SERIES PREMIERE: I’m a sucker for the innocent playfulness and good fun of NBC’s Hollywood Game Night
and CW’s Whose Line Is It Anyway?,
and this new syndicated game show, hosted by Craig Ferguson, plays right into that affable, enjoyable sensibility. In Celebrity Name Game,
the challenge is to identify celebrities in a series of different word games and rapid-fire question sessions. Sometimes the “regular contestants,” the civilians, are teamed with guest celebrities, as on Password.
Other times, it’s Ferguson himself joining the fun and throwing the clues – though, in today’s premiere, the most fun came when one player, hoping to elicit the correct response of “Steve Martin,” gave the clue, “He’s a ‘Wild and Crazy Guy’ and ‘a Jerk.’” To which her partner quickly but incorrectly screamed, “David Letterman!” Joely Fisher and Ana Gasteyer are the celebrities who show up to play on Day 1. To find the station and time where the show is televised in your area, visit the Celebrity Name Game website.