NBC Orders U.S. Version of The Wheel


NBC has commissioned a ten-episode treatment of The Wheel, which is fresh off of a successful launch on the BBC in prime time.

The game show provides three contestants an opportunity to battle it out through general-knowledge questions where the objective is to keep your spot at the center of the wheel. There are seven celebrity experts on the wheel, ready to help answer the questions.

NBC’s version of The Wheel will be produced by Warner Bros. Unscripted Television’s Warner Horizon division and the original British creative team, Hungry McBear and Michael McIntyre, who hosts the U.K. version.

“We knew that NBC was the perfect home for The Wheel within the first few minutes of watching the show,” said Jenny Groom, executive VP of unscripted content for NBCUniversal Television and Streaming. “It’s inherent ingenuity and addictive gameplay immediately hooked us. We couldn’t be more thrilled to add this to our strong roster of game show formats.”

“It’s incredibly rare in this day and age for a new show to become an unqualified smash hit overnight … let alone in the biggest territory in Europe,” said Mike Darnell, president of Warner Bros. Unscripted Television. “We are thrilled to be in business with Hungry McBear and our amazing partners at NBC, who immediately saw The Wheel’s potential and picked it up within 24 hours of the pitch.”

“I’m thrilled The Wheel is spinning Stateside,” McIntyre said. “Hosting this show is the most fun I’ve had on television. The format creates wonderful camaraderie among the celebrities, natural hilarity and genuine suspense. I can’t wait for The Wheel to roll across America.”

Dan Baldwin, managing director of Hungry McBear, added: “We are absolutely delighted that ‘The Wheel’ has been picked up by NBC. We are excited to introduce American audiences to this incredible game show. Together with our partners at Warner Bros., NBC viewers can look forward to lots of big laughs, big spins and big wins!”