Television Business International

UK gameshow Pointless set for US remake

Formats-headerpointlessUS gameshow network GSN is aiming to remake Endemol Shine Group’s British quiz format Pointless.

The show is a staple daytime series for BBC One in the UK, which has run to more than 1,000 episodes to date.

Endemol Shine North America’s Authentic Entertainment is working up a US version for GSN, which Sony Pictures Entertainment and AT&T Entertainment Group operate. Lauren Lexton is executive producer of the new show.

In the UK, Endemol Shine UK prodco Remarkable produces Pointless, and Endemol Shine International sells the format internationally.

Pointless asks contestants to find correct but obscure answers to general knowledge questions, with the aim of identifying those that none of a public poll have named.

It was originally commissioned for BBC Two in 2009, but strong ratings saw it moved to BBC One in 2011. Broadcasters such as AVOS / TROS in the Netherlands and France 3 have previously commissioned it, along with networks in Poland and Serbia.

GSN has also commissioned a second season of Talpa Media USA-produced Divided and Game Show Enterprises-produced emoji-themed quiz Emogenius, and has licensed Cash Cab from Discovery Communications and Hollywood Game Night from Universal City Studios Productions.

Alongside Pointless on the development front are challenge series D.I. Why? (WT), Banijay Studios North America-created The Tower, and ITV America and Big Energy Productions copro Blast Your Past (WT).