June 18th, 2012
10:19 AM ET

'Draw Something' sketching its way to TV

One of the more popular mobile app games could wind up on your TV soon.

Industry trade Variety reports that CBS has won a bidding war to produce a pilot for a game show based on the Zynga mobile game "Draw Something."  The show is backed by three heavyweights in the game and unscripted TV realms: Sony Pictures Television ("Jeopardy!"), Ryan Seacrest Prods. ("Keeping Up with the Kardashians"), and Embassy Row ("The Glee Project").

Seacrest confirmed the news on Twitter Friday: "Yes working w/ my pals at @zynga to bring Draw Something to TV on @CBS! Any pinky picassos want in?"

If you're not familiar, "Draw Something" features players trying to convey a guess-word to their partners by drawing pictures, similar to "Pictionary" and "Win, Lose or Draw." It's not clear how the TV pilot will stray from the app, but Variety reports the show will feature in-studio play involving contestants and celebrities, as well as a play-at-home element.

The "Draw Something" app was developed by Omgpop and was downloaded 50 million times just seven weeks after its release. Both the app and Omgpop were purchased by Zynga for $180 million in March. (Check out the video above to learn more about the rise and sale of "Draw Something.")

Even if you're not a fan of "Draw Something," would you watch a TV version of this? What other apps do you think would make a good TV series?

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  1. DianeL

    Drawception would make a better game show then Draw Something. If done right it would be sooooo funny.

    June 19, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. rosethornne

    Oh, I get it now: zynga wanted a cash cow so they bought the rights to the game. They don't care about the actual game, they want the yv show. That's why they screwed up the game and do not care.

    But hete's something to think about, zynga: if you make the game utterly suck, then nobody will care if you make it into a tv show. It won't be, "gee they made my favorite game into a show let's watch!" Instead it'll be "oh, that crappy game that used to be fun, now they sucked it on to tv? – I'll go watch reruns of survivor."

    June 19, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Michael Calaizzo

    Warren Buffet is a Fat Troll!

    June 18, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. duh

    isn't that a little redundant- "working with my pals at @zynga"
    my pals at at zynga?

    June 18, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • pat

      no, it's twitter. @zynga tags the Zynga twitter to the post. so saying "with my pals at @zynga" is correct.

      June 18, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Max Headroom

      I don't know what what what you're talking about.

      June 18, 2012 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jay

    That depends. Is the show going to be based on the GOOD version of the game, pre-Zynga, or is it going to be based on the ruined "upgraded" Zynga version where they started speeding up everyone's drawings and showed (inaccurately) that your friends guessed the word "Pippa" from you getting two lines and a circle on the screen? I hope the Zynga people are reading this because YOU RUINED THE GAME.

    June 18, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. eric

    For the "Draw Something," how about drawing Mohammed?

    June 18, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. mssandora

    Didn't we already have a game like this on TV called Win, Lose or Draw? Everything old IS new again.

    June 18, 2012 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  8. jujubeans

    Only is the guess-words were things like brea$t, pu$$y and peni$.

    June 18, 2012 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |

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