CBS has ordered a sports-themed game show “Game On!” from James Corden, based on the U.K. series “A League of Their Own,” that Corden hosts himself.
Keegan-Michael Key will host the U.S. version. He will be joined by Venus Williams and Rob Gronkowski, who will serve as team captains, while Bobby Lee and Iam Karmel will serve as comedian panelists.
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 plus 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 said in a statement. “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.”
“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. Gronkowski, Elle Key, Keegan-Michael Key, Henry Penzi and Venus also serve as executive producers.
Last month, three-time Super Bowl champion Gronkowski joined the cast of “Fox NFL Sunday” to serve as an NFL analyst alongside Terry Bradshaw, Tony Gonzalez, Jimmy Johnson, Howie Long and Michael Strahan. Gronkowski is represented by UTA.
“A League of Their Own” is currently in its 14th season on Sky. The “A League of Their Own” format is distributed globally outside of the U.S. and Canada by Red Arrow Studios International.