8:00am PT by Rick Porter
Jason Biggs to Host Fox Game Show
Fox is adding a game show to its midseason schedule — and selling some soda along with it.
The network has ordered Cherries Wild, a trivia competition with a giant slot machine at its center. The series, hosted by Jason Biggs, is a collaboration between Fox Alternative Entertainment and Pepsi, whose Wild Cherry brand will be integrated into the show. It premieres Feb. 14.
"We are excited to partner with our longtime friends at Pepsi on Cherries Wild," said Fox Alternative Entertainment and Specials president Rob Wade. "This is a bold concept that best illustrates the limitless possibilities that can be accomplished when two great brands join forces to deliver audiences a wildly entertaining program and an equally dazzling product. With the always charming Jason Biggs at the helm, Cherries Wild is a refreshing twist on the classic trivia game show."
In the game, teams of two will answer pop culture trivia questions for a chance at a prize of up to $250,000. In the final round, the team spins the reels on the slot machine; if it comes up all cherries, the contestants win the big prize.
Cherries Wild continues Fox's long-standing relationship with Pepsi, which dates back to The X Factor in the early 2010s and continued on the network's hit drama Empire.
The show marks a return to Fox for Biggs, who starred in the network's comedy Outmatched last season. He had a heavily recurring part in Netflix's Orange Is the New Black and played himself in Jay and Silent Bob Reboot last year. He's repped by ICM Partners, Management 360 and Steve Burkow.
Wes Kauble (Beat Shazam) created the show and serves as executive producer. Wild Cherries comes from Fox Alternative Entertainment.