Spike TV has given a formal order to “Caraoke Showdown,” a half-hour game show hosted by Craig Robinson.
Earlier this year, Spike aired a one-off special of “Caraoke Showdown,” before officially greenlighting the series with a 10-episode order.
Described as a “new, original, half-hour game show” that is like “Cash Cab” meets karaoke, “Caraoke Showdown” features Robinson posing as a driver, picking up unsuspecting contestants soon realize they’re on a karaoke-inspired game show. During rounds of game play, contestants must belt out their favorite tunes, finish the lyrics or act out songs for cash.
Robinson will host and executive produce the series. He is best known for his role on NBC’s “The Office” and currently is recurring on Season 2 of USA Network’s “Mr. Robot.”
“Caraoke Showdown” comes after Spike’s success with another unscripted music-driven series, “Lip Sync Battle,” which set records for the Viacom-owned cabler. This year, “Caraoke Showdown” is the second game show to be greenlit at Spike, following “That Awkward Game Show,” which premieres this fall.
The karaoke-in-car format has been hugely popular as of late, stemming off of James Corden’s “Carpool Karaoke”segment on “The Late Late Show,” which has drawn the likes of George Clooney, Justin Bieber, Adele and most recently Michelle Obama.