There’s going to be a live-action game show based on Candy Crush Saga, coming to the US.
CBS, Lionsgate and Candy Crush developer King have joined forces on this entry into the exciting world of broadcast television.
The show will be produced my Matt Kunitz, who previously produced Fear Factor and Dancing with the Stars. Could Candy Crush be the next big TV sensation?
“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,” King said in its announcement.
“The Candy Crush franchise is a world-renowned property, so when the head of our interactive and games division, Peter Levin, brought this IP to Lionsgate, we instantly knew it would make an incredibly visual, physical and fun TV program,” said Lionsgate Television Group chairman Kevin Beggs. “CBS is a leader in unscripted television, which makes it the ideal home for Candy Crush, and we’re very happy to have Matt shepherding the production as we partner with the team at King on this series with the tremendous second-screen potential.”
“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,” said CBS Entertainment president Glenn Geller. “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.”
Eurogamer’s deputy editor Ellie Gibson was a big fan of Candy Crush Saga, even though she’s aware that that’s not a thing one admits in polite company. “Candy Crush is quite good, actually,” she wrote in her glowing Games of 2013 celebration of King’s popular puzzler.