U.S. version of hit international series from Steve Carell/Shine America features celebrities and comedians competing for laughs
LOS ANGELES — FOX has ordered eight episodes of the hit international unscripted comedy Slide Show, it was announced today by Kevin Reilly, Chairman of Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company.
From Shine America and executive producer Steve Carell, Slide Show pits two teams – featuring the nation's funniest celebrities and comedians – against each other in a series of showdowns designed to hilariously test mind and body. Throughout the game, the competitors must think on their feet as the teams face unpredictable song, dance and sketch challenges, often while navigating the show’s trademark one-of-a-kind set, tilted at a 22.5 degree angle.
“I think unscripted television should be outrageous and audacious by definition. Unfortunately, not much is, as of late,” said Reilly. “Slide Show is the most ridiculously fun and out-there thing I've seen in quite a while. Steve Carell knows a thing or two about big laughs and I am really happy to be working with Steve again, and the team at Shine, to bring Slide Show to FOX.”
“Comedy is subjective,” added Carell. “But if you don't find Slide Show to be funny and enormously entertaining, then you will never be my friend.”
“We are truly excited to bring this fresh new comedy series to FOX with our producing partner Steve Carell,” said Rich Ross, Shine America CEO. “Slide Show has quickly become a global phenomenon and we’re thrilled that FOX is now going to share it with the American audience. The Satisfaction team has created a brilliant format in which the results are unpredictable and hilarious.”
Originally created by Arthur Essebag, Slide Show is based on a format from French-based production company Satisfaction, The Television Agency.
Also known as Anything Goes internationally, Slide Show debuted on TF1 in France in January 2012 and averaged nearly a 40% audience share. The series debuted in Australia on Seven Network in August and has been the top-rated show in its time slot each week. After enjoying similar success in both Portugal and Denmark, the format is set to launch in Spain, the Netherlands, China and many other territories in the coming months.
Slide Show will be produced by Shine America in association with Carell’s Carousel Television. Carell, Thom Hinkle, Eden Gaha and Paul Franklin will serve as executive producers. “Slide Show” is distributed globally by Shine International.
About Shine America
Shine America is a world leader in producing and distributing compelling scripted and unscripted television and digital content. Shine America is known for popular and award-winning original series including The Biggest Loser and The Face, as well as adaptations of Shine Group formats such as MasterChef, MasterChef Junior and Minute to Win It, and scripted series including The Bridge. Shine America incorporates several divisions including unscripted format label Ardaban and Shine Latino, which develops and distributes original Spanish-language content to the U.S. marketplace. The company also has a joint-venture with award-winning producer Nigel Lythgoe (Nigel Lythgoe Productions). The global Shine 360˚ division builds brands through the leveraging of its intellectual property and creating integrated marketing opportunities for advertisers. The company has also developed over 20 ground-breaking original online series on MSN, Yahoo!, YouTube premium channels and other platforms, many produced in partnership with global brands. Through Shine Group’s distribution arm, Shine International, Shine America distributes its extensive library of programming and formats to more than 150 countries. Visit www.shineamerica.com for further information.