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Mattel’s “Pictionary” Game Show to Premiere Nationally Monday, September 12



Mattel’s “Pictionary,” hosted by Jerry O’Connell, is set to premiere nationally on September 12, 2022. After a successful test run last summer, the series rolls out nationwide as O’Connell hosts the family favorite game show, based on Mattel’s popular board game of quick sketches and hilarious guesses.

The broadcast version of “Pictionary” will follow the same rules of at-home play. Celebrity captains, including Amanda Seales, Loni Love, Cristela Alonzo, Ross Mathews, Amanda Kloots, Akbar Gbajabiamila, Natalie Morales, and more, lead two teams of three as players draw clues for teammates to guess winning words or phrases. The 30-minute national daytime series is produced by Fox First Run as well as Bill’s Market and Television Production and distributed by CBS Media Ventures (CMV). The show will air on Fox-owned stations in major markets, among other stations nationwide. Click here to check local listings in your area.

“It’s exhilarating to be part of such an iconic tradition and to bring this beloved franchise to the daytime landscape,” O’Connell said. “Growing up, this was a family favorite and something I continue to share with my kids today. It’s a great privilege to help expand the reach of the experience, engaging contestants and fans of the game on a national scale.”

Arguably one of the busiest men in television, O’Connell adds “Pictionary” to a robust array of high-profile projects. He returns to host “The Talk” this fall and will host CBS’ reality romance adventure series, “The Real Love Boat,” premiering October 5th @ 9PM ET, with his wife, Rebecca Romijn.

O’Connell began his career at age 11, co-starring as Vern Tessio in “Stand by Me.” Perhaps most notably, he received vast critical acclaim for his role as quarterback Frank Cushman in “Jerry Maguire.” The actor recently starred in WGN’s “Carter” and “The Death of Superman.” Additional film credits include “Scream 2,” “Can’t Hardly Wait,” the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced comedy “Kangaroo Jack,” and “Piranha 3-D.” O’Connell has also been seen on multiple hit television series including “Scream Queens,” “Mistresses” and “Billions.” In the summer of 2019, he hosted “Jerry O,” a daytime talk show that aired on FOX Television Stations. Recently, O’Connell co-starred alongside David Alan Grier and Blair Underwood in “A Soldier’s Play,” which won two Tony Awards.

“Pictionary” is executive produced by David Hurwitz, Noah Bonnett, and Richard Brown. Fred Soulie, SVP & GM of Mattel Television, and Phil Breman, VP Live-Action, serve as Co-Executive Producers for Mattel.

Launched in 1985, Pictionary quickly grew to become the ultimate recreational activity for kids and adults alike. In 2019, Mattel reinvented the classic game in an interactive digital format. Dubbed Pictionary Air, the product won 2020 Toy of the Year (TOTY) in Toy Association’s annual ranking, regarded as the “Oscars” of the toy industry. Pictionary is available in more than 30 languages and nearly 40 countries.

Trademarks and copyrights in and to Pictionary® are owned by Pictionary Incorporated, a subsidiary of Mattel, Inc.

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