March 07, 2012 11:54am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'American Idol' Producer Rebooting 'Name That Tune'
Iconic game show Name That Tune could be returning to television.
American Idol and The X Factor production company FremantleMedia has secured worldwide rights to the property from Prestige Entertainment Group, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
As first reported by Vulture, the music-themed game show that first ran from 1953-1959 on NBC and CBS is being rebooted for a modern audience, with Fremantle becoming the latest to attempt the Tune revival.
The series, which also ran in syndication from 1974-1981 and again in 1984 with host Jim Lange, featured contestants competing for cash prizes as they attempted to properly identify music performed by a live singer and/or orchestra.
VH1 attempted to revive the franchise in 2001-02 with a video take on the series featuring contestants identifying the song titles after screening the music video. The Family Channel most recently aired syndicated episodes from 1993-1996.
MTV and CBS also attempted Tune reboots, neither of which got off the ground.
While plans for the Fremantle revival remain unclear, Vulture notes the company is mulling whether to develop Tune for cable, broadcast or syndication or a combination the three.
Tune becomes the latest property in Fremantle's stable; the company also has a stake in competitive fare including America's Got Talent, The Price Is Right, Let's Make a Deal and Family Feud in syndication with Syfy's Total Blackout due in April.
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