Debmar-Mercury and FremantleMedia North America today made it official, saying freshman syndicated Celebrity Name Game has been renewed for a second season. The decision was not unexpected. The renewals follow pickups by Tribune Broadcasting, Sinclair Broadcast Group and Cox Broadcasting, among others, and provides the game show with initial 2015-2016 clearances in well over 80% of the U.S. Hosted by Craig Ferguson and executive produced by Courteney Cox and David Arquette, the second season is in pre-production and the first season, currently on air, returns with new episodes on January 12. The first season, which premiered this past fall, ranks No. 2 among all new strips.
Celebrity Name Game puts contestants and their celebrity teammates on the spot as they compete in four rounds of fast-paced gameplay to identify famous names – actors, singers, athletes, pop culture figures, politicians, even cartoon characters – based on improvised clues. The winning team has a chance to walk away with up to $20,000. Celebrities on the first season have included Tom Bergeron, Wayne Brady, Margaret Cho, Michael Ealy, Seth Gabel, Jennie Garth, Ian Gomez, Rachael Harris and Marilu Henner, among others.
Celebrity Name Game is co-produced by FremantleMedia North America and Debmar-Mercury and is distributed domestically by Debmar-Mercury and internationally by FremantleMedia. The show was developed by Coquette Productions based on the popular board game Identity Crisis, created by Laura Robinson and Richard Gerrits of North 44 Productions. Executive producers include FMNA’s Thom Beers and Jennifer Mullin, and veteran show runner Scott St. John.
The syndicated, half-hour weekday strip airs in more than 93% of the country, including the top 50 U.S. markets.