EXCLUSIVE: As we reported earlier today, Saturday Night Live standout Leslie Jones is leaving NBC’s late-night sketch comedy program after five seasons to pursue a slew of film and TV projects. Deadline can reveal that one of these projects is Supermarket Sweep, a reboot of the classic TV game show that Jones will be hosting and executive producing. I hear the revival, from Fremantle, has been generating a lot of interest, with multiple networks bidding on it, both traditional broadcasters and streamers. I hear the list includes ABC, NBC, Fox and Netflix.
ABC has a potent lineup of classic game show revivals where Supermarket Sweep with actress-comedian Jones would fit in nicely, including Match Game, hosted by fellow SNL-er Alec Baldwin, and a couple hosted by actor-comedians, including Celebrity Family Feud with Steve Harvey and To Tell the Truthsoon hosted by Anthony Anderson. Jones will appear on ABC’s revival of The $100,000 Pyramid, facing off against Rosie O’Donnell.
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Jones Meanwhile, NBC likely would want to keep in the fold. She became a household name with her stint on SNL and her work for the network covering the two most recent Olympic Games. Netflix also is already in business with Jones on a comedy special.
I hear Jones was a big Supermarket Sweep fan growing up and has been a driver behind the revival of the classic show, created by Al Howard.
In Supermarket Sweep, contestants race around a supermarket with their shopping cart, collecting as high a dollar value in groceries that they can grab within a specified time limit. The team that has the most valuable items in their shopping cart at the end of the race wins.
The original Supermarket Sweep aired on ABC from 1965-67, followed by revivals on Lifetime (1990-95) and Pax (1999-2003).
Other projects on Jones’ plate include her first stand-up comedy special Netflix, which was recently announced, and multiple features, including a role in the Coming to America sequel and starring with Kristen Bell in Queenpins.
Jones, who originally joined SNL as a writer, quickly established herself with a couple of buzzy “Weekend Update” appearances, leading to her joining the cast in fall 2014. Her list of memorable impersonations includes Whoopi Goldberg. She also has taken on a slew of hot-button topics in her “Weekend Update” commentaries, most recently on the new anti-abortion legislation in some states. Her work on SNL has garnered Jones three Emmy nominations.
In addition to an U.S. reboot with Jones, Fremantle is prepping a UK revival of Supermarket Sweep for ITV2 with Rylan Clark-Neal as host.
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