Rumour: Celebrity Name Game to replace Pointless?
Whispers that Grant Denyer will be heading back to the 6pm timeslot for 10.
TV Tonight hears whispers Grant Denyer will be heading back to the 6pm timeslot with Celebrity Name Game.
10 announced the series, based on a US format, late last year and has filmed 12 episodes produced by Fremantle. It is now casting for further episodes from February – July.
But with chatter persistent that Pointless is to discontinue production, the network is looking to its replacement.
The format sees both celebrities and punters tested on pop culture and parlour games, including mixing up teams. It aired in the US for three seasons from 2014, hosted by Craig Ferguson and produced by Courteney Cox & David Arquette.
10 is hoping broad family appeal is their best foot forward in the timeslot after Pointless has proven too niche. At 6pm it goes up against News on Seven & Nine, and current affairs discussion with The Drum. SBS is also preparing intellectual quiz Mastermind for the slot.
Returning Gold Logie winner Grant Denyer to the 6pm slot will please his big fan base, but will it be enough to push the network back to healthy numbers?
With Pointless episodes still set to screen in the short term, 10 declined to comment.