Abbott Elementary‘s breakout star Janelle James is about to headline her own game show.
ABC has announced that James will host the upcoming physical comedy show The Final Straw. The series comes from Omaha Productions, spearheaded by NFL star Peyton Manning. Manning serves as executive producer.
Walt Disney Television's vice president of unscripted and alternative entertainment Rob Mills said that the show is something that will excite audiences.
“The Final Straw is a fresh and exciting format that you truly have not seen anywhere else. It’s a simple concept with big visuals that is sure to keep audiences on their toes and entertain families all summer long,” he said. “With Janelle’s spot-on comedic timing and Peyton’s knack for competition, we have the perfect duo to launch ABC’s newest unscripted series.”
The official description of the game includes four teams who must battle against tipping towers of doom.
The stakes are high as four teams of colorful contestants face off to combat tremendous tipping towers. Each life-sized themed tower is chock full of various objects ranging from basketballs to small kitchen appliances as contestants try to successfully pull items from the stack without tipping it over in order to earn prizes. If the tower falls, the team is eliminated; and the last team standing will compete against The Mega Stack, an epic battle of physics where the odds are literally stacked against them, in hopes of winning a life-changing grand prize of up to $250,000 with the option to walk away or risk it all.
James said she's happy to continue her relationship with ABC.
“I’m thrilled to be part of a series that is as silly and fun as I am,” she said. “I’m looking forward to this opportunity to grow my relationship with ABC with my second comedy project on the network.”
“In my 18 seasons in the NFL, I have learned there is no better formula for success than a strategic plan and good teamwork,” added Manning. “Both will be required in The Final Straw as teams from across America execute their playbook to keep their towers standing!”
James will be also coming back to ABC for season 2 of ABC’s top comedy, Abbott Elementary. James will reprise her role as the hapless, chaotic elementary school principal Ava Coleman.