(April 14, 2015 – Burbank, CA) – “Heads Up!,” a new television series based on the wildly popular game and app of the same name from “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” is coming to HLN as its own highly addictive, fast-paced game show. Launching in first quarter 2016, the 65-episode half-hour game show strip from Telepictures will be hosted by Loni Love — comedian, actress and co-host of syndicated talk show “The Real” — and will air daily, Mondays through Fridays.
In the “Heads Up!” TV show, contestants pair up with a celebrity and try to correctly identify as many cards as they can based on clues from their teammate in categories ranging from movies and songs to actions, accents, body parts and more. In “Heads Up!,” (almost) nothing is off limits.
Ellen DeGeneres said: “I’m so excited that ‘Heads Up!’ is going to be a game show. It’s so fun and addictive. I play it on my show all the time. I play it at home. I played it last night at Jennifer Aniston’s house. She wasn’t home, so please don’t print that part.”
“We’re excited to translate this innovative game app into a TV show on HLN, and create another all-screens experience for our social media audience,” said Albie Hecht, Executive Vice President and General Manager, HLN. “And to be in business with a break-the-Internet star like Ellen is incredible.”
The Heads Up! app (iOS and Android) has been downloaded more than 16 million times worldwide and been played more than a half billion times. It was Apple’s top paid app of 2014.
The “Heads Up!” series is HLN’s second game show based on a successful app. In January, the Keywords app paved the way for the premiere of “Keywords,” the TV show, in March.
“Heads Up!” is from A Very Good Production in association with Telepictures. Ellen DeGeneres, Ed Glavin, Mary Connelly, Andy Lassner and Jeff Kleeman are the executive producers of the series.
HLN rebranded itself in 2014 with the mission of providing the social media community with the first all-screens home for the best social news and lifestyle content in the world. Inspired by the national passion for sharing news, and the technology that makes the flow of information instantly accessible, HLN rips its headlines from social media and actively interacts with consumers and what they are searching for, shopping for, playing, sharing, creating and watching. HLNtv.com is designed to be the digital home for the nation's most popular social media content.
Telepictures is an industry-leading and Emmy Award–winning producer of innovative, multiplatform advertiser-friendly television series and digital content for the first-run syndication, cable and digital marketplace. Programs produced by Telepictures have won 85 Emmy Awards in the last 18 years, including Outstanding Talk Show or Outstanding Talk Show Host for 15 of the last 17 years. Current Telepictures series include “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “Ellen’s Design Challenge,” “Extra,” “Judge Mathis,” “The People’s Court,” “The Real,” “TMZ,” “TMZ Hollywood Sports,” “TMZ Live,” “Candidly Nicole” and “Let’s Ask America.” Upcoming programs include “Crime Watch Daily” and “Heads Up!.” For more information about Telepictures programming, please visit www.telepicturestv.com.
About A Very Good Production:
A Very Good Production (AVGP) is the Emmy-winning television and film production company of producer/writer/actor/host Ellen DeGeneres. Based at Warner Bros. Television Group (WBTVG) with an exclusive multiyear deal, AVGP produces the nationally syndicated daytime talk program “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and develops television projects for all divisions of WBTVG, including scripted and unscripted primetime series for network and cable, as well as additional syndicated fare. AVGP’s current slate of television projects includes the scripted comedy “One Big Happy” for NBC; unscripted series “Repeat After Me” for ABC; unscripted design competition program “Ellen’s Design Challenge” for HGTV; “Heads Up!,” an upcoming fast-paced game show for HLN based on the wildly popular game and app of the same name from “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”; and “Hello Goodbye,” an upcoming unscripted series for the Travel Channel highlighting heart-warming — and sometimes heart-wrenching — stories of love, sorrow, family and friendship from travelers of all cultures and walks of life. Jeff Kleeman serves as President of A Very Good Production.