The Phone is being produced by Justin Timberlake for MTV. It's a neat little concept - two phones are hidden in a major city, and when they ring, the first two people to answer them and accept their challenges are the automatic contestants. These two people will then have to work together to complete their mission and win some money.
No premiere date has been set so far for The Phone.
Here's another game show picked up by Mark Burnett Productions. The show is an original, which uses a roulette wheel that contains letters rather than numbers. Contestants place casino-style bets to form words and earn points. The show is filming its pilot episode in South Africa and will then be shopped to worldwide markets.
Splitsville aims to make divorce fun. Well, at least for the people watching the show! Divorcing couples play games to win their own stuff. It's being billed as The War of the Roses meets Let's Make a Deal, and encourages contestants to skip the costly lawyers and instead have fun dividing up their assets.
Splitsville suddenly disappeared from the CBS casting page, and no word has been heard since.
Take the Money and Run
Michael Davies has purchased Take the Money and Run, which will be produced through Embassy Row and Sony. The show is originally a Nordic offering, which combines traditional game show elements with "total lunacy" according to the press release. Take the Money and Run is in the early stages of production and will be shopped to US networks.
This is Your Life
Mark Burnett Productions has struck up a deal with original host Ralph Edwards' production company to renew This is Your Life. The show was a huge hit in the 50s and enjoyed a few comebacks. Contestants include regular people as well as celebrities, who are surprised to learn that they are being brought into the studio to face their pasts, complete with visits from people they haven't seen in years. The show is being offered to networks, with no production date yet scheduled.
Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me!
Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! is currently a radio quiz show from National Public Radio (NPR), which is featured on more than 450 radio stations nationwide. CBS has signed an agreement with NPR to produce a pilot episode for a television version of the game.
What's in the Box?
What's in the Box? is pretty much what the title says it is. Contestants must play a sort of 20 questions type game to guess what's inside a box.
A pilot episode of What's in the Box? has been ordered by TVLand Prime.