EXCLUSIVE: Task masterthe quirky British game show, is taking another spin on the US market with its own global streaming service.
The team behind the series, produced by Last week tonight with John Oliver producer Avalon Television, launches Taskmaster SuperMax+.
The SVOD service launches today with a particular focus on the United States and Canada. The show’s YouTube channel has garnered more than 3 billion impressions, with about a third coming from North America.
It is one of the first shows, rather than companies, to launch its own standalone subscription video platform.
It comes after a slightly damp launch in the US in 2020 when The CW, which had acquired the original version of the show, pulled the show after one episode. An American remake of the show, hosted by Reggie Watts, aired for one season on Comedy Central in the United States in 2018.
The idea now is to take fans online, where they can see all seasons of the UK show, all international versions and new, never-before-seen specials.
The show was created by Alex Horne and is hosted by The Inbetweeners star Greg Davies as Taskmaster, who assigns simple comedic and bizarre tasks to five regular contestants – usually comedians – with Alex Horne acting as assistant to the Taskmaster. The tasks – usually done in isolation, but sometimes in teams – are designed to encourage players to think laterally and creatively.
Comedians that unfold throughout the seasons include Romesh Ranganathan, Katherine Ryan, Al Murray, Lolly Adefope, Noel Fielding, Aisling Bea, Russell Howard, and Rose Matafeo.
Tyrant first ran for nine seasons on UKTV’s Dave from 2015 before Channel 4 stepped in with an order for six seasons over three years. The UK enters its 13and season this spring.
There have been local versions of the show in Sweden, Finland, Norway, Belgium, Spain and New Zealand and the UK version has aired in 94 countries.
Taskmaster SuperMax+ will launch with the first three seasons of the show on March 4. Season four will air from March 11, season 5 from March 18, season six from March 25, season seven in April, season eight from April 8, and season nine will air weekly from April 15.
Alex Horne said: “I’ve been told many times that not everyone can watch Tyrant. It’s far from ideal and I’m sorry about that. However, now there’s something called Taskmaster SuperMax+, which is a global streaming service with a big name where you’ll soon be able to watch all episodes ad-free; the complete global home for all things Taskmaster. Season 9 will air here, for example, so people in North America can finally see me dressed as a mermaid.