Ellen DeGeneres to host ‘Game of Games’ on NBC
Don’t worry, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” isn’t coming to end, you are simply getting even more Ellen in your life. Using elements from Ellen’s daytime talk show, Ellen is launching an entirely new series. NBC announced today that the network has ordered six episodes of the game show “Ellen’s Game of Games” for primetime.
“Ellen’s Game of Games” is an hour of supersized versions of the most popular and fun games from “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” Hosted and executive produced by DeGeneres, this game show will pull contestants from the audience, who will have to maneuver massive obstacles, answer questions under immense pressure and face a gigantic plunge into the unknown. While every episode will feature DeGeneres’ one-of-kind comedy, personality and a unique roster of games, they’ll all end the same way — with DeGeneres giving someone a chance at a huge cash prize.
“I’m so excited to be hosting a huge primetime game show for NBC,” said DeGeneres. “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 impact as a daytime icon is unprecedented and we can’t wait to see her bring that amazing spirit to ‘Game of Games,’” said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment. “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 Mike Darnell, President, Warner Bros. Unscripted and Alternative Television. “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!”
DeGeneres, the host of the multiple Emmy Award-winning nationally syndicated “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” that airs on 82 NBC Owned and Affiliated stations, is an active executive producer on the NBC unscripted projects “Little Big Shots,” the recently announced spinoff “Little Big Shots: Forever Young” and the upcoming Drew Barrymore-hosted “First Dates,” all from divisions of Warner Bros. Unscripted and Alternative Television led by Darnell.
“Ellen’s Game of Games” is executive produced by Ellen DeGeneres, Mary Connelly, Ed Glavin, Andy Lassner, Kevin Leman and Jeff Kleeman. David A. Hurwitz also serves as executive producer. The series is produced by A Very Good Production, Telepictures and Warner Horizon Unscripted Television.