Nickelodeon has picked up 40 episodes of game show Go Viral (working title) from Ryan Seacrest Productions (RSP), it was announced today by Russell Hicks, Nickelodeon’s President of Content Development and Production. The half-hour, studio-based game show features kid contestants as they compete in elimination challenges revolving around viral videos. Each round will test kids on these laugh-out-loud videos – from predicting outcomes to guessing their popularity as voted by the studio audience. Production on the series is slated to commence early next year in Los Angeles and set to premiere in Summer 2014.
“We’re excited to be working with Ryan Seacrest Productions on this show that captures pop culture in an exciting new way for kids,” said Hicks. “Nickelodeon has an undeniable track record in producing hit game shows and we are adapting the format to reflect the way kids consume content today.”
“Everyone at RSP worked hard to develop a new game show that showcases the way kids consume entertainment today,” said Ryan Seacrest Productions CEO Adam Sher. “It’s our first series with Nickelodeon, and we’re excited to work with their team, and contribute to their legacy of making groundbreaking kids programming.”
Go Viral will be produced by RSP, with Ryan Seacrest and Adam Sher serving as Executive Producers for the series.
Nickelodeon has a long history of developing original, hit game shows for kids. The first game show that aired on the network was Double Dare in 1986, featuring Nick’s signatory slime. Over the next decade, Nickelodeon launched many other game shows including hits such as Family Double Dare, Wild and Crazy Kids, GUTS, BrainSurge, Legends of the Hidden Temple, Global GUTS and Figure it Out.