What would be the best way to describe 25 Words or Less, which begins its 2nd season this month?
From what I've seen, there are elements of other games. Bidding for how many words are to be used in a specific round, for example, recalls Name That Tune's Bid a Note segment. The format of two celebrities and one contestant on each side has been used on a zillion other shows over the years.
Meredith Viera (ex-The Today Show, Who Wants to be a Millionaire?) serves as series host. The game is easy to play, like a party game at home. Check this sample, with John Michael Higgins (America Says), ex-NBA star Rick Fox, and Melissa Peterman (ex-Reba).
Locally, the show airs on the NBC affiliate as a bridge between the noon news and Days of Our Lives. There've been at least three weeks with WWE superstars, where they take turns doing the announcing, giving the show's announcer a week off. Eh, it's fun.