Game show idea; would you watch this?
Posted Sat Nov 20, 2010 09:35 PM
I've got an idea for a game show that I want to submit to GSN (please, save your comments about how they “don't accept unsolicited ideas.” I actually know the right strings to pull, instead of simply emailing it to them). Tell me if you would watch this. I call it “Brains & Brawn,” and it calls for an hour-long time slot.
The game starts with three contestants, each against each other. They start out in...
The Brains Round
A toss-up question is asked of the contestants to determine who gets initial control. Each episode, contestants are given one of four categories. The one in control picks a category, and, from that point on, the Brains Round acts much like Jeapordy, with the one buzzing in with the correct answer getting $100 and the right to pick the next category (no penalty for a wrong answer), until...
The Lighting Round - When time is running out for the Brains Round, the host will announce the Lightning Round. The rules are thus: There are sixty seconds on the clock. The host will give a quick question, and the contestants must buzz in and place that quick question into a category.
For example, the host might give a famous quote, and the contestants must say whether that quote came from a famous movie, or a former U.S. President. So, if the host said “I cannot tell a lie,” then the contestant should answer “President.” If the host says “We're not in Kansas, anymore,” the contestant would answer “movie,” and so on.
Alternatively, the year is set at 1890, and the host names a famous person. The contestant should answer if this famous person was already dead, or not yet born. So, Galileo Galilee would be “already dead,” and Betty White would be “not yet born.”
Whatever the category, a correct answer gets the contestant $50, and a wrong answer gives $25 to each of the opponents.
At the end of the Lightning Round, whoever is in third place is eliminated, and looses all of his winnings (but gets a consolation prize). The Lightning Round may continue, without the contestants being told that time has expired, in the event that sudden death is needed to break a tie. There must be a distinct first placer, second placer, and third placer, in the event that it becomes pertinent in...
The Brawn Round
The two remaining contestants compete in a best two out of three set of physical events. This is kind of like Beat the Clock, the Temple Games from Legends of the Hidden Temple, or the physical challenges from Double Dare, except that they are more difficult, to accommodate an adult's level of physical prowess.
Types of events would include:
Treadmill racing. A 20 foot-long treadmill (call it a conveyor belt if you want; I don't care) will be moving at six miles an hour. Contestants must race to the other side. No obstacles, no nothing; just racing against the treadmill, and each other.
pure strength. Contestants race against each other to push a large and heavy cute across the playing area, battling, not only the weight of the cube, but the friction of sliding it on the ground.
Agility – Contestants would be suited up in velcro suits, and have velcro balls tossed at them by spotters. Whoever has the least amount of balls on their body, when times expires, wins. If there's a tie, the victor is the one who got hit with the ball last.
Other types of events might occur. If a contestant deliberately (accidentally will be forgiven, and the intent of the violation would be at the sole discretion of the judges) breaks even one rule (e.g. taking off a velcro ball, to make it look like he has fewer balls than he should), he is immediately disqualified from the entire Brawn Round.
The victor of the Brawn Round is the first one to win two events. If there is a tie (only possible if they tie in at least one event), then the victory goes to whoever was in first place at the end of the lightning round (remember, I said it might become pertinent?). Unlike the third placer, the looser of the Brawn Round keeps the winnings he accumulated in the Brains Round (no new winnings are accumulated in the Brawn Round), unless he did something to get disqualified. The winner of the Brawn Round moves on to...
The Single-Player Round
This is broken into three sub-rounds.
Five Questions - The host will ask the remaining player five questions. Each correct answer will allow the final player to remove one obstacle from the ensuing obstacle course (explained below). If he gives even one wrong answer, he must stop there, and take the correct answers he has given up to that point. The host will have six questions because the final player will be allowed one pass, so he should use it wisely.
Each correct answer will shave one obstacle off of...
The Obstacle Course – Everyone remember Double Dare's obstacle course? It had eight obstacles that had to be completed in 60 seconds. This one will only have six obstacles. The reason is simple: In Double Dare, your team took turns performing obstacles, allowing each contestant to take brief breathers. Since there is only one contestant running this course, he can't take those breathers, so he should get fewer obstacles to compensate.
He'll have sixty seconds to finish the obstacle course. A perfect playing of Five Questions would cause him to only have to complete one obstacle, despite having a whopping 60 seconds to do it.
If he manages to complete whatever obstacles he didn't shave off, his winnings get bumped to $25,000. Also, the host will give him one final challenge: The host will challenge him to go...
Double or Nothing – The host will have one final question: The hardest question of the episode. The contestant may hear the category without obligation, but, if he opts to hear the question, he must answer it. He can take as long as he wants to come up with an answer. A correct answer will cause his winnings to double to $50,000, but a wrong answer will cause him to loose everything, even his Brains Round winnings.
Remember, this is the hardest question of the episode. For example, the category is astronomy. The contestant decides to go for it. The question is: “The center of a black hole contains all the matter of a star, compressed into a single point of infinite density called what?” That's pretty advanced astronomy; even if you like astronomy, most of you will probably have to look that one up. Again, it's the hardest question of the episode!
So, do you think that would make for a good game show?
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