RuPaul Charles to host ‘Lingo’ game show on CBS

SCS adapts an international hit and introduces a Emmys-Winning host for doing so.

The network has ordered its own version of Lingo, the word-twisting, quick-thinking game show, which is slated to premiere in 2022. A premiere date has yet to be set. RuPaul Charles will serve as host and executive producer. Lingo is based on the hit international format which enjoyed worldwide success, most recently on ITV in February 2021 in the UK

The hour-long game show features teams of two competing in quick puzzle rounds to guess letters that reveal seemingly simple words. The two winning teams will face off in the nerve-wracking final showdown. Only one will walk away with an extra big cash prize.

“We’re all ready to have fun again, and Lingo is the answer,” Charles said in a statement.


Mitch Graham, SVP of Alternative Programming, CBS, added, “We give you a letter, and you guess what! The word game craze is sweeping the nation, and Lingo will provide a fast-paced, fun, and addictive spectacle for the whole family. RuPaul’s flair and quick wit, coupled with the ability for viewers to play at home, make for a timely show with broad appeal that we’re excited to join our lineup of networks.

Layla Smith, President and CEO of Objective Media Group, said, “We are thrilled to create Lingo for America with CBS and the amazing RuPaul.

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Charles is also an executive producer and host of RuPaul’s Drag Race and won 11 Emmys for it (the most for anyone of color). Layla Smith for Objective Media Group (an All3Media company), Jilly Pearce for Objective Media Group America, and Ed de Burgh for Triple Brew Media are also executive producers on Lingo.

Lingo, Series Premiere, 2022, CBS

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