Forgive us if we think Fox has gone a bit tipsy with a newly-acquired show. But we’re just talking about a set that tilts at a precarious angle — one of several challenges facing celebrity contestants on a primetime comedy show that will be produced by funnyman Steve Carrell.
Fox has ordered eight episodes of Slide Show, a spin-off of the international hit Anything Goes, which debuted in France in January. The basic premise pits two teams of celebrities and comedians in a series of competitions that force the teams to sing, dance and create comedy sketches while overcoming mental and physical obstacles (hence the tilted set that gives the show its title).
Versions of the show airing in several other countries — including France, Australia, Portugal and Denmark — have dominated their respective time slots. Newly localized shows will soon air in China, the Netherlands and Spain.
The Hollywood Reporter quotes Fox entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly saying he expects unscripted television to be “outrageous and audacious.” Carell — along with production company Shine America — will produce the project for Fox, drawing on his comedic sensibilities to liven up the show and create a list of participants that will draw viewers, however tilted the project proves.