The gameshow craze apparently won’t affect Paul Reubens, who is leaving Carsey-Werner’s quizzer “You Don’t Know Jack,” to pursue other projects.
“What it got down to was that Paul has other projects waiting in the wings and he wanted to indulge in those opportunities,” said a C-W spokesman. “It was a mutual decision that both parties understood and were content with.”
Carsey-Werner acquired the rights to the hit Internet/CD-ROM property from Jellyvision, which developed the game in 1995 in partnership with Berkeley Systems Inc. C-W planned to cash in on the wave of quizshows attacking primetime.
Although C-W execs insist the project was always envisioned for primetime, some analysts originally speculated that “Jack” would be brought to NATPE as a firstrun syndicated series in the genre. One source outside the company says that C-W was considering dabbling in syndication with the project, but backed off when the networks became hungry for games.
Robert Morton, late of “The Late Show With David Letterman,” is still on board as exec producer of the project.