MATTEL’S “PICTIONARY” GAME NATIONALLY PREMIERE MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12
THE SYNDICATED DAYTIME SERIES HOSTED BY JERRY O’CONNELL WILL FEATURE AN ALL-STAR LINEUP OF CELEBRITY GUEST CAPTAINS ON EVERY SHOW
NEW YORK, August 17, 2022 — Mattel’s “Pictionary,” hosted by Jerry O’Connell, is set to premiere nationwide on September 12, 2022. After a successful test run last summer, the series is rolling out nationwide as that O’Connell hosts the family’s favorite game show, based on Mattel’s popular board game of quick sketches and hilarious guesses.
The broadcast version of “Pictionary” will follow the same home game rules. Celebrity captains including Amanda Seales, Loni Love, Cristela Alonzo, Ross Mathews, Amanda Kloots, Akbar Gbajabiamila, Natalie Morales and more lead two teams of three as players pull clues for their teammates to guess the words or the winning phrases. The 30-minute national daytime series is produced by Fox First Run as well as Bill’s Market and Television Production and distributed by CBS Media Ventures (CMV). The show will air on Fox-owned stations in major markets, among other stations nationwide. Click here to check local listings in your area.
“It’s exhilarating to be a part of such an iconic tradition and to bring this beloved franchise into the daytime landscape,” O’Connell said. “Growing up it was a family favorite and something I continue to share with my children today. It’s a great privilege to help expand the reach of the experience, engaging competitors and fans of the game nationwide.”
Arguably one of TV’s busiest men, O’Connell adds “Pictionary” to a solid lineup of high-profile projects. He returns to host “The Talk” this fall and will host CBS’ reality romance adventure series, “The Real Love Boat,” which premieres Oct. 5 at 9 p.m. ET with his wife, Rebecca Romijn.
O’Connell began his career at age 11, starring Vern Tessio in “Stand by Me.” Perhaps most notably, he received critical acclaim for his role as quarterback Frank Cushman in “Jerry Maguire.” The actor recently starred in WGN’s “Carter” and “The Death of Superman.” Other film credits include “Scream 2,” “Can’t Hardly Wait,” the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced comedy “Kangaroo Jack,” and “Piranha 3-D.” O’Connell has also been seen in several hit television series, including “Scream Queens”, “Mistresses” and “Billions”. In the summer of 2019, he hosted “Jerry O”, a daytime talk show that aired on FOX television stations. Recently, O’Connell starred alongside David Alan Grier and Blair Underwood in “A Soldier’s Play,” which won two Tony Awards.
“Pictionary” is produced by David Hurwitz, Noah Bonnett and Richard Brown. Fred Soulie, SVP & GM of Mattel Television and Phil Breman, VP Live-Action, are Mattel’s co-executive producers.
Launched in 1985, Pictionary quickly became the ultimate recreational activity for kids and adults. In 2019, Mattel reimagined the classic game in an interactive digital format. Called Pictionary Air, the product won the 2020 Toy of the Year (TOTY) award in the Toy Association’s annual rankings, considered the “Oscars” of the toy industry. Pictionary is available in over 30 languages and nearly 40 countries.
Trademarks and copyrights in and on Pictionary(R) are owned by Pictionary Incorporated, a subsidiary of Mattel, Inc.
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About CBS Media Ventures
CBS Media Ventures is the leading television syndication company. CMV produces or distributes popular critically acclaimed hits including “Dr. Phil”, “Judge Judy”, “Entertainment Tonight”, “Wheel of Fortune”, “Jeopardy!”, “Inside Edition”, “Rachael Ray” and “The Drew Barrymore Show.” The division also handles national barter ad sales for first-run syndicated programming from Debmar-Mercury and Fox, and operates Dabl, a cross-platform, advertiser-supported lifestyle network (www.dabl.com). CMV is part of CBS Entertainment Group and a division of Paramount.
Mattel is a global toy leader and owner of one of the strongest catalogs of children’s and family entertainment franchises in the world. We create innovative products and experiences that inspire, entertain and develop children through play. We engage consumers through our portfolio of iconic brands including Barbie(R), Hot Wheels(R), Fisher-Price(R) , American Girl(R), Thomas & Friends(R), UNO(R), Masters of the Universe(R), Monster High(R) and MEGA(R), and other popular intellectual properties that we own or we license in partnership with global entertainment companies. Our offerings include film and TV content, games, music and live events. We operate in 35 locations and our products are available in over 150 countries working with the world’s leading retail and e-commerce companies. Since its founding in 1945, Mattel has proudly been a trusted partner in enabling children to explore the wonders of childhood and reach their full potential. Visit us online at mattel.com.
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ABOUT Bill’s Market & Television Production
Bill’s Market & Television Production is an independent production company specializing in live, scripted and unscripted entertainment. The company is run by Gelila and David Hurwitz, who have produced a wide range of series ranging from Fear Factor and Ellen’s Game of Games to You Bet Your Life with Jay Leno.