CBS is adapting 'Candy Crush' as a TV game show

By Karen Butler  |  Updated Oct. 21, 2016 at 11:30 AM
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LOS ANGELES, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- CBS says it has ordered a one-hour, live-action game show based on the addictive, online franchise Candy Crush.

The show is being executive produced by Matt Kunitz. It will be distributed domestically by CBS Television Distribution and internationally by Lionsgate.

No host has been announced yet.

"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," Glenn Geller, president of CBS Entertainment, said in a statement. "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 is a world-renowned property, so when the head of our interactive and games division, Peter Levin, brought this IP to Lionsgate, we instantly knew it would make an incredibly visual, physical and fun TV program," added Kevin Beggs, chairman of Lionsgate Television Group. "CBS is a leader in unscripted television, which makes it the ideal home for Candy Crush, and we're very happy to have Matt shepherding the production as we partner with the team at King on this series with the tremendous second-screen potential."

Topics: Kevin Beggs
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