The recent success of Wordle has led to it being called out as a ripoff of the game show Lingo, which aired in syndication in 1987 and 1988 before Game Show Network revived it in 2002. Now CBS is teaming with RuPaul Charles to strike while the iron is hot with a Lingo revival. “We’re all ready to have fun again, and Lingo is the answer,” Charles said in a brief statement. In Lingo, created by the late Ralph Andrews, two teams of contestants face off in fast-paced puzzle rounds to guess letters that reveal seemingly simple words. At the end of each one-hour episode, the winning two teams face off in a final showdown, with one team winning an additional cash prize. Mitch Graham, CBS' senior vice president of alternative programming, alluded to Wordle's success, saying in a statement: "The word game craze is sweeping the nation, and Lingo will deliver a fast-paced, fun and addictive show for the whole family. RuPaul’s flair and sharp wit, coupled with the ability for viewers to play along at home, make this a timely show with wide appeal that we’re excited to join our network lineup."
TOPICS: RuPaul Charles, CBS, Lingo, Mitch Graham, Ralph Andrews, Game Shows, Wordle