American commercial broadcaster Fox has given the greenlight to two game show series set to debut in 2021.
Coming to the network will be the Fremantle-produced, non-scripted variety series Game of Talents, in which contestants must guess the performers’ hidden talent based exclusively on first impressions and a few clever clues.
Hosted by Emmy Award winner Wayne Brady (Let’s Make A Deal, Whose Line Is It Anyway?), the series will pit two teams against one another as they attempt to figure out the hidden talents – from fire dancing to spider wrangling and chainsaw juggling – of mystery performers for the opportunity to walk away with a US$200,000 cash prize.
Executive producers on the series include Wayne Brady and Jeff Apploff (Beat Shazam, Mental Samurai).
Game of Talents, which is based on Fremantle’s hit Spanish format produced in conjunction with Mediaset España, will premiere across Fox in 2021. The series is currently in production in Los Angeles.
“Game of Talents represents everything we here at Fox endeavor to bring to viewers,” said Rob Wade, president of alternative entertainment and specials at Fox Entertainment, in a statement. “It’s a chance for families to gather for magnetic gameplay, a fun peek into extraordinary skills of ordinary people and a friendly, spirited variety competition.”
“What excites me about this series and this concept is every week we get to show off talents that will amaze, inspire and, in some cases, make your jaw drop,” added Brady. “As someone who loves games and loves all types of talent, this was a perfect fit for me and I’m thrilled to be a part of the creative team bringing it to life. I also get to give away someone else’s money, which I always enjoy doing.”
In addition to the upcoming U.S. launch, Game of Talents is also set to launch in the UK on ITV, Sweden on SVT, the Netherlands on RTL4, and Belgium via VTM in 2021.
Elsewhere, Fox will press play on the revival of popular musical game show Name That Tune (pictured).
Produced by Fox Alternative Entertainment, Prestige Entertainment and Eureka Productions, episodes will be comprised of two stand-alone half-hour contests testing the contestants’ music knowledge as they battle it out in an assortment of challenging musical games for cash and prizes.
Each episode will see two challengers racing against the clock to test their knowledge of songs, as performed by a live band.
Each contest features a variety of games from the original format, before the iconic Bid-a-Note round. The player with the most money at the end of that round wins the game and takes their earnings to the Golden Medley bonus round, for a chance to win additional cash and potentially the $100,000 grand prize.
Tony Award winner Jane Krakowski (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) will host the series and Grammy Award winner Randy Jackson (American Idol) will serve as band leader.
Name That Tune debuts Jan. 6 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.
The game show was originally created by Harry Salter.