I didn't see a thread for this show, so I figured I'd start one.
The first episode (101) aired this weekend. 16 teams of 3 people complete in a round robin of pop culture trivia with a $250,000 prize for the winners. After hearing what the category is (TV Kids, Old School Rap, etc.), each team sends one member to the microphone to compete. 6 questions are asked. If a person misses, the person from the other team has the opportunity to "steal" that point if they can answer correctly. The person with the most correct answers out of the 6 questions wins and the losing person is then knocked out of the competition for that round. If it's a tie after 6 questions, they go into a tie-breaker where each person must answer until one of them cannot come up with an answer or answers incorrectly. (If I'm remembering correctly, one of the tie-breakers from the first episode was to name artists that have won a Grammy for best solo rap performance.) No team member can go up to the microphone for two categories in a row, unless they're the only team member left.
The Velvet Rope Revolution vs. Lazer Wolves
From VH1's site:
3 the Hard Way vs. PDX 503The Velvet Rope Revolution are three friends who met as up and coming assistants in Hollywood. These junkies of film, TV, and music say it would horrify their friends and family to see them cash in on their superficial pop culture obsessions. With a stellar mix of chilled-out confidence and knowledge, they are sure to intimidate any opponent. They will be taking on a trio of childhood buddies in Lazer Wolves who live together in the Cincinnati area. When asked about their team name, they simply state, "What could be cooler than a wolf that shoots lazers out of its eyes?" These self-described weirdoes are roommates who claim to only argue about "dumb stuff" like trivia. Why do Lazer Wolves want to win? Because they "are poor. Like Cinderella." They may appear not to take things too seriously, but when it comes to pop culture, these quirky dudes swear they'll slay the competition.
Some of the questions were just way too easy....what 1976 movie features the song "Gonna Fly Now" during a training montage? Come on! Although, I couldn't believe that someone over age 35 didn't know which Brady child had the doll Kitty Carryall and not only had to guess...but guessed wrong!In the second match-up of the night, we have 3 the Hard Way - a couple of lovebirds, Drew and Laurie, and their pal Dave. These three met at Hooters during a trivia night. They had each other at "hot wings," and are extremely confident heading into this competition together boldly claiming to be the trivia tri-fecta. You won't find any nerves here. "The only time I've ever been nervous was when I thought my mom had run out of Sunny D," Drew confesses. They'll be facing off against PDX 503, the pride of the Pacific Northwest. These two brothers, Paul and Brian, and their best friend Wil, have traveled a long way and don't plan on going home empty handed. PDX 503 is ready to step up to the challenge and see how much "pointless stuff" they actually know when pitted against the best pop culture competitors in the country. With a blend of nervous energy and hyper intellect, these three are aiming to make their hometown proud by beating the free-spirited force in 3 the Hard Way and bringing home the ultimate pop culture honor.
I thought the host and hostess added very little. Although I have to say, it was a pleasant surprise to watch a reality show that seemed to have real people as contestants, rather than models/wanna-be actors. A lot of the contestants seemed really nervous!