I am so ecstatic about this news that I could bounce off of a windmill and not even flinch: Holey Moley is returning for at least two more seasons, while the production company that created that extreme mini golf competition is adapting the video game Frogger into a reality show.
Holey Moley has been renewed by ABC for two seasons, the network announced via social media.
All of the show’s cast members are returning, according to Deadline: That’s co-hosts Rob Riggle and Joe Tessitore, plus reporter Jeannie Mai and golf pro Steph Curry.
Meanwhile, the producers of Holey Moley, Eureka Productions, will be producing Frogger for Peacock. Specifically, it’s from “by Eureka Productions in partnership with Konami Cross Media NY,” according to Peacock’s press release, which says this is “an original format created by Chris Culvenor of Eureka Productions.”
Frogger is coming to Peacock and filming in Australia
Considering Frogger the video game is basically an obstacle course—it’s all about jumping from obstacle to obstacle without falling in water or getting run over by a semi—I imagine Frogger the TV show will fall squarely into the Floor is Lava and Wipeout territory.
And I am 100 percent here for it, and would like it to premiere tomorrow. But we’ll have to wait a few months, at least.
Peacock, NBCUniversal’s new streaming service, has ordered 13 episodes of Frogger, a brand-new reality competition based on the 1981 video game from Konami has spawned more than 30 games.
The reality competition version “supersizes [the game] on an epic course” that where audiences and contestants alike will be transported into a wild, whimsical Frogger world, filled with all the simple but challenging elements of the mega-hit from Konami,” according to a press release.
Here’s how Peacock describes the competition:
A fierce and ridiculously fun competition, FROGGER will feature twelve outrageous obstacle courses or “crossings.” These physically demanding challenges will see contestants dodge treacherous traffic, leap over snapping gators and hop over hungry hippos to conquer the course.
Contestants from across the country will test their talent in a competition requiring skill, strength, strategy and problem-solving smarts. Who will have what it takes to be America’s finest FROGGER and jump away with a massive cash prize?
The show is now casting, and will film in Australia from May 22 to June 26 of this year.
Americans who live in Australia or who have a passport are eligible to apply, and contestants “must be legally able to travel to, enter, and stay in the United States and Australia … and meet all requirements under United States and Australian immigration laws and applicable tax law(s),” according to the application.
The application says people “must be available to participate in Australia for up to three to five potentially nonconsecutive filming weeks,” and asks questions such as:
- “Tell us what you LOVE about the 80’s. You don’t have to have lived in the 1980’s, but perhaps there’s something you like about that era – the music, style, hearing stories from your parents, etc).”
- “What special physical skills (i.e. Marathon runner, high level competitive sports, water skills, etc.) do you have that will help you take on this obstacle course?”
- “What special mental skills (i.e. chess, code writer, puzzle expert, map reading, etc.) do you have that will help you take on this obstacle course?”
There’s no word when the show will premiere on Peacock, or if it’ll be on the free version of Peacock, or on Peacock Premium.
Peacock is adding several other new unscripted original series, announcing last week at the Television Critics Association winter press tour that it’s reviving The Real Housewives of Miami, plus a new show hosted by Andy Cohen called Ex Rated which involves exes who send exit surveys to each other.
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