I’ve never played Candy Crush Saga, the apparently quite addictive mobile game, but I’ve known enough people playing it to understand how popular it is (recent numbers through September of this year indicate that 18 billion rounds of the game are played each month worldwide. And that popularity has led CBS to order a new game show based on the popular franchise.
In the one-hour Candy Crush series, the game comes to life as teams of two people use their wits and physical agility to compete on enormous, interactive game boards featuring next-generation technology. A host will be announced at a later date.
“We are huge fans of Candy Crush and, like so many others, we know the ‘rush’ of advancing to the next level of the game,” said Glenn Geller, President, CBS Entertainment. “We’re excited to work with Lionsgate and King to adapt one of the world’s most popular and entertaining game franchises for television and make it available to its massive, passionate fan base who can watch and play along at home.”
“The Candy Crush franchise lends itself perfectly to the kind of larger-than-life, physical game shows that I love to produce and CBS is the perfect home for it,” said executive producer Matt Kunitz (“Wipeout,” “Fear Factor”). “As a Candy Crush Saga player myself, I am excited to amp up the action and visuals in our huge Candy Crush Arena.”
No word yet on a premiere date for the show. It also remains to be seen whether people might feel more at home watching the series on their phone, in the bathroom.