Chris Hardwick has been named host of NBC’s new primetime game show, The Wall, the network announced Wednesday.
From LeBron James’ SpringHill Entertainment and Glassman Media, The Wall follows two-person teams as they attempt to answer trivia questions with big money on the line. For the game, a ball is launched down a giant wall – hence the show’s title – lined with a series of pegs, and then lands in a slot marked with a monetary value. The slot determines how much the duo could win – or lose – based on their trivia answers. (It’s more or less Plinko.)
“I’m excited about this series because it’s different than anything on TV right now. It’s got everything — excitement, drama, and action — and it’s something the entire family can watch and root for together. I believe Chris Hardwick brings all of that together in a really entertaining way that people will enjoy,” James said in a statement. “For SpringHill Entertainment, it’s about creating quality and innovative content for all types of audiences, and I’m proud of the exciting projects we continue to be a part of.”
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Hardwick added: “I love game shows, and partnering with LeBron James and NBC to potentially give away millions of dollars to people who deserve it is an incredible opportunity. (I’m sorry, NBC, I’m hoping to give away a lot of your money.)”
NBC has ordered up 10 episodes of the game show, with Hardwick attached to executive produce. Hardwick is currently the host of Comedy Central’s @midnight with Chris Hardwick, and AMC’s Walking Dead after show, Talking Dead, as well.