It's not uncommon for game shows to have authorized TV versions. I've owned a few over the years--Password, Concentration, even Family Feud.
What is less common, and perhaps GENIUS, is taking a board game and making it into a TV game show. Apparently that's what is happening with the card game Uno. In the card game, you basically match colored and numbered cards until you get rid of all of yours. The yelling of "Uno!" is also involved.
According to the deal in the works with Mattel and a production company, "players will match colors, numbers and wits for a shot at the big prize, but only if they play their cards right!"
What could be more fun than that? I have several ideas.
I don't know if you're aware of this, but there are many spin-off, specialized versions of the card game Uno, and I think some of them might be more compelling. According to wikipedia, these are all real versions of Uno...and all could be made TV friendly.
Hello Kitty Uno: I like this one for obvious reasons.
Hot Death Uno: I don't know what this is, but it sounds exciting.
Nascar Uno: This would be a guaranteed ratings winner if we could somehow incorporate car crashes.
Macy's Parade Uno: No, this one could only air on Thanksgiving. Not a good choice.
Uno Blitzo: Obviously this involves drinking, so I give it the big "thumbs up." When somebody's down to the last beer they yell "Uno!" And wackiness ensues.