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RuPaul Charles to host US version of gameshow format Lingo for CBS

US broadcast network CBS has commissioned a new version of linguistic gameshow format Lingo to premiere later this year. RuPaul Charles of RuPaul’s Drag Race fame will host and executive produce the primetime gameshow. The format features teams of two facing off in fast-paced puzzle rounds to guess letters...
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RuPaul Charles To Host CBS Reboot Of Word Quiz ‘Lingo’

CBS is getting into wordplay. The network has ordered a primetime game show reboot of long-running format Lingo with RuPaul Charles to host. The series, which will premiere this year, is a cross between bingo and a word guessing game. It comes as word games are all the jazz, with The New York Times recently acquiring online word smash Wordle – though CBS is thought to have been developing a primetime reboot of Lingo since last summer. The game sees teams of two contestants face off in fast-paced puzzle rounds to guess letters that reveal seemingly simple words. At the end of each one-hour...
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RuPaul Charles to host CBS' Lingo revival amid Wordle craze

The recent success of Wordle has led to it being called out as a ripoff of the game show Lingo, which aired in syndication in 1987 and 1988 before Game Show Network revived it in 2002. Now CBS is teaming with RuPaul Charles to strike while the iron is hot with a Lingo revival. “We’re all ready to have fun again, and Lingo is the answer,” Charles said in a brief statement. In Lingo, created by the late Ralph Andrews, two teams of contestants face off in fast-paced puzzle rounds to guess letters that reveal seemingly simple words. At the end of each one-hour episode, the winning two teams face off in a final showdown, with one team winning an additional cash prize. Mitch Graham, CBS' senior vice president of alternative programming, alluded to Wordle's success, saying in a statement: "The word game craze is sweeping the nation, and Lingo will deliver a fast-paced, fun and addictive show for the whole family. RuPaul’s flair and sharp wit, coupled with the ability for viewers to play along at home, make this a timely show with wide appeal that we’re excited to join our network lineup."
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RuPaul Charles to Host ‘Lingo’ Game Show on CBS

CBS is adapting an international hit and bringing in an Emmy-winning host to do so. The network has ordered its own version of Lingo, the word-twisting, fast-thinking game show, to premiere in 2022. A premiere date has not yet been set. RuPaul Charles will serve as host and executive producer. Lingo is based on the hit international format that has had worldwide success, most recently on ITV in February 2021 in the U.K.
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