The upcoming revival of the grocery shopping game show Supermarket Sweep has found its home at ABC. Last year, it had been reported Saturday Night Live and Ghostbuster star Leslie Jones was spearheading a relaunch of the classic ABC series, and many different networks were reportedly interested. Now, it's clear that the classic show will be coming back home to the same channel as its predecessor, as ABC has officially closed a deal to air the new iteration of the highly-entertaining game show. All we do now is wait for an official release date to be revealed so we'll know when to tune in.
Supermarket Sweep's roots date all the way back to the mid '60s, when the show was hosted by Bill Malone. The series would be revived decades later when Lifetime rebooted the series with David Ruprecht as the new host in 1990, with the series later moving to PAX and then NBC with Ruprecht remaining on board. The series is still fondly remembered by many of us who recall watching it live, but no new episodes of the show have been produced since 2003.
Earlier rounds in each game of Supermarket Sweep consist of players answering shopping-related trivia questions, usually associated with the pricing of various products. Racking up the score in these rounds will give the teams more time to fill up their shopping carts for the game's final round where timing and product price knowledge are crucial. The team who manages to rack up the highest grocery bill when the time limit is expired will then be declared the winners.
ABC landing Supermarket Sweep is not incredibly surprising, as the network was the clear frontrunner for the project. "Supermarket Sweep is the perfect addition to ABC's strong lineup of classic game show revivals, and we struck gold having Leslie Jones as the host and executive producer," ABC Entertainment President Karey Burke said of the signing. Now, the new Supermarket Sweep will fit right in at ABC, as the network is also host to other classic game show revivals like Celebrity Family Feud, The $100,000 Pyramid, and To Tell the Truth. "
As a comedian, Leslie Jones is very well known for her stint as a performer and writer on Saturday Night Live. For her work on the sketch comedy series, Jones was nominated for three Primetime Emmy Awards. The comedian's stand-up material can also be heard in her comedy specials, including Problem Child for Showtime and the upcoming special Time Machine for Netflix. On the big screen, Jones also appeared as a lead actress in Paul Feig's Ghostbusters reboot and will also appear in the upcoming Eddie Murphy movie sequel Coming 2 America.
Fremantle is producing, and Jones will also be executive producing the new Supermarket Sweep in addition to hosting the show. Also on board to exec produce the project are Hunter Seidman, Jennifer Mullin, Alycia Rossiter, and Wes Kauble. Set to launch with ten episodes, the series will reportedly start production this spring. This news comes to us from Deadline.