Net discovers link to 'Rich'

Fox has found its contestant in the gameshow wars, quietly starting production on Blighty import “The Rich List.”

Net has ordered six episodes of the general knowledge quizzer being produced by the U.K. company behind “The Weakest Link.” Eamonn Holmes, former presenter for Blighty’s “GMTV,” will host the skein, which could be on the air before year’s end.

Fox unscripted supremo Mike Darnell said “List” is played like a sort-of reverse “Name That Tune,” with rival teams — made up of complete strangers — asked to place bids on how many items they can fill in on a list. Whichever teams bids highest gets a chance to complete the list. Categories will be a mix of pop culture (e.g., Kelly Clarkson songs) and book smarts (e.g., states that border Canada).

Winning team from the best-of-three stage will move on to a bonus round, where the final prize could be up to $250,000. Teams get to come back until they lose.

“It’s big, it’s got money, it’s the most addicting gameshow to come out of England I’ve seen since ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,’ ” Darnell said.

Order for “List” comes in the wake of the news that Fox had opted out of its previous order for “Show Me the Money” (Daily Variety, Aug. 30). Both ABC and NBC have at least two gameshows in production; CBS has been quiet about its plans.

David Young, Andy Culpin and Mike Beale will exec produce “The Hit List” via 12 Yard Prods.

“The Hit List” has been set up for broadcast in Blighty but has not yet debuted.

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