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‘Celebrity Name Game’ Gets Cancelled

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The syndicated game show Celebrity Name Game has been officially cancelled after only three seasons on the air. Executive produced by David Arquette and Courtney Cox, the show will at least complete its current third year run before being taken off the air. Ratings have been solid worldwide for the show, but like all shows in the modern era that wasn’t enough.

Celebrity Name Game was based on the board game Identity Crisis. The show would pair celebrities with regular contestants in a bid to win $20,000. It was a pretty fun show that had a lot in common with the current crop of celebrity themed game shows popping up around the world. They had the charming host, they were backed by celebrities and their syndication allowed them worldwide exposure. Even Scott St. John became a rock star behind the camera as the showrunner due to his great job of handling the show.

Scott Ferguson as host will be missed, which is a shame since he is a two time Daytime Emmy Award winner. So, one again- how does this get cancelled? If average ratings aren’t to blame, then being syndicated may be the real culprit. Not having a dedicated network may have hurt the prospects of the show in the long run. In the original deal, Celebrity Name Game was meant to be a CBS show. It would have been perfect on the network, and right at home with their other game shows.

Now it will fade into oblivion, with virtually no chance of saving it. On the bright side, this leaves an opening in Ferguson’s schedule to make a run at a late night gig. Could it happen for a second time?

What would you think of Ferguson returning to late night? Does he still have what it takes to host an entertaining talk show?


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Iris
Iris
6 months 20 days ago

My husband & I are so upset that this show was cancelled. It’s, by far, one of the best game shows on air. We hope that it will be picked up by a prime network and if done, know that it will be a hit. Ferguson is an incredible host and the concept is great. Still can’t understand it’s cancellation!😠

Cheryl
Cheryl
3 months 10 days ago

Iris, I think they couldn’t get any new celebrities to do the show, and my husband and I were getting burned out at the contestants. Some were really smart and went on to win the $20,000, but most of them appeared to be so stupid. It was getting redundant to say the least. However, I think the primary reason it was cancelled was because it was not syndicated. Had it been on channel 2 5 or 7 it would have made it.

Debra
Debra
4 months 4 days ago

I don’t know who does the sound,but it’s god aweful! Love the show, but someone should check into the audio. Sorry that it hasn’t been renewed.

Jenny Shim
Jenny Shim
3 months 19 days ago

I’m so very mad at this show being cancelled.

Chris
Chris
3 months 16 days ago

Scott Ferguson will be shocked to learn he hosted the show. Craig Ferguson, on the other hand, will likely bitch slap you for blundering his name…

Cheryl
Cheryl
3 months 10 days ago

How true, Chris. I saw that mistake too.

Cheryl
Cheryl
3 months 10 days ago

Yes, I think that would be wonderful for him to return to late night. Really missed him, after he left. Hey, Jay Leno returned, why not Craig Ferguson? Let us keep our fingers and toes crossed, for a return.

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