10:52am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Meredith Vieira-Hosted Syndicated Game Show Picked Up for Fall Launch (Exclusive)
Meredith Vieira is returning to television.
Fox Television Stations has picked up the Vieira-hosted syndicated game show 25 Words or Less for a fall launch following a three-week trial run this summer. The next batch of episodes will debut in the fall. The series has been cleared in 40 percent of the country amid increased competition from new syndicated arrivals including Judge Jerry, a Kelly Clarkson-hosted talk show and more.
The half-hour game show is a take on the board game created by Bruce Sterten and produced by showrunner John Quinn, Is or Isn't Entertainment's Lisa Kudrow and Dan Bucatinsky, Regular Brand's Mary McCormack and Michael Morris, as well as Vieira.
25 Words or Less pits two teams composed of celebrities and civilians against each other in a fast-paced word game with a top prize of $10,000. In the beginning rounds of the game, after a frenzied bidding session, one team member provides clues to two partners to help them guess a list of five words, using fewer than 25 clue words. In the final round, the contestant who has earned the most points has 60 seconds to get his partners to guess 10 words using only 25 words or less.
The pickup brings Vieira back to daytime following her run hosting syndicated talk show The Meredith Vieira Show, which ended in 2016 after two seasons on NBC-owned stations. Vieira previously hosted Who Wants to be a Millionaire, The Today Show and The View.
"We're pulling for a hit here, because it feels like 25 shows or more since there’s been one in syndication," said Frank Cicha, senior vp programming at Fox TV Stations.
25 Words or Less is produced by Dino Bones productions and distributed by Twentieth Television.