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Hollywood Showdown 

Quiz show testing contestants' knowledge of popular culture and entertainment.




2001   2000  


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Series cast summary:
Todd Newton ...  Self - Host 12 episodes, 2000-2001
Randy West Randy West ...  Self - Announcer 12 episodes, 2000-2001
Miki Mootsey Miki Mootsey ...  Self - Contestant 8 episodes, 2001
J.D. Evermore ...  Self - Contestant 5 episodes, 2001
Mike Kimmel ...  Self - Contestant 5 episodes, 2001


Six on-stage contestants compete for an entire week in this question-and-answer quiz on popular culture and entertainment; one of the contestants stands in the "top spot" on stage, while the remaining five are seated in the gallery. The seated contestants each hold a ticket stub-shaped folder with a card hidden inside. All but one of the cards had a dollar amount ($300-$800) printed on them, while the remaining card had the words "Box Office" printed on it. The contestant "in charge of the search for the 'Box Office'" (i.e., returning champion) chose a contestant seated in the gallery for a one-on-one Showdown. That contestant then revealed what was printed on the card. If it was a dollar amount, that amount was added to the "box office," a cash jackpot which began at $10,000 and continued to grow until claimed. The first contestant to answer three questions (all multiple-choice) correctly continued "the search for the 'Box Office.'" If the card read "Box Office," the winner of that ... Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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Stupid, stupid...
26 July 2002 | by FeverDogSee all my reviews

There's nothing much to say about this show other than it was a cheaply produced time-waster with insultingly easy questions about pop culture.

Then why am I wasting my time writing about it? Well, the one and only episode I've seen (on PAX, I think) asked, "Who directed THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS?" The answer given was "Tim Burton," which was, according to the show, "correct." Now, anyone who regularly visits IMDb should know that Burton only produced the movie and that Henry Selick is credited as director.

I couldn't believe the producers of this show were too careless to confirm the accuracy of their questions. If I had been a contestant in that episode, I would have raised a big stink. If the makers of a show don't care about its integrity, why should anybody watch it?

On the bright side, however, I watched this episode with my roommate who had never heard the name "Henry Selick" before, so he eagerly wagered $50 that I didn't know what I was talking about. ("Surely Tim Burton is the director of TIM BURTON'S THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS," he must have said to himself.) Well, he'll never make that mistake again, as I cheerfully separated him from his beer money that evening.

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