CBS unscripted television is moving into the prime-time, one-hour game show space with Candy Crush, which is exactly what it sounds like: the game played on a large stage.
The network’s press release says the “live action game show series based on the globally renowned mobile game franchise” will be played like this:
“In the series, the game that has become a worldwide phenomenon comes to life as teams of two people use their wits and physical agility to compete on enormous, interactive game boards featuring next generation technology to conquer Candy Crush and be crowned the champions. A host will be announced at a later date.”
The format was created by producer by Matt Kunitz, executive producer and showrunner of shows such as Fear Factor and Wipeout.
CBS Entertainment President Glenn Geller said, “We are huge fans of Candy Crush and, like so many others, we know the ‘rush’ of advancing to the next level of the game. We’re excited to work with Lionsgate and King to adapt one of the world’s most popular and entertaining game franchises for television and make it available to its massive, passionate fan base who can watch and play along at home.”
The network has partnered, obviously, with Candy Crush creators King and Lionsgate, which will distribute the show internationally. Lionsgate executive Peter Levin said, “Everyone who has played it knows that Candy Crush is an exciting, visual switcher game with great characters, and Matt and our alternative television team are working closely with Sebastian Knutsson and his creative team at King to bring it to life on CBS.”
The description makes it sounds like people playing Candy Crush on large boards, which doesn’t sound that interesting—is it really fun to watch someone play Candy Crush? And how exactly does one play along? By screaming at the television, No, swap those candies!
Kunitz certainly has a solid track record of creating engaging reality television that places contestants in crazy, larger-than-life situations, though, so I imagine/hope that the show will be more than just the game on a larger screen.