Craig Ferguson's 'Celebrity Name Game' Gets a Second-Season Pick-Up

Craig Ferguson

The show, created by Courteney Cox and David Arquette, was renewed by several station groups

Celebrity Name Game, hosted by Craig Ferguson, has been renewed in syndication after it was picked up for a second season by station groups including Tribune Broadcasting, Sinclair Broadcasting and Cox Broadcasting, it was announced Thursday.

The show, from Debmar-Mercury and FremantleMedia North America and created by actor-producers Courteney Cox and David Arquette, will return with new episodes beginning Jan. 12. It is seen in about 93 percent of American TV homes.

Celebrity Name Game came out of the gate with an impressive start, building its audience each week, and showing itself to be a strong contender in syndication,” said Thom Beers, CEO of FremantleMedia N.A. and an executive producer on the show.

“This is the second-highest-rated new daily series this season in the key demo of women 25-54 and continues to show steady growth in households,” said Debmar-Mercury co-presidents Ira Bernstein and Mort Marcus. “Creatively, it is a really good game show with a brilliant and very funny host, which has made it ideally suited for both sitcom and game blocks.”

Debmar-Mercury, a division of Lionsgate, handles domestic distribution while FremantleMedia distributes in international markets.

The show was developed by Cox and Arquette’s Coquette Productions based on the board game Identity Crisis, created by Laura Robinson and Richard Gerrits of North 44 Productions. In addition to Cox, Arquette and Beers, executive producers include Jennifer Mullin and showrunner Scott St. John.