Craig Ferguson’s Celebrity Name Game TV show has been renewed for a third season. The syndicated game show’s season three renewal was announced by FremantleMedia North America and Debmar-Mercury. The show is hosted by Ferguson and executive produced by Courteney Cox and David Arquette.
Celebrity Name Game matches celebrities join contestants to identify correct answers before their time expires. Answers include celebrity names; locations; book, TV show and film titles; and more. Past guests include Cox and Arquette, Candace Cameron Bure, Shannen Doherty, and Lisa Kudrow
Here is the press release with more details:
FMNA & DEBMAR-MERCURY’S ‘CELEBRITY NAME GAME’ TO RETURN FOR A THIRD SEASON
19 January 2016
FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) and Debmar-Mercury today announced the nationally syndicated Celebrity Name Game has been renewed for a third season in national syndication following pickups by Tribune Broadcasting and the Sinclair Broadcast Group.
Celebrity Name Game enters NATPE with already more than 70% of the U.S. cleared for the 2016-17 season. Its renewal by the two key station groups follows a strong November 2015 sweeps for the program, hosted by Daytime Emmy®-winning game show host Craig Ferguson and executive produced by Courteney Cox and David Arquette. In households and the key 25-54 demos, it averaged 40% gains in the 88 markets where it remained in the same time periods in November versus year-ago time periods.
Jennifer Mullin, Co-CEO, FremantleMedia North America, said, “Celebrity Name Game has been a fantastic addition to our game show programming at FremantleMedia. We knew from the outset that this format had something special and seeing Craig win the Emmy for season one only reaffirmed our beliefs. Now halfway through season two, CNG has hit its stride, showing continuous growth, an engaged fan base and clearly has the potential to entertain audiences for quite some time.”
“Celebrity Name Game works so well because it is funny, serving as a viable alternative and companion to sitcoms on stations’ schedules.” commented Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein, co-presidents of Lionsgate-owned Debmar-Mercury. “This is due in large part to its incredibly talented host, an opinion shared by Daytime Emmy voters who awarded Craig the trophy for Best Game Show Host this past season.”
Fast-paced and funny, Celebrity Name Game pairs celebrities with contestants as they improvise clues to identify as many correct answers as possible in a given time period. The answers aren’t just celebrity names but range from actors, singers, athletes and pop culture figures to places, brands, books, TV shows, movies, foods and even cartoon characters. Consisting of two competitive speed rounds followed by a third round where Craig Ferguson provides the clues, teams must then face a broad mix of clues and categories ranging from a single letter to a real life tweet from a celebrity as they enter into the final $20,000 round.
Guest stars this season have included executive producers Courteney Cox and David Arquette, along with Candace Cameron Bure (Fuller House), Billy Bush (Access Hollywood), Cat Deeley (So You Think You Can Dance), Shannen Doherty (MallBrats), Randy Jackson (music producer and television personality), Mario Lopez (Extra), Lisa Kudrow (The Comeback), Matt McGorry (How to Get Away with Murder), Terrell Owens (former professional football player), Dascha Polanco (Orange Is The New Black), Guillermo Rodriguez (Jimmy Kimmel Live), Kate Walsh (Private Practice), Weird Al Yankovic (Comedy Recording Artist), and many more!
Celebrity Name Game is co-produced by FremantleMedia North America and Debmar-Mercury and is distributed domestically by Debmar-Mercury and internationally by FremantleMedia. The show was developed by Coquette Productions based on the popular board game Identity Crisis, created by Laura Robinson and Richard Gerrits of North 44 Productions. In addition to Coquette’s Cox and Arquette, executive producers include FMNA’s Jennifer Mullin, and veteran show runner Scott St. John. The syndicated, half-hour weekday strip airs in more than 93% of the country, including the top-50 U.S. markets.
What do you think? Are you a fan of the Celebrity Name Game series? Do you plan to watch the third season?