Look, like it or not, videogames are mainstream. They make billions of dollars a year, everybody in every demographic plays them, and we’re getting videogame adaptations left, right and center. And, just to drive that point home, we have this latest bit of news.
Nothing screams “mainstream” more than a family-friendly, primetime game show on CBS, and, per THR, Lionsgate is producing a live-action Candy Crush Saga game show to air on CBS.
The series will be produced by Matt Kunitz of Wipeout and Fear Factor fame. The game will reportedly feature teams of two using “their wits and physical agility to compete on enormous interactive game boards.” Apparently the show will take elements from Kunitz’s previous hit shows and will feature a “Candy Crush Arena”, so the show probably won’t be as simple as just matching some candy on a floor-sized iPad.
Kunitz said in a statement:
The Candy Crush franchise lends itself perfectly to the kind of larger-than-life, physical game shows that I love to produce and CBS is the perfect home for it. As a Candy Crush Saga player myself, I am excited to amp up the action and visuals in our huge Candy Crush Arena.
CBS Entertainment president Glenn Geller said:
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. 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.
Honestly, it may not be the best game ever, but a Candy Crush show is a nice reminder that videogames have truly hit the big time and that there are games for everyone to enjoy. Plus, it means that they’re not going the Tetris route and making some ridiculous sci-fi trilogy, or whatever is going on there.
There is no host or air date announced yet.