'Supermarket Sweep' Will Finally Be Back This Month
On your carts! Get set! Go!
UPDATE October, 7, 2020: Get your hands on your buzzers, please. Supermarket Sweep is rolling back onto TV screens near you this month.
ABC's reboot of the iconic '90s game show will premier Sunday, October 18 at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central. The first episode will be one hour of back-to-back games. And yes, they'll be wearing the bright sweatshirts — though it appears as if they've received a bit of a style update. No sleeves? Fringe? There's a lot happening in this clip.
Emmy-nominated comedienne, actress, and Saturday Night Live alum Leslie Jones will be the new host. She will quiz participants on their product knowledge and be their cheerleader for the timed portions of the game.
True to the original game, couples compete to win time for the Big Sweep, an end-of-game free-for-all where contestants add as many items as they can to a cart and ring up their totals at the end. If they have the largest total, the two contestants receive a chance to win $100,000. They just have to use their grocery knowledge to find five specially-marked items in a brief window of time.
If you need to reminisce before October 18, you can catch old episodes on Netflix. And if you can't watch in real time, each episode will be available the next day on demand and on Hulu.
EARLIER September 2019: In 2017, British entertainment mega company Fremantle Media, which has produces hits like Family Feud and American Idol, announced they were shopping a reboot of the game show Supermarket Sweep to networks in the United States.
Just last month, that revamped game show got a bit more real when the new host's name was made public. Leslie Jones, SNL star and comedienne, announced she was departing the weekend variety show — and that her next act would be in returning her favorite childhood game show to TV.
Jones' over-the-top personality and frenzied energy is an ideal match for Supermarket Sweep, a game show that calls on contestants to hurriedly dash through a grocery store to gather the most expensive items — cheese wheels and sides of beef are the key — or hunt down specific brands for big bucks while a clock ticks.
Knowing what we know now about Jones and her love for the show — which first aired on ABC from 1965 to 1967 and was revived both by Lifetime from 1990 to 1995 and PAX from 2000 to 2003 — we have a good idea where this hilarious SNL skit featuring Melissa McCarthy came from.
There's no word yet on when Fremantle and Jones will begin filming. They still don't have a network secured. But we suspect with the return of many classic ‘90s sitcoms and ‘80s-themed shows, this reboot will be welcomed with open arms like a cart full of turkeys and expensive baby diapers at the end of a Big Sweep.