Hot wing-based celebrity interview web series Hot Ones -- anecdotally the most popular show among millennial men, based on how many of my friends are obsessed with it -- is getting a TV spin-off. TruTV announced Friday that Hot Ones: The Game Show, hosted by Sean Evans, is coming in early 2020.
On Hot Ones: The Game Show, two teams of two go head-to-head through three rounds, answering pop-culture trivia questions while eating chicken wings doused in brutally hot sauce. The teams will have their mental and visual skills tested through all three rounds as the burn sets in and the contestants become completely disoriented, a state regular Hot Ones viewers are well-acquainted with. The team with the most cash at the end of all three rounds moves on to the finale, "The Ring of Fire," where five flaming rings stand between the teammates and the cash, and they must work together to solve a password game, with each successful clue extinguishing another ring of flames as they get closer and closer to the money -- and the antidote for their burning mouths. The grand prize is $25,ooo, which honestly seems kind of mild for a competition so heated.
The game show is a spin-off of an interview show published by First We Feast -- Complex Media's food brand -- where Sean Evans interviews famous people while they eat progressively hotter wings and become progressively more flustered and vulnerable. The show has amassed over a billion views through its 10 seasons. The most recent episode, with Parks and Recreation's Nick Offerman, was published Thursday and already has 1.6 million views on YouTube. Original recipe Hot Ones will also head to truTV, and episodes of the half-hour web series will hour as part of a weekly "Hot Ones hour" on the cable network.
TruTV has ordered 20 episodes of the game show, which goes into production later this fall. A premiere date is planned for early next year.