FOX Television Stations has announced the return of You Bet Your Life, set to debut in Fall 2021. The half-hour comedy game show will be hosted by Jay Leno and broadcast on the FOX owned-and-operated stations, as well as syndicated nationally. Tom Werner executive produce along with showrunner and EP David Hurwitz.
The initial order is for 180 episodes (or 36 five-day weeks).
“We need a familiar face to make us laugh and we are incredibly proud and excited to reinvent this renowned franchise with the enormously talented Jay,” stated Jack Abernethy, CEO, FOX Television Stations.
Said Leno: “I’m thrilled to be hosting the latest version of You Bet Your Life. One of my favorite things to do is talk to regular people and draw humor out of them. This is a comedy show wrapped in a game show that allows me to do just that.”
This new incarnation of the legendary game show will preserve the show’s trademark humorous interviews and unpredictable banter with each contestant, famously originated by Groucho Marx. The rebooted format will couple two strangers for the opportunity to win prize money by correctly answering questions about pre-determined categories. Each episode will present two pairs of contestants.
Werner stated, “David Hurwitz and I are thrilled to be working with Jay Leno and FOX on this classic Groucho Marx comedy. In these challenging times, we know America will be comforted to welcome Jay back every evening.”
“Jay Leno’s sense of humor is perfect for this legacy brand and I couldn’t be more excited to be partnered with him and Tom Werner to bring this iconic game that is full of laughs, back to television,” added Hurwitz.