Universal Kids adds two FremantleMedia game shows

Kid-skewing game shows The Noise (pictured) and Beat the Clock will bow on NBCUniversal's newly launched channel.
October 13, 2017

NBCUniversal-owned Universal Kids is set to bow two new kid-focused game shows from FremantleMedia North AmericaThe Noise (pictured) and Beat the Clock.

The kid-skewing game shows are a first for Fremantle, which is behind adult fare like Family Feud, The Price is Right and Let’s Make a Deal.

Premiering on October 23 with back-to-back episodes, The Noise is based on a popular format from Fuji TV in Japan. It’s hosted by Faruq Tauheed (BattleBots) and will challenge kids to complete various tasks silently. Two teams made up of two kids each will compete against an always listening “Noise-O-Meter” to open a bag of chips or hang a set of wind chimes as quietly as possible. FMNA’s Jennifer Mullin and Joni Day are executive producers, with Michael Dietz serves as showrunner. There series will also be accompanied by a Noise-O-Meter app available on iTunes and Google Play, which will let families try the challenges at home.

Beat the Clock was the longest-running TV stunt show in history when it premiered in the 1950s. The new version will revive the format in 2018, allowing kids to team up with their adult family members and race against the clock in wacky challenges. One team makes it to the end where they compete against “The Big Clock” for a grand prize. It will be hosted by Paul Costabile (New York Live, iHeartRadio) with the same executive producers as The Noise and Noah Bonnett serving as showrunner.

The FremantleMedia series join other Universal Kids competitions series like Top Chef Junior, which was just renewed for a second season by the newly launched channel.

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