NBC Renews Weakest Link


NBC has ordered a second season of the game show Weakest Link, hosted by Jane Lynch.

The series sees contestants answer general knowledge questions to win prize money across multiple rounds. At the end of each round, the contestants vote out who they perceive to be the “Weakest Link” remaining. Production on the new season will begin later this year.

Co-produced by BBC Studios’ Los Angeles production arm and Universal Television Alternative Studio, the new version of Weakest Link features the pillars of the original British format distributed by BBC Studios with a few modern twists. The format has been produced in 46 territories around the globe, with more than 1,500 episodes having aired in the U.K. alone.

Jenny Groom, executive VP of unscripted content at NBCUniversal Television and Streaming, said: “Audiences have clearly embraced this smart, fun and completely addicting show, and it’s been a great addition to the NBC lineup. A huge thank you to Jane, our friends at BBC Studios, Universal Television Alternative Studio and everyone who has been instrumental in keeping the DNA of the original format intact while simultaneously adding new flourishes that make it as relevant and popular as ever.”

Lynch said: “I’m thrilled that Weakest Link will return for another season. It has been my honor to bring back this classic game show loved by millions. I also look forward to challenging the brainpower of our players while baiting them to turn against one another for the chance to win some life-changing cash. And, of course, for my own enjoyment, and not to mention the opportunity to say ‘You are the weakest link. Goodbye.’ several times an episode.”

Valerie Bruce, general manager of BBC Studios, Los Angeles Productions, added: “As the fastest and fiercest game show on TV, Weakest Link has been immortalized in pop culture. “The format has proven longevity, attracting global audiences for the past two decades and we’re thrilled to celebrate its latest success in the U.S. Our Los Angeles production arm is excited to partner with NBC on a second season of the series with Jane Lynch, whose quick wit, humor and shrewdness are captivating.”