The Chase (U.S. game show)

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The Chase
The Chase (U.S. game show) logo.jpg
GenreGame show
FormatQuiz show
Based onThe Chase
Presented byBrooke Burns
StarringMark Labbett
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes16
Production
Executive producer(s)Bob Boden
Production company(s)ITV Studios America
Broadcast
Original channelGame Show Network
Original runAugust 6, 2013 (2013-08-06) – present
Chronology
Related showsThe Chase (UK version)
 
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The Chase
The Chase (U.S. game show) logo.jpg
GenreGame show
FormatQuiz show
Based onThe Chase
Presented byBrooke Burns
StarringMark Labbett
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes16
Production
Executive producer(s)Bob Boden
Production company(s)ITV Studios America
Broadcast
Original channelGame Show Network
Original runAugust 6, 2013 (2013-08-06) – present
Chronology
Related showsThe Chase (UK version)

The Chase is a game show which premiered on August 6, 2013, at 9:00 p.m. Eastern/8:00 p.m. Central on Game Show Network.[1]

The series is based on the British show of the same name in which contestants try to win money by challenging a quiz show genius known as the Chaser.[1] The series is hosted by Brooke Burns[2] and features Mark Labbett ("The Beast") as the Chaser.[1] The show follows the same format as the original UK version, but with three contestants instead of four.

Gameplay[edit]

Three new contestants compete on each episode. The first contestant is given one minute to answer as many rapid-fire questions as he or she can, with each correct answer adding $5,000 to their bank. After the minute is up, the contestant competes against the Chaser in order to retain their bank and continue to the Final Chase.

In the Chase, the contestant's goal is to answer enough questions correctly to move their winnings into the team bank without being caught by the Chaser. The contestant must answer five questions correctly without being caught to bank the money and continue to the Final Chase. However, the Chaser offers the contestant two additional options prior to the start of the round. The contestant can play for a higher amount of money than initially banked, but must instead answer six questions correctly without being caught. The contestant can also choose to play for a lower amount and only be required to answer four questions correctly without being caught.

After making their choice, their prize money is displayed on a seven-space gameboard, with the appropriate number of spaces in-between depending upon the contestant's decision. Both the contestant and Chaser are then presented with the same multiple choice question, and each locks-in their answer via a keypad. When either the contestant or Chaser selects an answer, the other must answer within five seconds or be disqualified for that question. For each question the contestant answers correctly, their prize money moves one step closer to the team bank. For each question answered correctly by the Chaser, he moves one step closer to the prize money. Additional questions are asked until the contestant either banks their prize money or the Chaser catches the contestant. Neither competitor moves as a result of an incorrect answer. The remaining two contestants each also individually build a bank and compete against the Chaser, which then determines how many contestants move forward to the Final Chase.

The Final Chase[edit]

Prior to the start of the Final Chase, the team is shown a gameboard and given a head start based upon the total number of contestants who advanced to the round (e.g., if all three contestants advanced, the team receives a three space head start). In the event that no contestants survive round two, the team elects one contestant to play the Final Chase alone for a fixed prize amount.

The surviving contestants are then given two minutes to again answer as many questions as possible. After a question is asked, contestants are only permitted to respond or pass a question after first ringing-in. If there is only one contestant in the Final Chase, then he or she does not use the buzzer. Each question answered correctly within the time limit adds a space to the gameboard.

After time expires, the Chaser is then given two minutes to catch the team by correctly answering as many questions as the number of spaces shown on the gameboard. For each correct answer, the Chaser moves one step closer to the team. When the Chaser answers incorrectly or passes, the clock is stopped and the team is asked the same question. If a contestant provides a correct response, The Chaser is pushed back one step on the his path (or, in the case that the Chaser is at zero steps, an extra step is added to the team's total), increasing the total number of correct answers he must give in order to catch the team. Regardless of the result, the clock then begins counting down from the position at which it was stopped, and the Chaser continues to answer questions.

If the Chaser runs out of time before catching the team, the team splits the banked money equally. However, if the Chaser catches the team before time expires, the team leaves with no money.

Production[edit]

GSN ordered eight episodes of The Chase on April 9, 2013,[3][4] and, despite the show having not yet premiered at the time, ordered a second season of eight episodes on July 1.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Kondology, Amanda (June 18, 2013). "GSN Announces Premiere of 'The Chase' on Tuesday, August 6 at 9PM". TV by the Numbers. Zap2it. Retrieved June 19, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Brooke Burns To Host GSN’s ‘The Chase’". Deadline. PMC. May 27, 2013. Retrieved June 19, 2013. 
  3. ^ Kondology, Amanda (April 9, 2013). "GSN Greenlights 'The Chase' and 'Minute to Win It' + Unveils Robust Development Slate During New York City Upfront". TV by the Numbers. Zap2it. Retrieved June 19, 2013. 
  4. ^ Morabito, Andrea (April 9, 2013). "Upfronts 2013: GSN Orders Quiz Show ‘The Chase'". Broadcasting & Cable. NewBay Media, LLC. Retrieved June 21, 2013. 
  5. ^ "GSN Renews Quiz Show 'The Chase' Prior to August 6th Premiere". GSN Press Room. July 1, 2013. Retrieved July 5, 2013. 

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