“LINGO,” THE BRAND NEW MYSTERY-WORD GAME SHOW HOSTED BY COMEDIAN BILL ENGVALL, OFFERS PLAYERS A SHOT AT $100,000
SERIES PREMIERES JUNE 6TH AT 8:00 PM ET/PT ON GSN
(SANTA MONICA, Calif.) MAY 16, 2011 – GSN announced today the series premiere of a brand-new version of LINGO, the mystery-word game show with humor, suspense, fast-paced competition—and the chance to win a $100,000 prize. Produced by “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?”’s ZOO Productions (a division of ALL3MEDIA group), LINGO is hosted by popular comedian Bill Engvall, who is known to audiences as the star of the TBS series “The Bill Engvall Show” and as a co-star of “Blue Collar TV.” LINGO will premiere on GSN on June 6, 2011 at 8:00 PM ET/PT, and will air each weeknight at the same time, only on GSN.
Engvall joins a GSN talent roster that now includes Drew Carey, Jerry Springer, Sherri Shepherd, Wendy Williams, Carrie Ann Inaba and Norm Macdonald.
Known for his talent at sharing the humor in everyday situations, Bill Engvall is one of the top comedians working today—and among the busiest. He is a multi-platinum-selling recording artist, a Grammy nominee, and has starred in and served as executive producer of the half-hour TBS sitcom, “The Bill Engvall Show.” His feature films include "Bait Shop" with Billy Ray Cyrus and "Delta Farce" with Larry the Cable Guy and D.J. Qualls. Prior to his big screen debut, Engvall was one of the stars of the sketch comedy show "Blue Collar TV" on the WB network. The ensemble cast included Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy.
LINGO is an updated version of a show of the same name that has been on GSN’s air since 2002, and has consistently been one of the network’s highest-rated and most durable shows.
In LINGO, two teams of two contestants are given the first letter of a five-letter mystery word and a clue about that word. They have five chances to identify it correctly. When a team guesses a word correctly, they earn points and a chance to win on their bingo-style Lingo card. In the final round, the team with the highest number of points earns the chance to correctly identify up to five words in 90 seconds. If they do, they grab the $100,000 prize.
LINGO is produced by ZOO Productions, producers of the smash hit “Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?” With more than 350 hours of original programming since its inception in 1994, ZOO has quickly become one of the U.S.’s premiere production companies for reality with the emphasis on comedy. Other ZOO productions include the "Celebrity Scavenger Hunt" for NBC, “Southern Fried Stings” for truTV, MTV’s “Busted,” and WE TV's “Joan Knows Best.” Owned by London-based ALL3MEDIA, ZOO’s programming can be seen in over 150 countries worldwide.
The format rights to LINGO are controlled by All3Media International and licensed to ZOO Productions.
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