9:00am PT by Michael O'Connell
'Cash Cab' Rebooted Again, This Time at Bravo
Well, Yellow Cab still has one thing on Uber, Lyft and the rest of the ride-sharing lot: Lucky riders in New York will soon have the opportunity to walk away with some series winnings on Cash Cab.
Bravo is rebooting the former Discovery series, complete with original host Ben Bailey, and adding the requisite Bravo twists. New Yorkers and tourists will step into the now “upgraded” auto, piloted by Bailey, where they will be peppered with questions, this time with more of a focus on popular culture. Further updates mean that lifelines will be available on social media and to random folks on the street.
And, in another change, those passengers lucky enough to make it to their destination without getting the boot for too many wrong answers will have the opportunity to play a double-or-nothing bonus video round.
The series is just the latest familiar format that Bravo has invested in. The NBCUniversal network, best known for soapy reality fare like The Real Housewives and high-brow competition such as Top Chef and Project Runway, also recently announced it had ordered an update of Blind Date.
Cash Cab, a U.K. format, aired from 2005-2012 on Discovery and then again from 2017-2018. The series produced an impressive 453 episodes.
The new Cash Cab will begin shooting this summer in New York with a planned premiere later this year.