The Game Show Network has started a new game show, called Grand Slam. This game is like the all-star competition of past game show winners. The contestants are top winners from other game shows. They include Ken Jennings ($3 million winner from Jeopardy), John Carpenter ($1 million winner from “Who Wants to be a Millionaire”) and many other top winners from other shows.
My friend Michelle was the top winner from the Weakest Link back a few years ago. I knew Michelle back when I lived near Washington D.C. and we all knew she had won the Weakest Link, but never figured it would lead to additional game show opportunties. This game show is a little bit different than others.
Grand Slam pits two contestents against each other. The first person is given a question to answer, and 1 minute on the clock. As the clock ticks down, if the person answers the question correctly, the clock stops and the clock for the other person starts, and they must then answer a question correctly. It reminds me of chess, where a player plays a move (answers a question correctly) and hits the timer so the other person’s clock starts. When a player’s minute clock ticks down to zero, the other player with time still remaining wins. This is a fast-paced game, where if you get flustered, time seems to fly by and you’re gone before you know it.
Of the 16 contestants in the single-elimination tournament, Michelle is ranked 14th (based on career game show earnings). This made her compete against the 3rd ranked player (who was a quiz bowl teacher that won on both Jeopardy and Millionaire). It came down to the final few seconds, but Michelle ended up beating the 3rd ranked player with just 3 seconds to spare. WOOHOO! Now she advances to the next round to compete against either the 6th or 11th ranked players (based on who wins that match).
Here’s the short of it all. Michelle’s next match is on Sunday Aug 19th. If you have Tivo or a DVR, search for “Grand Slam” and record it. Even though the entire tournament has already been taped, the results are kept secret, so I don’t know what’s going to happen on the 19th. Root on for Michelle Kitt and hopefully she continues to win and advances to the final four and eventually becomes the Grand Slam Champion.