The syndie strip “Celebrity Name Game” will return for a second season in the fall.
The Craig Ferguson-hosted syndie gameshow, produced by FremantleMedia North America and distribbed by Debmar-Mercury, has done credible business for stations since its September debut. Key station affiliates Tribune Broadcasting and Sinclair Broadcast Group have given the season-two greenlight, ensuring that the show will stick around through the 2015-16 season.
“ ‘Celebrity Name Game’ came out of the gate with an impressive start, building its audience each week, and showing itself to be a strong contender in syndication,” said FremantleMedia North America CEO Thom Beers.
The show is a rare example in recent years of an original game show launch in syndication rather than a revival of a classic format.
“We are very gratified by the broadcasters’ strong show of support,” added Debmar-Mercury co-presidents Ira Bernstein and Mort Marcus.
“Name Game,” a quizzer revolving around celebs and pop culture, was developed by Courtney Cox and David Arquette’s Coquette Prods.