Comedy Central Greenlights Jennings Game Show

May 23, 2005  •  Post A Comment

Comedy Central has greenlighted a new game show featuring former “Jeopardy” champion Ken Jennings, the network announced Monday. The as yet untitled series will launch later this year or in the first quarter of 2006.

Though the format was not announced, the show likely will involve Mr. Jennings facing off against contestants, as in Comedy Central’s former series “Win Ben Stein’s Money.”

The show will be developed by Michael Davies, who executive produced “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” for ABC.

“Research has shown that our viewers are clamoring for more shows hosted by software engineers from Utah and, fortunately, Ken was available and had a screen test handy,” said Lauren Corrao, senior VP of original programming and head of development for Comedy Central. “Our audience likes to think of themselves as one of the smartest around and I suspect that Ken, through and during the show, will put them in their place and illustrate how little they actually know.”