NBC announced that it is resurrecting the internationally popular game show The Weakest Link and has attached comedian Jane Lynch as host and executive producer.
“I’ve been a longtime fan of this game-changing quiz show since it first debuted,” said Lynch in a statement, via the Hollywood Reporter. “Each time the phrase ‘You are the Weakest Link. Goodbye.’ passes my lips, it will be with great reverence and delight.”
The Weakest Link debuted in 2000, as a UK Survivor-style quiz show where contestants voted off competitors. But the show’s true signature was its then host Anne Robinson’s stern demeanor and cutting witticisms. Lynch’s track record of playing characters like Glee’s ruthless cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester and her longtime tenure as host of NBC’s Hollywood Game Night make her more than ready to step into the role.
Though the UK version of The Weakest Link was wildly successful–running for 12 seasons–NBC’s original U.S. version faded quickly, after a promising debut. The upcoming reboot will be produced in collaboration between BBC Studios and Universal Television Alternative Studio, with 13 episodes already ordered and a plan to begin production later this year.