Vulture reports that Discovery Channel has cancelled Cash Cab after seven years on the air. A representative for the cable channel confirmed the cancellation.
Hosted by Ben Bailey, the TV series brought an unusual take to the game show genre. Everyday people would hop into a cab and were told that they were on a game show. They would then have a chance to win cash prizes by answering trivia questions while being delivered to their destination.
While Discovery never made a big deal about Cash Cab’s ratings, audiences and TV insiders clearly liked the original concept. It won the Daytime Emmy for Best Game Show for three years straight, from 2008 until 2010. Bailey won as Best Host in 2010.
With more than 200 episodes, reruns of Cash Cab will continue to air in syndication. Lion Television could shop the series to other outlets but plans to do so haven’t been announced.
There have been several international versions of Cash Cab and actually the concept began in Europe. In the US, there have been two spin-offs. Cash Cab: After Dark had a brief run in 2007 and featured Bailey as host. Cash Cab: Chicago debuted last February and hasn’t been cancelled yet. Beth Melewski hosts that version.
What do you think? Do you like Cash Cab? Do you think that it’s time for the show to come to an end?
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We love this show and watch it every Sunday morning when we eat breakfast. We are so sad that it has been cancelled. Will it be picked up by another station?
I absolutely loved the show. I recently had back surgery; and I looked forward to the 2 hours on the game network for rest and relaxation. Health wise the show gave me rest and helped with pain control.