The new show “Barmageddon,” created by Blake Shelton and his friend Carson Daly, premiered on Monday.
Shelton promised a lot of fun and enjoyment on his new show with close friend Daly. The “Voice” judge discussed the show and their goals for it in an interview with People.
Shelton told People:
“What we were aiming for was real-life The Hangover. We wanted to try to capture that in a TV show with people that we know.”
WWE Hall of Famer Nikki Bella hosts “Barmageddon.” Friends and loved ones of the celebrities, including Shelton’s wife Gwen Stefani, Sherly Crow, Trace Adkins, Kane Brown, and others, competed in the game show at Shelton’s Ole Red bar in Nashville.
“Unfortunately for Gwen and Sheryl, they were the very first episode that we actually taped. Gwen had to be the guinea pig for everybody else. She and Sheryl both did so well and just let their hair down and went for it. They set the bar for the tone and personality of the series. It gave us the confidence to say, ‘We really can do this.'”
“If these two icons are willing to be on this show and do shots of gross stuff and play absolutely stupid games, then we know we have something here.”
Shelton had no intention of participating in the extreme games. However, later in the season, he found himself in a fight with Brown.
Shelton and Daly couldn’t help but join in on the fun.
“We started playing the games with the contestants and the celebrities. We were becoming part of the show. I was always just going to be in the background and Carson was going to be making drinks and commenting. Next thing, because it’s so much fun, I wanted to be a part of it.”
Nonetheless, the “God Gave Me You” singer stated that a 28-year-old Shelton would approach the show differently. At this point:
“I like to watch other people do stupid stuff — not necessarily be the one doing it.”
Daly explained that the two friends came up with the idea for the game show while sequestered on the set of “The Voice” during the pandemic.
“We’re both very dumb men, and we come up with lots of what we think are great ideas.”
Then he added that they almost started a “beef jerky company.”
“It’s unadulterated fun. S–t talking was at the top of the list. Our friends showed up for us, and it was a blast. I can’t believe one of our idiotic ideas actually is happening.”
Daly said they were just looking for a good time and compared “Barmageddon” to an “adult spring break.”
“There’s no pressure, and people get to see the real side of you.”
“Barmageddon” premiered Monday at 11 p.m. on USA Network.