Password returns to the small screen this summer. NBC ordered a revival of the popular game show in May 2021, and now more details have been revealed. Keke Palmer is set to host the game show, and the first episode will be dedicated to Betty White – a frequent player from previous iterations and the wife of original host Allen Ludden.
NBC revealed more about the upcoming series in a press release.
“One of the most iconic game shows in television history, Password arrives on NBC prime time this summer. The series, which in recent years has found a new generation of fans on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallonwill be hosted by Emmy-winning actress Keke Palmer, star of Jordan Peele’s upcoming film, Nope.
Palmer will order the Password podium as contestants from all walks of life are teamed up with Jimmy Fallon and other celebrities to go head-to-head in the ultimate word game. Fallon will star in each of the eight hour-long episodes as the celebrity/contestant duos compete for cash prizes by guessing a secret password using one-word clues.
The first episode will be dedicated to Betty White. Performing regularly on the original series, as well as on Late Night with Jimmy Fallonthe iconic TV star has long been considered a Password greatest player. The season will then culminate with a special episode featuring a lineup of stars and celebrities playing for charity.
The pioneering series established itself as the original celebrity pun when it launched in 1961 and has featured hundreds of celebrity guests and generated multiple spin-offs over six decades. NBC revived the show in 1979 and 1984 before becoming a hit game on both Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and The show tonight.
It was recently announced that Fallon’s other hit series, It’s my jamhas been renewed for a second season on NBC.
Password is produced by Fremantle in association with Universal Television Alternative Studio, a division of Universal Studio Group, and Electric Hot Dog. Jimmy Fallon, Jim Juvonen and Jennifer Mullin will serve as executive producers, along with John Quinn who will also serve as showrunner.
A first date for Password will be announced later.
What do you think? Are you excited to see a new iteration of Password come to NBC?