The finishing touches are being put on plans for a new game show that rolls out Wednesday, June 7, with GSN announcing today that the show, “Emogenius,” will have “the youngest (non-kids’) game show host in TV history.”
The host of “Emogenius” will be 26-year-old Hunter March. “He follows in the footsteps of his grandfather, Hal March, who hosted the TV classic ‘The $64,000 Question’ from 1955-1958 and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame,” GSN notes in its announcement.
Hunter March commented: “My goal is to have my own star right by my grandfather’s so he can look down and say, ‘What the heck is an emoji?'”
The announcement adds: “As one of the leading producer/creators in online media, Hunter produces and hosts up to 10 videos each week for AwesomenessTV, attracting millions of views every month from a subscriber base of nearly 5 million.”
The new show will roll out with back-to-back episodes at 9 p.m. ET/PT on June 7.
The game is “based on communication that uniquely taps into the massive popularity of emojis and text messaging,” GSN notes. “The show features two pairs of contestants who face off to put their emoji-solving skills to the test for a chance to win $10,000.”
The announcement adds: “Contestants will first have to decode a series of pop culture inspired emoji messages, followed by a round of sending each other strings of emojis in the hope that their partner can guess the message. Finally, only one team will advance to the bonus round, where they’ll trade off sending and guessing rapid fire emoji messages for a chance to win $10,000.”
In connection with the premiere, an online “Emogenius” game is launching at GSNTV.com that will enable home viewers to get involved in solving emojis.
The show is produced by Game Show Enterprises, LLC for GSN. Executive producers are Craig Brooks and Larry Barron (“Idiotest”).