The Candy Crush TV show is in production right now even if there’s no compelling reason to do it. Or to put it mildly, why now? The game was first launched on Facebook in April 2012 before it moved on to iOS and Android when the whole thing really exploded. Two years later, it became one of the most downloaded mobile games in the world. In fact, as of May 2015, it held the third and fourth places of the top 10 earners, raking in as much as $915,279 per day for the Candy Crush Saga and $372,203 for the sequel, Candy Crush Soda.
Ready Or Not, Candy Crush TV Show Is Happening: Here’s What You Need To Know
But why make a Candy Crush TV show now? There’s no denying its best years are behind it. The game also paved the way for other developers to follow its successful business model. Say what you want about the game, it’s extremely addicting and challenging. It also pioneered what’s called as the Freemium model where anybody can finish the game without any purchases, but the progressing challenge does make it very tempting to look at the in-app purchases to clear more difficult levels. In just three months during its peak, the game already earned for the developer almost $500 million.
Whether you decide to watch the Candy Crush TV show or not, here are the things you should know:
1. Fun + Shock Value?
That right there is Matt Kunitz, who signed on to a television deal with Lionsgate two years ago. He will be producing the Candy Crush TV show. He’s got some experience with hit shows and competition games, and this is just right his alley. Among the hit shows under his watch are Fear Factor and Wipeout. I just hope he’s got some tricks up his sleeves for this one. Maybe he can throw some spiders at the contestants, and would really ramp up the fun value.
2. CBS Has Ordered Episodes For Candy Crush TV Show
You can watch the Candy Crush TV show over at CBS, which president Glenn Geller, who’s right there in the photo, heads. Apparently, Mr. Heller is a huge fan of the game and he thinks it would translate well from mobile to the small screen.
3. Each episode will run for an hour
The press release for the Candy Crush TV show states it will be about two competitors pitting their skills not just against each other but also against the giant game boards. They must finish all the obstacles thrown their way as they move up through the different levels. Viewers at home may also participate. Now, that does sound a lot like the defunct Nickelodeon show, Double Dare.
Here’s a sketch of Stephen Colbert back when Candy Crush was still, well, crushing it at Google Play and the Apple Store:
The Candy Crush TV show is being produced for the boob tube by Lionsgate and developer King. Right now, there’s no host for the program, which is understandable considering a lot of the show’s success will be riding on him/her capacity to engage viewers. The good news is the producer of the planned series does have some pedigree when it comes to making some fun game shows. So I think I’m going to hold off my judgment about this one for now.
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