Late night show segments like Jimmy Fallon’s Lip Sync Battle and James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke expanded into their own series. Now it’s time for some daytime television games to receive some primetime love: Ellen DeGeneres is getting a show based on games from her talk show.
NBC has ordered six episodes of Ellen’s Game of Games, an hourlong game show hosted and executive-produced by the woman herself, featuring supersized versions of the most popular Ellen DeGeneres Show games; however, which games remains a mystery. In each episode, contestants pulled from the audience will have to “maneuver massive obstacles, answer questions under immense pressure, and face a gigantic plunge into the unknown,” according to the network. And at the end of each hour, DeGeneres will give someone a chance to win a huge cash prize.
“I’m so excited to be hosting a huge primetime game show for NBC,” said DeGeneres in a press release. “We’re pulling out all the stops — gigantic sets, hilarious games. It’s going to be like a combination of American Ninja Warrior, RuPaul’s Drag Race, and a water park. Ok, it’s nothing like that, but you should still watch.”
Ellen’s Game of Games is DeGeneres’ fourth unscripted primetime series on NBC. She currently executive-produces Little Big Shots, its spin-off Little Big Shots: Forever Young, and the upcoming Drew Barrymore-hosted series First Dates.
“Ellen’s impact as a daytime icon is unprecedented and we can’t wait to see her bring that amazing spirit to Game of Games,” said NBC Entertainment’s alternative and reality group president Paul Telegdy. “She is among the very best at engaging with her devoted audience and we are all in for a treat when her antics hit primetime.”
“Since establishing Warner Alternative Television over three years ago, some of our greatest successes have come from working with Ellen and her incredibly talented team,” said Warner Bros.’ unscripted and alternative television president. “But the dream has always been to get Ellen herself to say yes to hosting a primetime show. Now that she finally has, I am more than ecstatic. We’ve married a great concept to the best host in the business. Home run!”
The series is also executive-produced by Mary Connelly, Ed Glavin, Andy Lassner, Kevin Leman, Jeff Kleeman, David A. Hurwitz. It will be produced by DeGeneres’ A Very Good Production, Telepictures, and Warner Horizon Unscripted Television.