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FremantleMedia/Debmar-Mercury production eyed as companion for 'Family Fued'

FremantleMedia North America and Debmar-Mercury have tapped Craig Ferguson to host the syndie gameshow strip “Celebrity Name Game.”

Skein was developed by Coquette Prods., the banner run by Courteney Cox and David Arquette. The series is eyed as a companion to the Fremantle-Debmar’s “Family Feud.”

“Name Game” revolves around a competition to celebs and other notable figures. Scott St. John is on board to serve as showrunner. Series is targeted to bow in fall 2014, though no station affiliation pacts have been announced.

FremantleMedia CEO Thom Beers called “Name Game” a “hilarious and innovative rapid-fire game show that combines the best of pop culture with the best of comedy. We are delighted to add the ultra-talented and witty Craig Ferguson to our family as he drives the competition and brings nonstop laughter to viewers at home.”

Debmar-Mercury toppers Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein declared the project to have “every element needed for success: a great concept; a hugely popular and very funny host in Craig who, like (‘Feud’ host) Steve Harvey, is very natural and comfortable in the role.”

“Name Game” will have Ferguson moonlighting from his day job as host of CBS’ “The Late Late Show.”

“I have to do a show which is of interest to me and ‘Celebrity Name Game’ is certainly that. What a wonderful concept with such great potential, from two of my favorite people, Courteney and David,” Ferguson enthused.

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