Abbott Elementary’s Janelle James to host ABC game show ‘The Final Straw’ with Peyton Manning as EP
Janelle James, one of the stars of ABC’s hit comedy Abbott Elementary, doubles with the Disney-owned network.
She hosts a game show The final strawwhich saw NFL legend Peyton Manning join as one of the executive producers.
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The network announced last month that the Jenga-esque format will air alongside Celebrity Family Feud and The $100,000 pyramid from July 10.
It sees four teams of competitors go head-to-head to battle huge tilting towers. Each life-size themed tower is filled with a variety of objects ranging from basketballs to small kitchen appliances as contestants attempt to successfully remove objects from the pile without knocking them over in order to win prizes. If the tower falls, the team is eliminated and the last team standing will take on The Mega Stack, an epic physics battle where the odds are literally stacked against them, in hopes of winning a life-changing grand prize.
James wrote and appeared on Showtime Black Monday and AppleTV+ central parkas well as touring with the likes of Chris Rock, Amy Schumer and David Cross.
The series is produced by B17 Entertainment in association with Manning’s Omaha Productions and Walt Disney Television Alternative. The former Colts star will executive produce alongside Brien Meagher, Rhett Bachner and Sarah Happel Jackson with Keith Geller serving as showrunner and executive producer.
“The final straw is a fresh and exciting format that you really haven’t seen anywhere else. It’s a simple concept with great visuals that’s sure to keep audiences hooked and families entertained all summer long,” said Rob Mills, EVP, Unscripted and Alternative Entertainment, Walt Disney Television. “With Janelle’s comedic timing and Peyton’s knack for competition, we have the perfect duo to kick off ABC’s new unscripted series.”
“I’m thrilled to be a part of a show that’s as silly and fun as I am,” James said. “I look forward to this opportunity to expand my relationship with ABC with my second comedy project on the network.”
“In my 18 seasons in the NFL, I’ve learned that there’s no better formula for success than a strategic plan and good teamwork,” said Peyton Manning. “Both will be needed in The final straw as teams across America run their playbook to keep their towers standing.
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