CBS ORDERS ‘GAME ON!’ A NEW SPORTS COMEDY ENTERTAINMENT SERIES FROM EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS JAMES CORDEN AND BEN WINSTON.
The Series Is Based on “A League of Their Own,” the Two-Time BAFTA Award-Winning U.K. Series Currently in Its 14th Season
Emmy(R) and Peabody Award-Winning Actor, Writer and Producer Keegan-Michael Key to Host
Tennis Champion and Entrepreneur Venus Williams and New England Patriots Super Bowl Champion Rob Gronkowski to Serve as Team Captains
Actor and Comedian Bobby Lee and Emmy Award-Winning Writer Ian Karmel to Appear as Comedian Panelists
CBS has ordered GAME ON!, a sports comedy entertainment series based on “A League of Their Own,” the BAFTA-winning U.K. series currently in its 14th season on Sky. The U.S. version will be hosted by Emmy and Peabody Award-winning actor, writer and producer Keegan-Michael Key, and will feature tennis champion and entrepreneur Venus Williams and New England Patriots Super Bowl champion Rob Gronkowski as team captains. Actor and comedian Bobby Lee (“Mad TV,” “Tiger Belly”) and Emmy Award-winning writer Ian Karmel (THE LATE LATE SHOW with JAMES CORDEN) will serve as comedian panelists.
GAME ON! is produced by Eye Productions Inc. and Fulwell 73 Productions with CPL Productions, a Red Arrow Studios company. Executive producers for Fulwell 73 Productions are Ben Winston, James Corden and Emma Conway with David Taylor, Murray Boland and Danielle Lux serving as executive producers for CPL Productions. Rob Gronkowski, Elle Key, Keegan-Michael Key, Henry Penzi and Venus Williams also serve as executive producers.
Equal parts comedy and game show, the genre-busting GAME ON! pits two teams of three, captained by Williams and Gronkowski, with comedians Lee and Karmel and a rotating mix of sports stars, comedians and celebrities, against one another. The teams will go head to head in over-the-top physical challenges, from seeing who can dunk the most basketballs over a tank of water while harnessed on a bungee cord, to taking on a sumo wrestler in the ring. They will also have their sports-related knowledge tested with trivia questions, such as “Which football player cried the longest after winning a championship?” and “Which of these athletes was the largest baby when they were born?”
“We are so delighted to be making this show with CBS,” said Executive Producer Ben Winston. “We couldn’t have found a better host and partner in Keegan, and I can’t wait to see Gronk and Venus as we’ve never seen them before, going head to head in some epic yet ridiculous battles.”
The “A League of Their Own” format is distributed globally outside of the U.S. and Canada by Red Arrow Studios International.
About GAME ON! Host and Panelists:
Host Keegan-Michael Key
Emmy and Peabody Award-winning actor, writer and producer Keegan-Michael Key is known for his extraordinarily diverse skill set, and wide-ranging talent, in both comedy and drama. Key redefines what it means to be a multi-hyphenate in the worlds of film, television and theater. Currently, Key can be seen opposite Eddie Murphy in Netflix’s “Dolemite Is My Name,” and will next be seen starring in Paramount’s “Playing with Fire,” alongside John Cena. Key can be heard in Disney’s tent-pole blockbuster films “Toy Story 4” and “The Lion King.” The in-demand actor will soon begin filming Netflix’s adaptation of the Broadway musical, “The Prom,” starring alongside Meryl Streep, James Corden and Nicole Kidman. Key came to worldwide attention as co-creator and co-star, alongside Jordan Peele, of Comedy Central’s groundbreaking sketch series “Key & Peele,” which won the 2016 Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series.