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    NBC orders 20 additional episodes of LeBron James-produced game show 'The Wall'

    Chris Hardwick, host of NBC's "The Wall." (Ben Cohen/NBC)
    Chris Hardwick, host of NBC's "The Wall." (Ben Cohen/NBC)

    If the whole basketball thing doesn't work out for him, NBA superstar LeBron James has another lucrative career to fall back on: television producing.

    NBC announced Wednesday that it was ordering an additional 20 episodes of the game show "The Wall," which is produced by James and his business manager, Maverick Carter.

    "When we started ‘The Wall,' we wanted to create something that would get families excited and change people's lives. Maverick and I couldn’t be more proud of the show’s early success and we want to keep building on that," James said in a statement. "I want to thank NBC for their partnership, Andrew Glassman for his vision, and all the fans for their support."

    Hosted by professional television host Chris Hardwick, "The Wall" features teammates answering trivia questions while balls drop down a Plinko-esque wall determining their fortune or failure.

    "We’re thrilled that viewers have become as captivated by ‘The Wall’ as we are," said Meredith Ahr, president of Universal Television Alternative Studio, NBC Entertainment. "We have been in pursuit of a brand new high-stakes game show for a while and are so happy to have developed it with LeBron James."

    After settling into its regular Tuesday time slot, "The Wall" has averaged a 1.7 rating among adults 18-49, averaging 6.9 million viewers overall, according to "live plus same day" Nielsen ratings.

    "The Wall" airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. Pacific.

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