With the surprising news that Leslie Jones is out of Saturday Night Live and Kate McKinnon is staying on, comes word on Jones’ next project. And for those of you who were obsessed with game shows back in the day, you’ll be happier than a kid in a candy store. Correction — grocery store.
Mere hours after Deadline reported Leslie opted to leave SNL came word of what she’s got lined up: Supermarket Sweep. While HBO’s A Black Lady Sketch Show might seem more up her alley, that would’ve been way too predictable. Instead, why wouldn’t the Ghostbusters star bring back one of her favourite childhood game shows? Particularly one that boasts the kind of frenetic energy that Jones herself has in spades. If you recall, in Supermarket Sweep, contestants raced around a supermarket, collecting high-priced groceries. The team with the most expensive items in their shopping cart won. A simple enough premise but with bonus items spread around the store and contestants given a time limit, it was a fun, frenzied half hour.
The Supermarket Sweep reboot, which Jones will host and executive-produce, has yet to find a home but Deadline reports that ABC, NBC, Fox and Netflix are interested. It could be argued that ABC might be best suited to air the show considering it’s where the original Supermarket Sweep debuted and aired from 1965 to 1967.
In recent years, ABC has been home to other old-timey shows we knew and loved including The $100,000 Pyramid, Celebrity Family Feud, Press Your Luck and Card Sharks. It also has Match Game in its lineup, hosted by Alec Baldwin, SNL regular and 17-time host. A Match Game/Supermarket Sweep crossover episode? Yes, please! But don’t count out NBC, which has Hollywood Game Night, Little Big Shots and The Wall on its schedule.
Fox has added game shows to its schedule with Beat Shazam, Spin the Wheel and Mental Samurai, and we wouldn’t put it past producers to want to pair the Supermarket Sweep revival with Netflix’s Nailed It!, both of which are equal parts straightforward and silly.
This isn’t the first time Supermarket Sweep has been revived. It was reincarnated by Lifetime from 1990 to 1995 and PAX revived it from 1999 to 2003.
Jones can be heard in theatres now in The Angry Birds Movie 2, is currently filming Coming 2 America, and has signed on to work with Kristen Bell in the comedy Queenpins, as well as the Haitan boxer drama I Am Maurice.
Producer Fremantle is also working on a U.K. revival of Supermarket Sweep. Now, who can we talk to about bringing back Bumper Stumpers?