MATTEL'S "PICTIONARY" GAME SHOW TO PREMIERE NATIONALLY MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12
SYNDICATED DAYTIME SERIES HOSTED BY JERRY O'CONNELL WILL FEATURE AN ALL-STAR LINEUP OF CELEBRITY GUEST CAPTAINS ON EACH SHOW
NEW YORK, August 17, 2022 - Mattel's "Pictionary," hosted by Jerry O'Connell, is set to premiere nationally on September 12, 2022. After a successful test run last summer, the series rolls out nationwide as O'Connell hosts the family 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 rules of at-home play. 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 draw clues for teammates to guess winning words or 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 part of such an iconic tradition and to bring this beloved franchise to the daytime landscape," O'Connell said. "Growing up, this was a family favorite and something I continue to share with my kids today. It's a great privilege to help expand the reach of the experience, engaging contestants and fans of the game on a national scale."
Arguably one of the busiest men in television, O'Connell adds "Pictionary" to a robust array of high-profile projects. He returns to host "The Talk" this fall and will host CBS' reality romance adventure series, "The Real Love Boat," premiering October 5th at 9 p.m. ET, with his wife, Rebecca Romijn.
O'Connell began his career at age 11, co-starring as Vern Tessio in "Stand by Me." Perhaps most notably, he received vast 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." Additional 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 on multiple 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 co-starred alongside David Alan Grier and Blair Underwood in "A Soldier's Play," which won two Tony Awards.
"Pictionary" is executive produced by David Hurwitz, Noah Bonnett and Richard Brown. Fred Soulie, SVP & GM of Mattel Television and Phil Breman, VP Live-Action, serve as Co-Executive Producers for Mattel.
Launched in 1985, Pictionary quickly grew to become the ultimate recreational activity for kids and adults alike. In 2019, Mattel reinvented the classic game in an interactive digital format. Dubbed Pictionary Air, the product won 2020 Toy of the Year (TOTY) in Toy Association's annual ranking, regarded as the "Oscars" of the toy industry. Pictionary is available in more than 30 languages and nearly 40 countries.
Trademarks and copyrights in and to Pictionary(R) are owned by Pictionary Incorporated, a subsidiary of Mattel, Inc.
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CBS Media Ventures is the preeminent company in television syndication. 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 advertising sales for Debmar-Mercury's and Fox's first-run syndicated programming, and operates Dabl, a multiplatform, advertiser-supported lifestyle network (www.dabl.com). CMV is part of CBS Entertainment Group and a division of Paramount.
Mattel is a leading global toy company 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), as well as other popular intellectual properties that we own or license in partnership with global entertainment companies. Our offerings include film and television content, gaming, music, and live events. We operate in 35 locations and our products are available in more than 150 countries in collaboration with the world's leading retail and ecommerce companies. Since its founding in 1945, Mattel is proud to be a trusted partner in empowering children to explore the wonder 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 focusing on live, scripted and non-scripted entertainment. The company is helmed by Gelila and David Hurwitz who has executive produced a wide range of series from Fear Factor and Ellen's Game of Games to You Bet Your Life with Jay Leno.