Hollywood Reporter has announced that “Cash Cab” will soon be making a comeback on the Discovery Channel. The mobile game show originally ran for seven years (2005-2012) before the network discontinued the series.
The title vehicle in “Cash Cab” roamed the streets of New York picking up passengers who would be surprised to learn that they had just stepped into a quiz show. Contestants would answer trivia questions en route to their destinations. If they answered correctly they would add to their cash prize total, but if they answered incorrectly three times they would be immediately ousted back onto the street.
Ben Bailey was the original host of the series, but no individual host has been announced for the revival. However, it will be produced by “Curb Your Enthusiasm” director David Steinberg, and there will be celebrity guests, continuing TV’s current trend of vehicle-based entertainment. Recently James Corden‘s celebrity sing-alongs in “Carpool Karaoke” have been a viral sensation, winning an Emmy for Best Variety Special in 2016 and spawning an Apple Music spinoff. Also, Jerry Seinfeld has found success with his unconventional talk show “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” which has earned three Emmy nominations, including Best Variety Talk Series in 2016.
“Cash Cab” was already an Emmy winner before either of those shows came around. It won three Daytime Emmys for Best Game Show (2008-2010), and Bailey won Best Game Show Host three times (2010-2011, 2013). Since Bailey was also an executive producer of the series that adds up to six total Emmys for New York’s most decorated TV taxi driver. Corden and Seinfeld have some catching up to do.