Comedy Central UK is expanding into gameshow formats as its continues its push into originals. The broadcaster has handed a pilot order to The Almost Impossible Gameshow, which hails from the Endemol owned production company Initial and just recently entered production.
The Almost Impossible Gameshow features contestants who must pit themselves against a series of incredibly simple, yet fiendishly difficult games. Each contestant will be given multiple attempts to try and complete five physical challenges. Any contestant managing to complete this almost impossible feat will win a cash prize. Initial is producing the pilot with Steve Regan, Lourdes Diaz and Shaun Parry serving as executive producers.
“We are delighted that this utterly ridiculous new physical game show is being backed by Comedy Central”, said Shaun Parry, Head of Entertainment at Endemol UK. “It features spandex, sprouts and a tiny bike. Needless to say, it’s highly sophisticated.”
While Jill Offman, Managing Director of Comedy Central UK and Senior Vice President of International Content for Comedy Central, who is overseeing original content offerings for VIMN’s international network, added, “I am excited to see The Almost Impossible Gameshow move through our international pipeline at Comedy Central. This ludicrous yet genius format is our stab at the absurd world of Japanese gameshows, with a Comedy Central twist.”
The pilot order marks the first time that the broadcaster has ventured into gameshow formats and is the latest pick up for Comedy Central UK as they continue their push into original commissions. Following the success of scripted comedy Threesome, the channel also recently commissioned a scripted comedy series from Big Talk Productions titled Mummy’s Boys and appointed former NBCU exec Lourdes Diaz to oversee the development and commissioning of scripted content for VIMN’s network of Comedy channels and websites outside the US, including Comedy Central UK.