Top Shot

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Top Shot
Top-shot.jpg
Also known asTop Shot Reloaded
GenreReality TV
Directed byAdam Vetri
Presented byColby Donaldson
Starringsee contestants below
Composer(s)David Vanacore Music
Country of originUnited States
Language(s)English
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes48
Production
Executive producer(s)Craig Pilgrim
Ralph Wikke
Mitch Rosa (co-exec prod.)
Producer(s)Ben Beatie
Clark Bernstein
Megan Gibson
Michael Matsumoto
Eric Mazer
John McLaughlin (host prod.)
Editor(s)John Wolfenden
Andrew Pierce
Location(s)Santa Clarita, California
CinematographyMatthew Novello
Camera setupmultiple-camera setup
Production company(s)Pilgrim Films & Television
Broadcast
Original channelHistory Channel
Original runJune 6, 2010 (2010-06-06) – present
External links
Website
 
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Top Shot
Top-shot.jpg
Also known asTop Shot Reloaded
GenreReality TV
Directed byAdam Vetri
Presented byColby Donaldson
Starringsee contestants below
Composer(s)David Vanacore Music
Country of originUnited States
Language(s)English
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes48
Production
Executive producer(s)Craig Pilgrim
Ralph Wikke
Mitch Rosa (co-exec prod.)
Producer(s)Ben Beatie
Clark Bernstein
Megan Gibson
Michael Matsumoto
Eric Mazer
John McLaughlin (host prod.)
Editor(s)John Wolfenden
Andrew Pierce
Location(s)Santa Clarita, California
CinematographyMatthew Novello
Camera setupmultiple-camera setup
Production company(s)Pilgrim Films & Television
Broadcast
Original channelHistory Channel
Original runJune 6, 2010 (2010-06-06) – present
External links
Website

Top Shot is an American reality television show that debuted on the History Channel on June 6, 2010. The show features 16 contestants, split into two teams of eight, competing in various types of shooting challenges. One by one, the contestants are eliminated until only one remains. That contestant receives a $100,000 grand prize and the title of "Top Shot." Survivor contestant Colby Donaldson is the host.[1][2][3][4][5]

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Gameplay

The teams are given separate chances to practice with the weapons to be used in a team challenge, under the guidance of a very experienced trainer, after which the challenge itself is played the following day. Everyone on the winning team is safe for the day, while the losing team must nominate two members for the elimination round after a two-hour break. A group of targets is set up for this purpose, each marked with one player's name. One by one, the team members must shoot the target of the person they want to nominate. No one is allowed to vote for himself/herself. If two or more players tie for one nomination, Donaldson typically draws one team member's name at random from an ammunition box to cast a tie-breaking vote. The tied players, and any who have already clinched a nomination, are not eligible to be chosen. (There have been exceptions to this practice, as noted under the episode entries for each season.)

The morning after this decision, the two players who receive the most votes take a practice session with an experienced trainer and the weapons to be used in the elimination challenge, which is held later in the day with the rest of the team watching. Whoever wins the challenge remains in the game, while the loser is immediately dismissed.

Whenever the teams are of unequal size, enough players on the larger one must sit out the team challenge to even out the two groups. The smaller team decides who will be benched, with the condition that no player may sit out two challenges in a row. Benched players are eligible to be nominated for elimination if their team loses the challenge.

Seasons

Season 1 (2010)

First aired June 6 – August 15, 2010

Season 1 of Top Shot was filmed over a period of 33 days in the spring of 2010 in Santa Clarita, California.[6]

In episodes 7 and 8, the larger team (Blue) decided for itself who would participate or be benched. The teams were dissolved in episode 9, with all players competing directly against each other from this point on and one or more players being eliminated after every challenge.

Every time a player was eliminated, the remaining group hung one of that player's shirts, marked with his/her name, from the railing of the staircase in the house where they were living.

Iain Harrison was the winner of season one.

Season 2 (2011)

First aired February 8 – April 26, 2011

In this season (referred to in promotional spots as Top Shot Reloaded), a preliminary head-to-head challenge was played in Episode 1, with the two winners being allowed to choose the teams. Beginning with this season, the winner of every elimination challenge received a $2,000 gift card to Bass Pro Shops, and each elimination was marked with a target-shaped plaque (showing the player's name and team color) being nailed to a wall inside the house.

Similar to Season 1, the teams were dissolved in episode 9, and all challenges were head-to-head. The remaining players were given green shirts to wear for the rest of the competition. Unlike Season 1, the winner of the individual challenge in episodes 9-11 won immunity from elimination for the day; the others participated in an elimination round as before. Only the three challenges in episode 12 resulted in immediate elimination of the loser.

Chris Reed was the winner of season two.

Season 3 (2011)

First aired August 9 – October 25, 2011

Season 3 of Top Shot premiered on August 9, 2011.[7] In Episode 1, a preliminary challenge was played between pairs of contestants, with the winner and loser of each pair joining the Blue and Red Teams, respectively.

Dustin Ellermann was the winner of season three.

Season 4 (2012)

First aired February 14, 2012 - May 1, 2012

The new season premiered on February 14, 2012 at 10pm EST.[8] In addition to receiving the $100,000 cash prize as in past seasons, the winner was given the opportunity to become a professional shooter sponsored by Bass Pro Shops.

The season began with 18 contestants rather than 16. A preliminary challenge was played in Episode 1; the two worst performers were eliminated immediately, while the others were assigned to teams based on their results.

Chris Cheng was the winner of season four.

Future

History Channel has not made any official statement regarding the future of Top Shot. However, on May 19, 2012, host Colby Donaldson posted a message on Twitter saying "#TOPSHOT is comin' back BABY! Bring on the ALL STARS!".[9] On following tweets, he mentioned that the new season would premier on early 2013.[10]

Reception

The show drew 2.1 million total viewers in its debut episode. The viewers were categorized as adults 25–54 (1.3 million) and adults 18–49 (1.1 million).[11] In August 2010, History Channel released an ad inviting people to audition for the second season of the show.[12] Advertising began in late December for Top Shot Reloaded as the name for the second season.[13]

Episode 1 of Season 2 premiered on February 8, 2011.[14] The second season premiere drew 2.8 million total viewers, categorized as adults 18–49 (1.4 million) and adults 25–54 (1.4 million). It was the series' most-watched episode ever and compared to the previous series debut last June, it grew 33% in total viewers.[15]

Season 4 premiered on February 14, 2012 capturing 1.8 million total viewers. This represented a growth of 19% over the Season 3 premiere.[16] On April 10, 2012, Colby Donaldson revealed on his Twitter page that Top Shot had not been renewed yet and asked for support to get History to renew the show for a fifth season.[17] He later tweeted on April 11, 2012, that the show had not been cancelled, although solid episode ratings for the remainder of the current season would be needed for The History Channel to renew for another season. He tweeted for his followers to get involved and let The History Channel know how much they enjoy the show.[18] On May 19, 2012, he announced that Top Shot would be renewed for a fifth season and implied that it would be an All Stars season. [9]

Top Guns

In 2012, the TV series Top Guns aired on the H2 network. Top Guns is a spinoff series, also hosted by Colby Donaldson, and focusing on the same weapons that were used in season 4 of Top Shot.

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