CBS late-night host Craig Ferguson is getting into the game-show business as the host of a new syndicated series called “Celebrity Name Game.”
Ferguson, 51, let the news slip out Thursday night when he appeared as a guest on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”
Then, on Friday, perhaps as a result of Ferguson spilling the beans the night before, the show’s syndicator — Debmar-Mercury — announced the sale of the show to all of the Tribune Broadcasting-owned TV stations, representing 40 percent of the country.
The sale is a strong indication that the series is on track to go forward into production for fall 2014, according to this story on Deadline.com.
The show is being developed by the production company owned jointly by Courteney Cox and David Arquette, who are divorced but still in the producing business together.
This new show is apparently based on a board game called “Identity Crisis.” On the show, celebrities and non-famous contestants will team up to identify famous names — including celebrities, movie and TV characters, and more — presumably following a series of clues, according to Deadline.
Leno asked Ferguson about it Thursday night. “And you’re going to be hosting a … Can I ask? Is this top secret, this game show thing you’re doing?” Jay said.
“No, it’s not top secret,” Ferguson answered. “I just don’t know much about it!”
“Wait, you took a job and you don’t know much about it?” Jay asked.
“I’m an immigrant, man! It’s a job! I took it!” Ferguson said. “It’s called ‘Celebrity Name Game,’ it’s kind of like ‘Password,’ but not at all, for legal reasons.”