‘Weakest Link’ returning to NBC
NBC is preparing to say “hello” to a cult classic that it said “goodbye” to in 2003.
The network’s reboot of “Weakest Link” is debuting Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 8 p.m. eastern with Jane Lynch as host.
Lynch, who is an actor and comedian, also hosts “Hollywood Game Night” for NBC.
The show had been set to debut Monday, Sept. 28, but NBC shuffled its schedule to move it to Tuesday for three weeks.
Starting Oct. 19, the show will shift to 10 p.m. Mondays, immediately following the Monday installment of “The Voice.”
Production started in August 2020, according to a post from Lynch on Instagram. Publicity photos indicate the show will the same, semicircular set layout as the original.
NBC has ordered 13 episodes of the reboot, which is being produced by BBC Studios and Universal Television Alternative Studio.
Ryan O’Dowd is EPing for BBC Studios, with Stuart Krasnow, who exec produced the original NBC run, returning as both EP and showrunner. Lynch is also billed as an executive producer.
“Weakest Link” involves contestants answering rapid fire general knowledge questions read the by the host. The goal was to create an unbroken “chain” of correct answers. Each one added more money to a pool — with amounts increasing as the chain continued.
Contestants could “bank” money by saying the word at any point in the round, but this would also “break” the chain. While any funds earned before a constant opted to bank became protected and could not be taken away, the monetary values for correct answers also reset.
At the end of each round, constants would vote on who was the “weakest link” (or weakest player) and that person would be eliminated with the famous line “You are the weakest link. Goodbye.”
Eventually, a “surviving” contestant could win the entire value of the bank accumulated during gameplay.
British TV host and journalist Anne Robinson hosted the NBC version as well as the original British iteration.