NBC renews ‘Weakest Link’ game show

NBC renewed the game show weakest link for a third season. The network lighted 20 episodes of the program hosted by Jane Lynch. Production of the new season will begin in the fall.

weakest link is based on a British broadcast distributed by BBC Studios. In each episode, eight contestants enter the studio as strangers, but must work together to cash in the maximum amount of prize money available each round. Candidates take turns answering general knowledge questions to build strings of correct answers. Consecutive correct answers greatly increase the value of the chain, while incorrect answers break the chain and force competitors to start over on the lowest rung. At the end of each round, the candidates vote to eliminate the candidate they consider to be the weak link.

The series reached more than 17 million viewers this season on linear and digital platforms, according to NBC.

Lynch’s credits include The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and accommodation Hollywood game night. “I look forward to a third season of mocking contestants and encouraging divisiveness,” Lynch said.

weakest link is produced by BBC Studios Los Angeles Productions in association with Universal Television Alternative Studio. Ryan O’Dowd executive produces for BBC Studios. Stuart Krasnow is executive producer and showrunner. Lynch is also an executive producer, along with Aaron Solomon. ■

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