QuizMaster follows in the tradition of classic quiz shows. Four
contestants - already renowned for their mastery of the question/answer
format, challenge each other for the title of QuizMaster and a
potential prize pool of one million dollars.
There are essentially two components to the show. The first part
involves five rounds of questions and answers, where contestants
buzzer in to give their response. The rules for each round differ
Round 1 - All contestants compete with each other to score the
most points within the time limit. A correct answer results in
the addition of 10 points to the score, an incorrect answer locks
that player out for the next question.
Round 2 (Round of Team Play) - Each contestant, starting with
the highest scorer, is allowed to choose a partner of their choice
to work together in building a sizable score. Each player takes
turns at answering questions - each time a player answers correctly,
both team mates pick up 10 points. However, if a player answers
incorrectly, they must answer a futher question correctly before
passing onto their colleague.
Round 3 (Round of Point Steal) - Plays exactly as Round 1, except
that a contestant who answers correctly nominates an opposing
player to take 10 points from to add to their own score.
Round 4 (Round of Isolation) - Each contestant in turn chooses
one other player to "isolate". That player must play
alone for 60 seconds against the other 3 players who work in a
team. If one of the team members answers incorrectly, all team
members are locked out.
At the end of Round 4 - the player with the lowest score is excluded
from becoming QuizMaster, but can still influence the final result
in Round 5.
Round 5 - Played exactly as Round 3 - however the eliminated
player from Round 4 is still permitted to answer questions - and
may distribute any points he/she earns to the player of their
choice. Th player with the highest score at the end of this round
plays for the title of QuizMaster.
The second component of the show sees the highest scorer attempting
to answer 5 out of 10 questions to achieve the title of "QuizMaster".
They nominate one of the others players to help them in their
quest. In each show - $250000 is added to the prize pool. The
questions in this section of the show are extremely difficult
but do not have time limits. The highest scorer attempts to answer
each question in turn. If they don't know the answer - they can
ask their partner to answer the question in their place. However,
if the partner is called upon - that player can claim $50000 from
the prize pool for each question correctly answered. The prize
pool is only handed out and the highest scorer named "QuizMaster"
if 5 or more of the questions are answered correctly, otherwise
the pool jackpots into the next show. A successful QuizMaster
is allowed to contest the next show - and potentially pick up
the entire prize pool of one million dollars.
It proved to be edge-of-your-seat television, and a great show
for the quiz-game junkie. It ran in 2002 as a four-show series
- I hope that it returns again during the 2003 season.