The Weakest Link reboot is sticking around for a while on NBC, as the network has put in the order for a second season of the Jane Lynch-hosted game show. With the renewal now official, casting has been opened for contestants with plans to begin filming the 13-episode sophomore season later this year. The news comes after reports of the The Weakest Link reboot performing well in the ratings, which includes a spot as the second most-watched new broadcast alternative series of the fall.
"Audiences have clearly embraced this smart, fun and completely addicting show, and it's been a great addition to the NBC lineup," NBCUniversal's Jenny Groom said in a statement. "A huge thank you to Jane, our friends at BBC Studios, Universal Television Alternative Studio and everyone who has been instrumental in keeping the DNA of the original format intact while simultaneously adding new flourishes that make it as relevant and popular as ever."
Confirming that she'll be returning to host, Jane Lynch added, "I'm thrilled that Weakest Link will return for another season. It has been my honor to bring back this classic game show loved by millions. I also look forward to challenging the brain power of our players while baiting them to turn against one another for the chance to win some life-changing cash. And, of course, for my own enjoyment, and not to mention the opportunity to say 'You are the weakest link. Goodbye.' several times an episode."
Valerie Bruce, General Manager of BBC Studios, Los Angeles Productions also said, "The format has proven longevity, attracting global audiences for the past two decades and we're thrilled to celebrate its latest success in the U.S. Our Los Angeles production arm is excited to partner with NBC on a second season of the series with Jane Lynch, whose quick wit, humor and shrewdness are captivating."
The Weakest Link reboot premiered in September. Originally a British TV series, the show made its way to the United States with its original iteration in 2001. Anne Robinson, who hosted the British version, also served as the host for NBC's American adaptation. In each game, contestants try to reach a financial target by banking money scored from correctly answering trivia questions, with incorrect answers breaking the chain and lowering the overall prize. Players then vote out the "weakest link" from the round until the final two contestants compete for the dollar amount built up during the game.
Debra Wilson serves as the announcer with Lynch as the host. Lynch also executive produces with Ryan O'Dowd and Stuart Krasnow. Since 2013, Lynch has also been serving as the host of the game show Hollywood Game Night, and it's not yet clear if that series is over now that Lynch is hosting The Weakest Link. The series concluded its sixth season last year and NBC hasn't formally renewed the program for season 7.
The Weakest Link will start production on season 2 later this year, but a premiere date hasn't yet been set by NBC. This news comes to us from Deadline.