Game Show Network is working some new “Lingo” into its programming vocabulary.
The cabler has ordered 20 episodes of an American adaptation of “Lingo,” one of Europe’s longest-running gameshow formats, and tapped vet emcee Chuck Woolery to host. Gamer is set to debut in August.
Phil Gurin’s Laurelwood Entertainment is producing in association with IDTV of the Netherlands. Gurin (“Weakest Link”) will exec produce, along with Marc Jansen.
Series combines the classic principles of “Bingo” with a test of vocabulary knowledge, pitting two teams of two against one another as they try guessing five-letter words based on the host’s clues.
Gurin’s production plan for the first 20 episodes calls for the show to be shot in the Netherlands with Woolery and American contestants. Arrangement allows the producers to amortize costs by utilizing existing production facilities from the Dutch version of the game.
“Part of my company’s strategy is to find different ways to get new projects on the air,” Gurin told Daily Variety. “From a business standpoint, what excites me about this is that we’re finding new ways to stretch the ever-shrinking production dollar.”
“Lingo” represents the fourth new original show from Game Show Network this year. “Whammy! The All New Press Your Luck,” hosted by Todd Newton, debuted April 15. “Russian Roulette” and “Friend or Foe” both debut June 3.
” ‘Lingo’ is an engaging and involving word game that we think will keep viewers at the edge of their seats playing along,” Bob Boden, Game Show Net senior veep of programming and development, said. “It very much fits into our goal of having the best gameshows around on our air.”