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NBC orders U.S. version of UK game show format “The Wheel”

A U.S. version of the BBC format The Wheel is headed to NBC through a 10-episode series order. The series will be produced by Warner Bros. Unscripted Television’s Warner Horizon division ...
February 8, 2021

A U.S. version of the BBC format The Wheel is headed to NBC through a 10-episode series order.

The series will be produced by Warner Bros. Unscripted Television’s Warner Horizon division and the original British creative team, Hungry McBear and Michael McIntyre, who hosts the UK version.

The game provides three contestants an opportunity to battle it out through general knowledge questions where the objective is to keep your spot at the center of a 42-foot-wide spinning wheel, while seven celebrity experts stand by to help answer questions.

The series was created by McIntyre and Hungry McBear MD Dan Baldwin, who executive produce with Mike Darnell, president of Warner Bros. Unscripted TV, and Brooke Karzen.

The Wheel joins NBC’s slate of unscripted programming, including the upcoming series College Bowl with Peyton Manning as executive producer and host and Weakest Link,¬†which just received a season two pick-up from Susan Rovner’s new Entertainment Content division.

“We knew that NBC was the perfect home for The Wheel within the first few minutes of watching the show. It’s inherent ingenuity and addictive game play immediately hooked us,” said Jenny Groom, EVP of unscripted content for NBCUniversal Television and Streaming, in a statement.

Darnell added: “We are thrilled to be in business with Hungry McBear and our amazing partners at NBC, who immediately saw The Wheel‘s potential and picked it up within 24 hours of the pitch.”

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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