Big Brother and Survivor players are getting ready to crush the competition. Memorable contestants from the long-running CBS reality shows will return to the network to compete on the upcoming live-action game show Candy Crush.
Recent Big Brother houseguests Da’Vonne Rogers (BB18), Paul Abrahamian, (BB18), Frankie Grande (BB16), and Caleb Reynolds (BB16 and Survivor) are all set to compete on the series premiere of the new hour-long game show, according to the Hollywood Reporter. In addition, Survivor favorites Kelley Wentworth, Joe Anglim, Woo Hwang, and Jeremy Collins will also appear on Candy Crush, which will be hosted by Mario Lopez.
Candy Crush is based on the popular mobile game of the same name, but now it will get a made-for-TV twist as teams of two go head-to-head to compete for a $100,000 prize.
According to THR, the reality TV crossover will feature the following two-person teams: Rogers and Abrahamian, Grande and Reynolds, Wentworth and Anglim, and Hwang and Collins.
Abrahamian, who battled his way to the runner-up spot last summer on Big Brother Season 18, said he’s ready for both mental and physical challenges on the new CBS game show, and he compared the app-inspired game to a Big Brother competition.
Entertainment Weekly recently gave a sneak peek at the TV version of Candy Crush, which takes place in a massive arena where contestants will swing, slide, swipe, and scale a virtual game board as they try defeat obstacles while trying to match candies. The Candy Crush series of mobile games log an estimated 18 billion rounds per month worldwide, so with any luck, the TV version will generate a lot of interest from candy-obsessed fans.
As for the new casting news, CBS loves crossovers with its Big Brother and Survivor casts, so it’s not a huge surprise they plan to bring some of their biggest fan-favorite reality stars out for the Candy Crush debut.
In the past, beloved Big Brother couples like Rachel Reilly and Brendon Villegas and Jeff Schroeder and Jordan Lloyd have competed on CBS’ The Amazing Race. And the iconic CBS game show The Price Is Right featured special Big Brother, Survivor, and Amazing Race editions emceed by the reality shows’ famous hosts. In addition, the Big Brother castmates sometimes make cameos on CBS soaps like The Bold and the Beautiful.
Take a look at the video below to see a preview for Candy Crush.
Big Brother Season 19 premieres June 28 on CBS. Candy Crush premieres July 9.
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