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Leslie Jones might be done with Saturday Night Live, but that doesn't mean we've seen the last of her on our TV screens. The comedian has just nabbed a pretty sweet gig that could keep her on television for many years to come. Jones has just signed on to become the newest host of the classic game show Supermarket Sweep.
Leslie Jones will also be executive producing the rebooted game show, and, according to Deadline, while the new and improved Supermarket Sweep doesn't have a television home just yet, plenty of networks and streamers have been intrigued enough to bid on it, including Netflix, ABC, Fox and NBC. So, it sounds like we might be seeing Jones lead the game show before too long.
Why Leslie Jones is so high on Supermarket Sweep is anyone's guess, but it's possible that she was just a fan of previous versions of the game show. Supermarket Sweep began on ABC, running from 1965 through 1967. It was then brought back by Lifetime and ran on that network from 1990 through 1995, and was then revived again on Pax in 1999, with that iteration ending in 2003.
In case you didn't catch any of the previous versions of Supermarket Sweep while you were home sick from school / work in the past 50 or so years, it's actually a pretty cool and straightforward show. In it, three teams answered questions to have time added to their clock, and then they sped around a grocery store to collect as many products of the highest value as possible during their set amount of time, with the team that garnered the most expensive cart winning.
The former SNL star might also just know a good thing when she sees it, because it seems pretty clear that America can't quite quit the fast-paced fun that is Supermarket Sweep (even though it sounds like things got kinda gross on set after a while). The potential combination of a property Jones enjoyed watching herself with a show that appears to be nearly guaranteed to stick around for at least a few years would be hard to pass up.
It's pretty hard to deny that Leslie Jones would be an awesome game show host. Her energy and enthusiasm have made her a stand out during her five seasons on SNL, which is why she was Emmy nominated three times for her role on the late night comedy. Also, her fervor for, well, basically everything, on Twitter led her to becoming a pop culture favorite and a job commentating to her heart's desire for the past two Olympic games on NBC.
Lest you think that this is all Leslie Jones has on tap in the near future, though, know that she's also working on a stand up comedy special for Netflix, which will drop sometime in 2020, and has several movies in the pipeline. These include the long-awaited sequel Coming 2 America with Eddie Murphy and Queenpins with Kristen Bell.
As was mentioned earlier, Supermarket Sweep doesn't have a network just yet, so right now we don't know when we can expect the game show to debut. But, stick with CinemaBlend and we'll be sure to give you all the details as they become available. In the meantime, check out our 2019 fall TV premiere guide to keep up with everything coming to the small screen in the next few months.