Tilted set + celebrities and comedians + improv comedy = Fox’s Slide Show

The CW found success with its revival of Whose Line is it Anyway, which was renewed for a new season, and now Fox is getting into the improv comedy series game with its acquisition of a format that will be called Slide Show.

Steve Carrell is executive producing the series, which will feature celebrities and comedians who will be teamed up to “face unpredictable song, dance and sketch challenges, often while navigating the show’s trademark one-of-a-kind set, tilted at a 22.5 degree angle,” according to Fox’s press release.

The network has ordered eight episodes but did not say when they will debut. Fox’s entertainment president Kevin Reilly said in his press release quotation, “I think unscripted television should be outrageous and audacious by definition. Unfortunately, not much is, as of late. Slide Show is the most ridiculously fun and out-there thing I’ve seen in quite a while.”

The format is from France’s Satisfaction, The Television Agency, and is known as Anything Goes, which debuted in early 2012. In August, Australia debuted its own version, which you can see below. Based on that footage, it looks like a great and hilarious twist on the format.

Let’s just hope Fox doesn’t Fox it up like they did to Kitchen Nightmares.

discussion by

about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 37, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.