*LeBron James is developing a new game show for NBC that mixes trivia with a bouncing ball.
Chris Hardwick, host of Comedy Central’s “@midnight” and AMC’s “Talking Dead,” has signed on to host and executive produce “The Wall,” which features two-person teams vying for “life-changing amounts of cash” that will either be won or lost based on answers to trivia questions.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the ball element comes into play on a wall made up of a field of pegs — think Plinko on The Price is Right — with the game pieces careening towards slots marked with different monetary values.
James and Maverick Carter’s SpringHill Entertainment are producing a total of 10 episodes alongside Glassman Media. No premiere date has been set.
“I’m excited about this series because it’s different than anything on TV right now. It’s got everything — excitement, drama and action — and it’s something the entire family can watch and root for together,” James said in a statement. “I believe Chris Hardwick brings all of that together in a really entertaining way that people will enjoy. For SpringHill Entertainment, it’s about creating quality and innovative content for all types of audiences, and I’m proud of the exciting projects we continue to be a part of.”
Like many aspirational-focused reality orders of the last few years, the network is going after “deserving competitors” — with a rundown of examples including a close father-daughter duo and a churchgoer and the pedestrian she donated her car to.
“‘The Wall’ is a bit like life, it rewards people who are both smart and lucky,” said NBC Entertainment president of alternative and late night programming Paul Telegdy. “It’s a game that’s had us on the edge of our seats, and Chris Hardwick is a brilliantly witty and warm host.”