It’s always difficult (“difficult”) when we ask a question in the title of the post and then have to wait for such a long time (about 100 words before we get to the end of the post) before getting to your answers, because I just want to get to your answers right now (OUIJA BOARD!), but I guess that’s just life: a string of incredibly difficult things that we just have to suffer through until you can finally go to sleep with the angels. So to get to it, so we can really get to it: There is going to be a Clue-based reality game show! From The Hollywood Reporter:

Produced by Zuiker’s Dare to Pass and Cris Abrego’s 51 Minds, Whodunnit? takes a lighter approach to the procedural with contestants vying to determine which one of them committed a fictional murder. The 13 would-be sleuths will follow the Clue formula, imploring real life crime scene investigation techniques to uncover and discern the staged evidence.

Much like the movie inspired by the classic game, contestants will also stay together in a glitzy estate. A new crime will be presented each week so that they might advance in the game. The finale will find one player unmasking the killer to win a $250,000 prize.

Oooh lala. “It was Billy, in the sex room, I MEAN CONFESSIONAL, with the, ahh, fake books?” Although this does not sound like a reality show I would want to watch, especially because Real World: Vegas is available on Amazon Instant so why waste your time when you could be getting refreshed on a CLASSIC?, this DOES sound like a reality show that I would want to be on IF there were no cameras and it was just me and my friends living in a mansion for a few days, playing this game if we feel like it. (Also the mansion has a big pool with a slide.) That leads me to my question: What board game reality show would you want to be on? This one? OUIJA BOARD REALITY SHOW? (There are several ghosts haunting the mansion or fancy apartment in which you’re staying and you have to get information out of each of them, and whoever the ghosts like more at the end wins an exorcism.) (I would also like to be on that reality show.) Candyland? SCRABBLE? Hahah. Tell meeeee!

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  1. Catan. Hands down.

  2. I can’t even tell you guys how excited I am about Whodunnit? I was just talking about it! I referenced the movie Clue to explain it! In 7th grade I had a murder mystery birthday party! Last year I went to a murder mystery party and Mr. Truck was the murderer!!!! And guys, seriously, Clue was one of my FAVORITE movies for such a long time!!! The multiple endings?!?! Outta sight!!! Anyway, this show sounds GREAT!!!

    • Clue is one of my favorite movies tooooo so can we share some fave lines here maybe? “I”M NOT SHOUTING! ALRIGHT I AM! I’M SHOUTING! I’M SHOUTING! I’m shou- (candlestick falls off ledge)”

    • Can i please please come to your next murder mystery party? It’s been one of my greatest dreams.


    • Me too, me too! I think my murder mystery birthday was 6th grade, but it was so fun!

      Oh, and Clue is on Netflix which is the best.

    • Even if you are right, that would be one plus one plus two plus one, not one plus two plus one plus one.

      Sigh, i shouldn’t even be peeking in on here this morning but i just couldn’t resist a Clue quote party.

    • I’m so bummed I missed this thread and it was 100 years ago now and nobody will ever read this, but my old roommate and I threw a murder mystery party and it was amazing! We made up all the characters and plotlines (multiple) ourselves which is waaaaay better than doing one from a box! We sent people invitations in the mail, and once they’d RSVP’d we gave them their characters and backstories, costume ides, and what to bring (ie, one person brought fancy glasses, one brought silver trays, one brought wine, etc) and swore them to secrecy about all of it. It was brilliant, we had 20 people, everyone was perfectly in character, and our overly complicated plotlines that could have so so so easily gone wrong worked out 100%! We were the housekeeper and maid, and we would slip people notes with instructions. The only problem was that because everyone was in character, we were running around like crazy getting people things and we didn’t get to enjoy the party really until the murder happened and we got to kick up our feet and say “Ok, now SOLVE IT.” This was about 5 years ago. Everyone was so impressed they said they’d be more than happy to pay if we did it again so we could hire waitstaff and get a chance to participate, but we haven’t had time to come up with a new plot and characters yet :(


  4. “Don’t Wake Daddy” except it’s “Don’t Wake Anyone” and we all just nap.

  5. Candy Land.

  6. Mouse Trap. I’ve never actually played it, but I imagine a real life version would be like the Double Dare obstacle course on steroids.

    • You’re speaking my language, R2D2

      • Actually, I just want to be on Double Dare. It’s the only game show other than Jeopardy! that I really want to be on. That ship has sailed, but I vow that someday I’ll be known as “R2D2, Esq. – Jeopardy! Champion.”

        • I went to college with a guy who was on Double Dare, and he was paired up with this super enthusiastic, but not so smart (or maybe just nervous?) girl, and he would revisit the VHS copy of the episode he was on every time he was drunk, and we all thought it was cool and funny at first then he’d get REALLY ANGRY at the girl when she would make mistakes, and yell and smash his fists on things and it would get really uncomfortable.

          I’m not friends with him anymore.

    • The Mouse Trap game show would be 20 minutes of the crew building the set, then 2 minutes of a very anti-climatic game.

  7. I’d say Risk, but that’s just because I want to be the unquestioned overlord of Australia

    • Dang, I was about to write this.

      Since Risk is the longest game ever then the Reality Show equivalent would take years (decades?)

    • Ugh Risk. My mom, brother, and I would play that, and he was so sneaky. My mom would leave the room for a minute, and he would make an alliance with me. As soon as I left the room, he would make an alliance with my mom. He always won. And dear lord that game was soooo long and boring.

  8. Stratego, but only if I get to be the cool spy and not a dumb ol’ scout.

  9. ChainDraw (like telephone pictionary). Things would get out of hand, fast.

  10. Also, does anyone remember this game? I was obsessed with it as a child. It’s like 2001 for little kids. Save the space station before the sentient virus destroys everything. Fun!

    • YES. I’ve mentioned this in the comments before, but when I was little I was obsessed with this movie and my parents got me the board game. I’m not sure what I was expecting, but I was very disappointed!

  11. Unrelated, but thinking about games has caused me to get the Crossfire song stuck in my head.


  12. Win, Lose, or Banana

    It will air on NBC, and be a hit in 40 countries.

    • I would LOVE the celebrity version of this:

    • I recently discovered that Guess Who is much more fun if you are only allowed to ask unconventional questions, like “Would this person be allowed in the military?” and “Does this person probably have a body in their basement?”

      • We used to play a version of Scrabble where we used only made up words. But we had to have funny definitions for them. This avoided fights over real Scrabble.

  13. just bring back Nick Arcade already.

  14. Hungry Hungry Hippos – four fat people live together in a luxurious estate made out of pizza.

  15. We have come a long way since 1960s board games…

    “Hey Pa! There’s a Goat on the Roof was a children’s board game issued by Parker Brothers in 1966.

    The game revolves around a game board featuring plastic farm-related items sticking out of it. Players move goat-shaped pieces around the board attempting to complete tasks that reward them with tin can pieces. The first player to move their goat onto the roof of the barn ends the game, and at that time whatever player has the most cans wins. Movement is determined by an included spinner.”

  16. I’m late to the game but:

  17. Not technically a board game, but Jenga.

  18. Get George R.R. Martin on a Dark Tower show pronto.

  19. OK no one’s going to see this comment, but I have to point out that someone doesn’t know what “imploring” means. It could be me, or it could be the journalist, but it has to be one of us. The use of “discern” also sounds funny to me.

    • Huh! Yes. Also, consider “contestants vying to determine which one of them committed a fictional murder. The 13 would-be sleuths will follow the Clue formula…” Assuming the show uses the same system as in the game, where the killer is randomly determined and is not aware of his or her own identity as such, then the 13 contestants are actual sleuths, not “would-be” sleuths, because nothing is preventing them from sleuthing with some or another degree of skill.

      If, however, “would-be” is meant to indicate that one of the sleuths is aware of his role as the killer and is therefore prevented from being a sleuth, then the copy should read “The 12 sleuths and 1 would-be sleuth.” Oh, unless there are 14 participants, but that doesn’t seem likely from the wording.

      In support of (but not proving) the theory that there are 13 players, all of whom are sleuths: the wording doesn’t allow the killer to win by remaining unmasked (“The finale will find one player unmasking the killer to win”), and if the killer can’t win, we can’t call the killer a contestant. But with this information uncomfirmed, it is now unclear whether there 12, 13, or 14 contestants.

      And as for the “Clue formula”: it is a deductive process that consists of asking other players to show you one of their randomly assigned secret cards to establish the non-involvement of specific characters, weapons and rooms… whereas the formula here instead “[involves?] real life crime scene investigation techniques to uncover and [interpret?] the staged evidence.” Which evidence (if “interpret” is the right word, but who knows) could conceivably indicate guilt, not strictly be proof of innocence. So the “Clue formula” never comes into play.

      To whoever got paid to write these three sentences about a board game: Congrats, Jerk. It’s not possible to be wronger.

    • It’s definitely not you. I assume “imploring” was an eggcorn for “employing.” The use “discern” seems wrong in a different way.

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