The new word association game show is scheduled to make its syndicated premiere next month on nine FOX affiliate stations. 25 Words or Less, hosted by former Millionaire host Meredith Vieira, will air for a three-week test run in New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Dallas, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Orlando and Charlotte. A successful trial run could mean the series could be fully ordered for national distribution for fall 2019.
Based on the eponymous board game, The game show has two teams comprised of civilians and celebrities frantically bidding against each other to determine which team can get their teammates to guess a list of five words by using fewer than 25 clues. The winning team advances to the bonus round to play for $10,000 by correctly guessing ten words using 25 words or less in one minute.
25 Words or Less was created by Bruce Sterten and executive produced by Lisa Kudrow and Dan Bucatinsky of Is or Isn’t Entertainment, Mary McCormack, Michael Morris, showrunner John Quinn and Sterten. Vieira will also serve as a producer.
While I was binge-watching a few classic game shows, I pondered if it were possible to bring back a more of those cerebrally challenging programs and make it palatable for today’s audiences. With the pending premiere of 25 Words or Less, the answer is yes. 25 Words or Less combines the brevity brilliance of Password and an obscure late-70s NBC game show called To Say The Least. The last word association game show to air in syndication was Celebrity Name Game. Not only am I excited to see the new series, I am also looking forward to Vieira returning as a game show host. She did a phenomenal job with hosting Millionaire and there is no doubt in my mind she will perform well on this show too.