October 08, 2013 3:15pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Fox Picks Up Steve Carell-Produced Unscripted Comedy 'Slide Show'
Fox has added a new unscripted series from Shine America and Steve Carell to its ranks.
The network has picked up eight episodes of international format Slide Show, an unscripted effort that pits two teams -- featuring celebrities and comedians -- against each other in a series of showdowns, testing mind and body. Throughout the game, competitors must think on their feet as teams face unpredictable song, dance and sketch challenges while navigating the show's one-of-a-kind set that's tilted at a 22.5-degree angle.
"I think unscripted television should be outrageous and audacious by definition. Unfortunately, not much is, as of late," Fox entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly said. "Slide Show is the most ridiculously fun and out-there thing I've seen in quite a while. Steve Carell knows a thing or two about big laughs, and I am really happy to be working with Steve again, and the team at Shine, to bring Slide Show to Fox."
Created by Arthur Essebag, Slide Show is from French-based production company Satisfaction The Television Agency. Known as Anything Goes internationally, Slide Show debuted in January on TF1 in France and averaged nearly a 40 percent audience share. It's been the top-rated show in its time slot each week in Australia and has found success in territories such as Portugal and Denmark. The show will launch in Spain, the Netherlands, China and in additional regions in the coming months.
"We are truly excited to bring this fresh new comedy series to Fox with our producing partner Steve Carell," Shine America CEO Rich Ross said. "Slide Show has quickly become a global phenomenon, and we're thrilled that Fox is now going to share it with the American audience. The Satisfaction team has created a brilliant format in which the results are unpredictable and hilarious."
"Comedy is subjective," Carell said. "But if you don't find Slide Show to be funny and enormously entertaining, then you will never be my friend."
Slide Show comes as the broadcast networks continue to search for the next big hit in the unscripted world as unscripted staples, including American Idol and Dancing With the Stars, have begun to show their ages. NBC most recently attempted to go big with 24/7 live trivia show Million Second Quiz, and ABC tried its hand at celebrity diving. Neither approach proved successful.