It looks like FremantleMedia isn’t alone in attempting to revive classic game shows. CBS has ordered a pilot of the classic musical game show, Name That Name. Ralph and Noah Rubenstein of Prestige Entertainment Group own the rights to the title and have been fronting several multi-platform brand extensions of Name That Tune including a live Las Vegas show and a Broadway production. The Rubensteins are teaming with executive producers John Ferriter of The Alternative and David Hurwitz (Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris, Fear Factor). The pilot will be produced by CBS TV Studios and casting will be underway in the near future.
Originally created by Harry Salter, contestants compete against each other to guess famous song titles based purely on the tune by playing a variety of games including “Bid-a-Note”, “Melody Roulette”, “Golden Medley Showdown” and “Money Tree”. Since its radio debut in 1952 and television premiere 1953, Name That Tune has been revived a couple times in the U.S., including in 1974 with host Tom Kennedy, 1984 with host Jim Lange, and has been adopted in several countries including the U.K. and 1983.
Throughout the years, Name That Tune has inspired producers to create game shows loosely based on the original premise such as Face The Music, VH-1’s Name That Video, Spike’s Tracks and FOX’s summer hit Beat Shazam.
CBS is looking to rebound in the primetime game show arena since the failure and somewhat surprisingly underwhelming performance of Candy Crush this past summer.
Sources: Deadline Hollywood, FremantleMedia, TV Series Finale, YouTube