I’m a fan of question and answer based game shows, but I hate the fact that the game shows we see on TV now seem to spend more time talking to contestants and hyping up dramas rather than hitting us with questions and answers to scream at the TV!
Look no further than Nine’s Hot Seat for the classic example of a game show with more talk then there are questions – the game – which airs for usually 34 minutes a day only features 15 questions. I love the questions, but when I record Hot Seat I play back and fast forward through all the chatter and just do the questions and answers in less than 5 minutes.
As for The Chase Australia, currently airing on Seven 5pm weekdays (and even Sunday this week – and then there is the UK version as well) I find once I fast forward through all the meaningless banter, the show is done in 30 minutes or less.
So how to do the Chase Australia in less than half an hour?
Firstly – record it!
On play back, fast forward until the first 1:00 clock shows up for the first contestant. Watch and answer the questions. When the first contestant is done with the “cash builder” fast forwarder through the first lot of ads, and then showing who all the Chasers are, then also the Chaser reveal until the contestant settles on what they want to do, then only press play on when the first chaser question starts.
As soon as the contestant wins or loses, fast forward through the ads, until the next one is up with the 1:00 timer and repeat through the four contestants.
After all four have played, play the final chase, then fast forward the ads in between, then the chasers answer to that – and WHAMMO – the show is done usually in 28 minutes or less!
I love the Chase and other question and answer game shows but I just want the questions – not all the contestant history, drama, pregnant pauses while we wait for a decision, etc!