Network Ten has announced it has commissioned a new family entertainment series which will premiere on Ten and the WIN Network later this year.
Game of Games is based on the US show of the same name, which only launched in January this year.
The US show is produced by Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative Television in association with Telepictures and A Very Good Production, which is owned by TV icon and entertainment pioneer Ellen DeGeneres, who is the host and executive producer of the US version.
Each hour-long episode of Game of Games includes supersized versions of the most popular and action-packed games from US daytime talk show The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
Contestants, who are pulled direct from the audience, have to manoeuvre massive obstacles, answer questions under crushing time pressure and face gigantic plunges into the unknown – all in a quest to win a big cash prize.
DeGeneres said: “I’m thrilled that Game of Games is making its way to Australia on Ten.
“And I’m already thinking of ways to make it better. For instance, in the US we drop contestants into vats of mashed potatoes, but in Australia it’s gonna be 100 per cent Vegemite.”
Ten’s chief content officer, Beverley McGarvey, said: “Game of Games is a big new show that is light, fun and engaging. It’s a blast of great family entertainment that is perfect for the back half of the year.
“Game of Games is unique. It packed full of big fun, big physical entertainment, big laughs and big cash prizes.”
The announcement comes after McGarvey said the network would be banking on a new game show after deciding to put Family Feud on ice earlier this month.
Games of Games is a Warner Bros International TV Production Australia (WBITVP) production for Ten.
WBITVP managing director Michael Brooks said: “Game of Games is the biggest physical game show ever filmed inside a studio. It’s laugh-out-loud fun and madness from start to finish and we believe Australian audiences are going to love it.”
Ten said the host of Game of Games will be announced soon.