A live action “Candy Crush” game show will sweeten the airwaves on CBS, the network announced on Tuesday.
In the series, the game that has become a worldwide phenomenon comes to life as teams of two people use their wits and physical agility to compete on enormous, interactive game boards. A host will be announced at a later date.
“Candy Crush Saga” and its sister title, “Candy Crush Soda Saga,” are two of the top 10 grossing mobile games in the U.S. On average, 18 billion game rounds are played every month around the world.
CBS, Lionsgate and game developer King will join together on the new format, created and executive produced by Matt Kunitz, that will be distributed domestically by CBS Television Distribution and internationally by Lionsgate.
“We are huge fans of ‘Candy Crush’ and, like so many others, we know the ‘rush’ of advancing to the next level of the game ,” said Glenn Geller, president of CBS Entertainment. “We’re excited to work with Lionsgate and King to adapt one of the world’s most popular and entertaining game franchises for television and make it available to its massive, passionate fan base who can watch and play along at home.”
“Candy Crush” will be produced by Pulse Creative in association with Lionsgate Television, King Ltd. and CBS Television Studios. Kunitz, Peter Levin, Russell Binder, Nicki Sheard and Sebastian Knutsson will serve as executive producers. Knutsson is King’s chief creative officer and is one of the founders of the company. He created “Candy Crush Saga.”
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