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truTV orders Complex Networks’ “Hot Ones: The Game Show”

WarnerMedia’s truTV has greenlit a 20-episode series order for Hot Ones: The Game Show, based on the web series created by Complex Networks’ brand First We Feast. The network has also licensed the ...
November 1, 2019

WarnerMedia’s truTV has greenlit a 20-episode series order for Hot Ones: The Game Show, based on the web series created by Complex Networks’ brand First We Feast.

The network has also licensed the rights to episodes of the original Hot Ones web series (pictured).

Host Sean Evans will bring two teams of two into the “Pepperdome” in Hot Ones: The Game Show.

In each 30-minute episode, contestants will be quizzed on pop-culture trivia while eating wings slathered in hot sauce, banking as much cash as they can to compete for the US$25,000 grand prize.

The team with the most cash at the end of all three rounds moves to the finale, “The Ring of Fire.” Five flaming rings will stand between the contestants and the cash, and they must work together to solve a password game, with each successful clue extinguishing a ring of fire.

If the teammates fight through the pain and guess five correct passwords in 90 seconds, they’ll win $25,000 in cash and claim their place as “Hot Ones legends.”

“Fans around the world have tried creating their own versions of the Hot Ones challenge for years, but there’s nothing better than the real thing,” Brett Weitz, general manager TBS, TNT, and truTV, said in a statement. “We’re going to up the stakes, and take this show to a whole new level of heat.”

Hot Ones: The Game Show is produced by Allyance Media Group-owned DIGA Studios.

Scott St. John is the showrunner and executive producer, with DIGA’s Tony DiSantoTommy Coriale and Nick Rigg serving as executive producers.

Michael Bloom also serves as executive producer for his newly formed prodco Bongo Productions, while Chris Schonberger and Justin Killion serve as executive producers for Complex Networks.

“With Hot Ones, we were able to redefine the celebrity interview with the addition of violently hot chicken wings,” Schonberger, general manager of First We Feast, said in a statement. “Now, we’re excited to team up with the pros at truTV and DIGA to create a great game show format, supercharged with the spice and offbeat sensibility of the original series.”

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Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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