Time to stretch your hamstrings and grease up your shopping cart wheels: Supermarket Sweep is coming back to TV. The classic game show — featuring contestants racing through a (mock) grocery store and trying to rack up the priciest cartful of food — has aired in various incarnations intermittently since 1965. Now, however, we’re getting a Sweep for a whole new generation, thanks to FremantleMedia.
“The time is ripe to bring back this all-time favorite game show which has traveled with such success over the years,” Vasha Wallace, Fremantle’s EVP of Global Acquisitions and Development, said in a statement. “Now, modern technology allows us the opportunity to update the show, making it relevant for a 21st-century audience … Given the interest we’ve had already we’re confident that everyone will be as excited for its return as we are.”
The format has stayed fairly constant since the 1965 original on ABC, hosted by Bill Malone. That iteration only lasted two seasons, so most TV viewers are probably more familiar with the versions airing on Lifetime from 1990 to 1995 and on PAX (Ion Television’s predecessor) from 2000 to 2003, both of which were hosted by David Ruprecht.
We don’t know yet who’ll host this new version — or even the TV network on which it’ll air — but it does have the blessing of Henry Howard, son of Al Howard, the creator of the 1990 revival. “In Supermarket Sweep, one lucky team tries for the bonus money, but on this show, there are no losers — only shoppers having a great time,” Henry said in the statement.
“I’m delighted that Fremantle has made the exciting decision to bring back this classic game show, and I look forward to working with their talented teams around the world,” Henry continued. “In honor of Supermarket Sweep’s return… I believe I’ll go shopping!” (We’ll see you in the aisles, buddy!)