‘Name That Tune’: Release date, hosts and all you need to know about the reboot of the 1952 game show
Jane Krakowski will serve as host of the new version of the show with Randy Jackson set to serve as bandleader
Fox has ordered a reboot of the vintage musical game show “Name That Tune.” It first premiered on NBC Radio in 1952.
Originally created and produced by orchestra conductor Harry Salter and his wife Roberta Semple Salter, the series features contestants competing to correctly identify songs being played by an on-stage orchestra or band. Jane Krakowski will serve as host of the new version of the show, with Randy Jackson set to serve as bandleader.
The 2021 version of ‘Name That Tune’ is produced by Fox Alternative Entertainment, Prestige Entertainment, and Eureka Productions. Chris Culvenor and Paul Franklin executive produce via Eureka. Ralph Rubenstein and Noah Rubenstein are also executive producers along with Janine Cooper, who also serves as the series’ showrunner.
The one-hour series will premiere on January 6 at 9 pm ET.
The show tests contestants’ music knowledge, as they battle it out in an assortment of challenging musical games for cash and prizes. Each episode will consist of two stand-alone half-hour contests, each pitting two players against each other as they race against the clock to test their knowledge of songs, performed by the live band.
Each contest features a rotating variety of games from the original format, before the iconic Bid-a-Note round. The player with the most money at the end of Bid-a-Note wins the game and takes his or her bank into the Golden Medley bonus round, for a chance to win additional cash and potentially the $100,000 grand prize.
Jane Krakowski (52) is an American actress and singer. She is best known for her starring role as Jenna Maroney in the NBC satirical comedy series '30 Rock', for which she received four Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. Her other notable television roles include Elaine Vassal in the Fox legal comedy-drama series ‘Ally McBeal’ and Jacqueline White in the Netflix comedy series ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’.
Randall Darius Jackson (64) is an American bassist, singer, record producer, entrepreneur and television personality. Jackson began his career in the 1980s as a session musician playing bass guitar for an array of jazz, pop, rock, and R&B performers. He moved on to work in music production and as A&R at Columbia Records and MCA Records. Jackson is best known for his appearances as the longest-serving judge on ‘American Idol' and executive producer for MTV's ‘America's Best Dance Crew’.
The trailer for Season 2 is not out yet. MEAWW will update this space when it's released.
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