EXCLUSIVE: Game Show Network has set Leah Remini to host People Puzzler, a new game show that takes inspiration from the celebrity magazine’s crossword puzzles. It will premiere in early 2021, reps told Deadline.
The half-hour episodes will see three contestants test their pop culture savvy to complete the magazine’s crossword puzzles. The first to finish the puzzle will move on to the show’s Fast Puzzle Bonus Round for the chance to win a cash prize.
The new Game Show Network program marks another hosting gig for the Emmy-nominated Remini.
In January the actress and writer signed a first-look deal with Critical Content to develop more unscripted programming through her No Seriously production company. The first project under the new deal is Seeking Justice, with Remini and her Scientology and the Aftermath partner Mike Rinder teaming for the anthology docuseries. Seeking Justice aims to investigate and hold other group and organizations accountable for physically, mentally and sexually harming people, including victims of Scientology.
In 2017 and 2018, Remini received Emmy awards for Outstanding Informational Series or Special for A&E’s Scientology and The Aftermath. She received a nomination for the same award in 2019. The series, which delved into the effects Scientology has had on its followers and ex-believers, concluded in August 2019.
Remini is also known for her work on the CBS sitcom The King of Queens and is in the process of writing her second memoir. She’s is repped by Verve.
People Puzzler is produced by Meredith Coroporation and Start Entertainment. Jeff Krask, Scott St. John and Neal Konstantini serve as executive producers.