Craig Ferguson is back on TV for the forthcoming and newly declared game show The Hustler. ABC has placed a number of stints in The Hustler, a mystery-based game recently hosted by Craig Ferguson. The Lambert Studio series powered by All3Media should start development in the fall. The show will be released later. Described as a dazzling show, comedian, actor, writer, presenter, and ABC scholarship recipient, Ferguson helps break the mold of The Hustler, where a gamer secretly plays a game whose answer is certain. But don’t make mistakes, just because you have the answer doesn’t mean you’ll win the game.
Each correct answer makes the pot bigger, but what’s the catch? If the candidate who knows the answer gets stuck, he risks losing. To win, their understanding of the decision must be kept secret from those involved. During the episode, two candidates are secretly eliminated by Hustler, leaving the other three candidates – including Hustler – to decide who Hustler is. If they are right, the merit is theirs to be shared equally. If two participants get it wrong, Hustler takes all the money home.
“It’s rare and exciting to have a mysterious game show where viewers and attendees are hired to exploit their menial skills,” said Rob Mills, senior vice president, Alternative, Specials and Late Night Series, ABC Entertainment. “Studio Lambert and format developer Richard Bacon are delighted to partner with ABC at The Hustler,” said Stephen Lambert, CEO of Studio Lambert.
The premiere of the Hustler series will air on January 7, 2021. The show’s new episodes will premiere on ABC only every Thursday night between 10 p.m. and 9 p.m. ET.
Scottish-born Ferguson has won Emmy hosts, actors, writers and comedians. She started her entertainment career in the UK with music, comedy and theater, but later moved to the US to broaden her horizons. Ferguson’s breakthrough in the US came with Mr. Wick on ABC’s Drew Curry Show, a role he played from 1996 to 2003. From 2005 to 2014 he continued to host the CBS late night announcer “Too Late Show with Craig Ferguson”, being nominated for an Emmy and winning the Peabody show.