By Tony Maglio
Fox has ordered eight episodes of the international unscripted comedy, “Slide Show.”
From Shine America and executive producer Steve Carell, “Slide Show” pits two teams — featuring celebrities and comedians – against each other in a series of showdowns.
The teams will face unpredictable song, dance and sketch challenges while navigating the show’s trademark one-of-a-kind set, tilted at a 22.5-degree angle.
“I think unscripted television should be outrageous and audacious by definition. Unfortunately, not much is, as of late,” said Kevin Reilly, chairman of Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Co. “’Slide Show’ is the most ridiculously fun and out-there thing I’ve seen in quite a while. Steve Carell knows a thing or two about big laughs.”
“Comedy is subjective,” added Carell. “But if you don’t find ‘Slide Show’ to be funny and enormously entertaining, then you will never be my friend.”
Originally created by Arthur Essebag, “Slide Show” is based on a format from French-based production company Satisfaction, The Television Agency.
Also known as “Anything Goes” internationally, “Slide Show” debuted on TF1 in France in January 2012 and averaged nearly a 40 percent audience share. It has experienced similar success in Australia and elsewhere.
“Slide Show” will be produced by Shine America in association with Carell’s Carousel Television. Carell, Thom Hinkle, Eden Gaha and Paul Franklin will serve as executive producers. “Slide Show” is distributed globally by Shine International.