of car fanatics and highlight their passion, talent and creativity. We are great admirers of the team at Studio Lambert and are thrilled to be partnering with them on this project.”