U.K. gameshow revamped for U.S.

Flextech, Allen bringing 'Cobblers' Stateside

NEW YORK — “Absolute Cobblers” is a British expression for “that’s totally ridiculous,” but it’s also the title of a British gameshow that’s headed for U.S. cable or TV syndication in an American version.

The series, which ran for 10 half-hours earlier this fall on a cable network in England called the Challenge Channel, features a host and four celebrity panelists who discuss the truth or falsehood of a Ripley’s Believe It Or Not-type statement.

After the panelists hash it out, members of the audience make their guess. Audience members who keep getting the answers right are eligible for prizes.

The American edition is a co-production of the British company Flextech, which owns the Challenge Channel, and New York-based Allen Entertainment, headed by Bob Cohen, a syndication veteran.

Steve Palley, a former top executive with King World Prods., is also a profit participant in the project. Cohen says he’ll try to get Michael Hall, the veteran gameshow producer who worked on the British version, to produce the American version, if it gets the go-ahead for series.

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