CBS to Turn Candy Crush Into Game Show Series

candycrushCBS has ordered Candy Crush, a new one-hour, live action game show series based on the popular mobile game. CBS, Lionsgate and King will join together on the new format that will be distributed domestically by CBS Television Distribution and internationally by Lionsgate.

The show is created and executive produced by Matt Kunitz.

In the game Candy Crush Saga, players match colorful candies in combinations of three or more to win points, defeat obstacles and progress through more than 2,000 levels. Candy Crush Saga and its sister title, Candy Crush Soda Saga, are two of the top 10 grossing mobile games in the U.S. On average, 18 billion game rounds are played every month around the world.

In the upcoming TV series, the game comes to life as teams of two people use their wits and physical agility to compete on enormous, interactive game boards featuring next generation technology to conquer Candy Crush and be crowned the champions. A host for the show has not been chosen yet.

“We are huge fans of Candy Crush and, like so many others, we know the ‘rush’ of advancing to the next level of the game,” said Glenn Geller, President, CBS Entertainment.  “We’re excited to work with Lionsgate and King to adapt one of the world’s most popular and entertaining game franchises for television and make it available to its massive, passionate fan base who can watch and play along at home.”

“The Candy Crush franchise is a world-renowned property, so when the head of our interactive and games division, Peter Levin, brought this IP to Lionsgate, we instantly knew it would make an incredibly visual, physical and fun TV program,” said Kevin Beggs, Chairman, Lionsgate Television Group. “CBS is a leader in unscripted television, which makes it the ideal home for CANDY CRUSH, and we’re very happy to have Matt shepherding the production as we partner with the team at King on this series with the tremendous second-screen potential.”

“The Candy Crush franchise has been loved by players around the world on mobile so it’s very exciting to be working with Matt and the team to bring the fun and challenge of the Candy Crush games to television. We hope our players will be entertained by what is set to be a high-energy, challenging game show,” said Sebastian Knutsson, Chief Creative Officer, King, and executive producer of CANDY CRUSH.

Candy Crush will be produced by Pulse Creative in association with Lionsgate Television, King Ltd. and CBS Television Studios. Matt Kunitz, Peter Levin, Russell Binder, Nicki Sheard, VP Brand at King, and Sebastian Knutsson will serve as executive producers. Knutsson is King’s Chief Creative Officer and is one of the founders of the company. He created Candy Crush Saga.