CBS ANNOUNCES MARIO LOPEZ AS HOST OF "CANDY CRUSH" PREMIERING SUNDAY, JULY 9 ON CBS
A New One-Hour, Live Action Game Show Series Based on the
Globally Renowned Mobile Game Franchise
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CBS today announced Mario Lopez as host of the new live action game show CANDY CRUSH, based on the globally renowned mobile game franchise. Produced by Pulse Creative in association with Lionsgate Television, King Ltd. and CBS Television Studios, CANDY CRUSH premieres Sunday, July 9 (9:00 - 10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
"Mario Lopez is a perfect fit to host CANDY CRUSH. As a big fan of the game and a competitor by nature, his larger-than-life enthusiasm matches the size and scope of our show," said executive producer Matt Kunitz.
"As a player, I am excited to step into the real life Candy Crush Arena" said Mario Lopez, host of CANDY CRUSH.
In the mobile game Candy Crush Saga, players match colorful candies in combinations of three or more to win points, defeat obstacles and progress through more than 2,000 levels. Candy Crush Saga and its sister title, Candy Crush Soda Saga, are two of the top 10 grossing mobile games in the U.S. On average, 18 billion game rounds of Candy Crush Saga are played every month around the world*.
In the new CBS series, the game that has become a worldwide phenomenon comes to life as teams of two people use their wits and physical agility to compete on enormous, interactive game boards featuring next generation technology. Teams will use their entire bodies to swing, slide and swipe to make matches in order to conquer CANDY CRUSH and be crowned the champions.
A seasoned entertainment personality, Mario Lopez is the host of the Daytime Emmy Award winning "Extra," a nationally syndicated daily show, as well as the nationwide iHeartMedia radio shows "On with Mario Lopez" and "iHeartRadio Countdown with Mario Lopez." On the Network, Lopez guest starred as NOPD Officer Hernandez on NCIS: NEW ORLEANS and Dr. Christian Ram�rez on THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL. Lopez is also a New York Times bestselling author and producer of the documentary "CHAMPS" and docu-reality series "Los Golden Boys."
CANDY CRUSH is produced by Pulse Creative in association with Lionsgate Television, King.com Ltd. and CBS Television Studios. Matt Kunitz, Peter Levin, Russell Binder, John Quinn, Nicki Sheard, VP Brand at King, and Sebastian Knutsson will serve as executive producers. Knutsson is King's Chief Creative Officer and is one of the founders of the company. He created Candy Crush Saga.
*King data for Candy Crush Saga as of September 2016
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