New Hourlong Comedy Game Show Hosted and Executive Produced By DeGeneres Supersizes Most Popular Games From Her Talk Show and Gives Audience a Chance to Win Big.
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — March 2, 2017 — Game on!
Taking the best elements from the hugely popular daytime talk show “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and creating an entirely new series, NBC 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 hilariously fun games from “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” Hosted and executive produced by DeGeneres, this game show is like no other — contestants, pulled right from the audience, 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.
About A Very Good Production
A Very Good Production (AVGP) is the Emmy®-winning television and film production company of producer/writer/actor/host Ellen DeGeneres. Based at Warner Bros. Television Group (WBTVG) with an exclusive multiyear deal, AVGP produces the nationally syndicated daytime talk program “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and develops television projects for all divisions of WBTVG, including scripted and unscripted primetime series for network and cable, as well as additional syndicated fare. Additional current series produced by AVGP include the upcoming scripted animated family comedy “Green Eggs and Ham” for Netflix, as well as the following unscripted series for NBC: the smash hit comedy/variety series “Little Big Shots,” the forthcoming “Little Big Shots: Forever Young” and the upcoming relationship series “First Dates.” Jeff Kleeman serves as President of A Very Good Production.
Telepictures is an industry-leading and Emmy® Award–winning producer of innovative, multiplatform advertiser-friendly television series and digital content for the first-run syndication, cable and digital marketplace. A division of Warner Bros. Unscripted & Alternative Television, led by Mike Darnell, programs produced by Telepictures have won 93 Emmy® Awards in the last 20 years, including Outstanding Talk Show or Outstanding Talk Show Host for 16 of the last 19 years. Telepictures series include Crime Watch Daily with Chris Hansen, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Extra, Judge Mathis, Love Connection (produced in conjunction with Warner Horizon Television), The People’s Court, The Real, TMZ, TMZ Live and TMZ Sports. For more information about Telepictures programming, please visit www.telepicturestv.com.
About Warner Horizon Television
Warner Horizon Television (WHTV) is one of the entertainment industry’s leading producers of primetime reality series for both network and cable, and scripted series for the cable and subscription/on-demand marketplace. A division of the Warner Bros. Television Group, WHTV was founded in 2006. Its unscripted series are “The Voice,” “Little Big Shots” and “Little Big Shots: Forever Young” for NBC; “The Bachelor” franchise, which also includes “The Bachelorette,” “Bachelor in Paradise” and “After Paradise” for ABC; as well as “Ben and Lauren: Happily Ever After?” for Freeform, among others. WHTV’s scripted programs are “Animal Kingdom” and “Claws” for TNT, “People of Earth” for TBS, “Pretty Little Liars” and “Famous in Love” for Freeform, “Longmire” and “Fuller House” for Netflix, “Queen Sugar” for OWN and the forthcoming “American Woman” for TV Land.
Jill Carmen, Jill.Carmen@nbcuni.com, 805-376-1962