Fox has given an eight-episode order to Slide Show, an unscripted comedy from Shine America and Steve Carell. It is based on international format Anything Goes, originally created by Arthur Essebag for French-based production company Satisfaction, The Television Agency. Slide Show pits two teams — featuring the nation’s funniest celebrities and comedians — against each other in a series of showdowns designed to hilariously test mind and body. Throughout the game, the competitors must think on their feet as the teams face unpredictable song, dance and sketch challenges, often 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 Reilly. “Slide Show is the most ridiculously fun and out-there thing I’ve seen in quite awhile.” Added Carell, “Comedy is subjective, but if you don’t find Slide Show to be funny and enormously entertaining, then you will never be my friend.” Slide Show debuted on TF1 in France in January 2012 and averaged nearly a 40% audience share. The series debuted in Australia on Seven Network in August and has been the top-rated show in its time slot each week. After enjoying similar success in both Portugal and Denmark, the format is set to launch in Spain, the Netherlands, China and other territories in the coming months. Slide Show will be produced by Shine America in association with Carell’s Carousel Television and distributed globally by Shine International. Carell, Thom Hinkle, who just joined TBS as VP Comedy, Eden Gaha and Paul Franklin will serve as executive producers.
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