This past Monday, September 22, the Celebrity Name Game aired on CBS hosted by The Late Late Show’s Craig Ferguson. The game show is based on the board game, Identity Crisis, and will have contestants competing in pop culture quiz games for $20,000. Two teams of 2 will attempt to identify celebrities and fictional characters. For one segment of the show, each team will be joined by a guest celebrity and given timed clues.
I remember Identity Crisis best by the The Office’s Diversity Training…
The Orlando Sentinel reports that…
“Audiences like seeing the humanizing effect of somebody being informal, because once you’re playing a game it’s a little more difficult to remain aloof,” [Ferguson] said. “If you’re playing beer pong or ‘Celebrity Name Game,’ it’s difficult to maintain that sort of grand distance.”
Almost 100 episodes have already been filmed and a celebrity list that includes:
Mel B (television personality/musician), Emmanuelle Chriqui (Entourage), Darren Criss (Glee), Sheryl Crow (nine-time Grammy award winning recording artist), Stacey Dash (Fox News contributor), Cat Deeley (So You Think You Can Dance), Rocco DiSpirito (celebrity chef/author), Kate Flannery (The Office), Dave Foley (The Kids in the Hall), David Alan Grier (In Living Color), Kathryn Hahn (This Is Where I Leave You), Josh Hopkins (Cougar Town), Mario Lopez (Extra), Cameron Mathison (Good Morning America), Katy Mixon (Mike & Molly), Kathy Najimy (King of the Hill), Luke Perry (8 Seconds), Busy Philipps (Cougar Town), Holly Robinson Peete (Hangin’ With Mr Cooper), Sara Rue (Rules of Engagement), Sherri Shepherd (The View), Jamie Lynn Sigler (The Sopranos), Jerry Springer (The Jerry Springer Show), Raven-Symoné (Sister Act), Retta (Parks and Recreation), Tiffani Thiessen (White Collar), Sheryl Underwood (The Talk), Jenna Ushkowitz (Glee), Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) and Steve Wilkos (The Steve Wilkos Show).
TVMediaInsights.com reports that the show “opened with a sluggish 0.7 rating/2 share in households” from Nielsen.