It's Not Your Grade School's Dodgeball ... It's Extreme Dodgeball!
New GSN Series Features Own League of Extreme Teams in Eight-Week Tournament -
Series Premieres Tuesday, June 15 at 10 PM
'Dream Job's' Zach Selwyn Serves as Color Commentator, Comedian Bil Dwyer as
Play-By-Play Announcer and Jerri Manthey of 'The Surreal Life' as Courtside
Coca-Cola(C) Signs On as First-Time Sponsor for the Network
SANTA MONICA, Calif., April 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Bullies and jocks loved it.
Nerds and frail little girls hated it. Well, hike up your tube socks and put
that safety strap on your glasses because Dodgeball is back and this time,
it's EXTREME! GSN, the network for games, has completed production on
original series EXTREME DODGEBALL, a tongue-in-cheek look at the sport where
the battle between GSN's own league of eight teams of five players is waged in
a hockey style arena in front of a live audience. The series is sponsored by
Coca-Cola(C), which is a first-time advertiser on the network.
Premiering on Tuesday, June 15 at 10 PM ET/PT, the eight-episode series
consists of four regular season episodes (each episode features 3-6 games)
followed by two playoff episodes (two games each episode), a semi-finals
episode featuring two games and a championship episode where the two best
teams in the league battle it out for $10,000. Comedian Bil Dwyer
("Battlebots") will call the action as play-by-play announcer, Zach Selwyn
(ESPN's "Dream Job") will serves as color commentator and Jerri Manthey ("The
Surreal Life") will contribute reports from the side lines.
The eight EXTREME DODGEBALL teams consist of five players each. Teams
include: "Armed Response" (real life security guards); "Curves of Steel"
(four physically fit women and one man in swimsuits); "SBD Mimes" ('Silent But
Deadly;' actual trained mimes); "Certified Public Assassins" (CPAs); "The Sumo
Storm" (Sumo wrestlers including one woman); "Stallion Battalion" (horse
racing jockeys); "Ink Inc." (hard-core tattoo players); and the "Barbell
Mafia" (power weightlifters). Each team will wear their job-related attire as
they develop and execute extreme strategies to annihilate their opponents
As play-by-play announcer, Bil Dwyer will cover all technical aspects of
the battles, from throw-to-kill ratios to backcourt strategies. Zach Selwyn
will track every glorious dive, dodge and headshot. Together they will
compare their own fourth-grade experiences to the game high above the arena in
the EXTREME DODGEBALL skybox. Courtside will be Jerri Manthey who will
interview players and fans.
EXTREME DODGEBALL will include elements unique to the series such as the
"Last Man Standing" option by which the last person on a team can hit a target
and re-activate all of their eliminated team members. Also included is the
"Dead Man Walking" rule where one player on each team becomes the player to
protect, for if that player is hit, the other team will automatically win.
The game will also have other novel rules such as 2-minute games in a best of
three match. The ball size will also be a factor as in the first game two
small balls will be used and in the second game two small balls and one giant
ball will be used. The third game is Dead Man Walking. Players can also
return to the game in the order they were eliminated if its team catches a
EXTREME DODGEBALL is executive produced by Mark Cronin and James Rowley of
Mindless Entertainment, who also produced two other series for GSN, CRAM and
WHO WANTS TO BE GOVERNOR OF CALIFORNIA? THE DEBATING GAME. Taped in front of
a live audience on April 17 and 18, the series features eight teams of five
players each. The eight-episode series will look at the sport with instant
replay, highlights and player interviews, and consist of four regular season
games, followed by a playoff game and ultimate championship for $10,000.
Mark Cronin's Mindless Entertainment has several other series in
production including the hit "Surreal Life 3" for VH-1, "Life Is Too Short,"
an NBC half-hour reality comedy pilot starring two-foot-eight actor Verne
Troyer and his surrogate family, and the IFC eight-part series "Ultimate Film
Fanatic," a competition show in search of the nation's biggest film buff
premiering this July.
GSN, the Network for Games, is the only U.S. television network dedicated
to game-related programming and interactive game playing. The network
features game shows, reality series, documentaries, video game programs and
casino games. As the industry leader in interactivity, GSN features 84 hours
per week of interactive programming, which allows viewers a chance to win
prizes by playing along with GSN's televised games via gsn.com. Reaching 54
million Nielsen homes, GSN is distributed in the U.S. through all major cable
systems and satellite providers. The network is jointly owned by Sony
Pictures Entertainment and Liberty Media Corporation. For further media
information, visit GSN's press website at corp.gsn.com.