You Bet Your Life, Fox First Run’s reboot of the game show made famous by Groucho Marx, is tweaking its format for next season, its second in national syndication. Instead of having host Jay Leno open every episode with a few minutes of standup, as he did when he hosted NBC’s The Tonight Show, Leno will spend that time mingling with the show’s contestants. Leno always chatted with the players, but the new format will expand on that time and mine it for more comedy.
You Bet Your Life, 25 Words or Less, Dish Nation and Divorce Court will run on the Fox Television Stations through the 2022-23 season.
TVNewsCheck‘s Michael Depp talks with latenight legend Jay Leno about his reboot of the classic game show You Bet Your Life this month, the pandemic’s bruising impact on young comics’ careers and if he misses manning The Tonight Show desk in these volatile times.
TV station leaders and syndication producers face ever-changing guidance on how and when to bring people back as caution continues to abound and stringent COVID protocols return. Above, on Fox First-Run’s new syndicated show, You Bet Your Life, starring Jay Leno and his former Tonight Show band leader Kevin Eubanks, the live audience of 40-60 people are all vaccinated and masked. Note: This story is available to TVNewsCheck Premium members only. If you would like to upgrade your free TVNewsCheck membership to Premium now, you can visit your Member Home Page, available when you log in at the very top right corner of the site or in the Stay Connected Box that appears in the right column of virtually every page on the site. If you don’t see Member Home, you will need to click Log In or Subscribe.
TVNewsCheck Editor Michael Depp talks with Stephen Brown, EVP of programming development for Fox First Run and Fox Television Stations, about the strategic role of game shows in Fox’s syndication lineup, along with how programming is progressing at Fox Soul, the group’s African-American-targeted streaming channel.
The return of the classic game show hosted by Jay Leno has been sold in 190 U.S. markets to station groups including Sinclair, Nexstar, Scripps, Tegna, Meredith, Gray, Hearst, McKinnon, Standard Media, Block, Lockwood, Mission and Sun Broadcasting. It launches on Sept. 13.
Launching on the Fox Television Stations this fall, the return of the classic game show has also been sold to stations from other station groups, including Sinclair, Nexstar, Scripps, Meredith, Gray, McKinnon, Standard Media, Block and Sun Broadcasting.