Brad Rutter and Mark Labbett are Chasers for Fox’s “The Chase”; Pilot Details Revealed
We’ve had to bite our tongues for a long, long time but we can finally reveal some information about Fox’s pilot of ITV’s hit quiz show The Chase. We already knew that host Bradley Walsh would be sticking around from the British version. He’s not the only one, though. Two pilots were taped, one with an American Chaser and one with a British Chaser.
The British Chaser taking on contestants is Mark Labbett. He’s arguably the most popular Chaser on the British version, and definitely the most intimidating and engaging, so good choice there.
Taking the role of the American Chaser is Jeopardy! champion Brad Rutter. Brad Rutter is the winner of Jeopardy!‘s “Million Dollar Masters” tournament, the “Ultimate Tournament of Champions” where he won $2M more, and helped win his team $600,000 on ABC’s Million Dollar Mind Game. He’s won just about every modern intelligent game show out there, and he’s got a great on-screen persona, so great fit.
According to reports from the set the format of The Chase has largely stayed the same. A team of four takes on one of the Chasers in an effort to bank more money for a team. The team first plays a 45 second Cash Builder, where each right answer banks the contestant $5,000 to start. High offers, to tempt the contestants to come closer to the Chaser and risk being eliminated if caught, have been said to reach $250,000. Over $500,000 could be banked and split between the team.
No time table has been set for the show, obviously, given the show just taped. We’re hoping it gets picked up for a full series because I would like to believe that a fast paced, exciting quiz show can survive on television today. If you want one, The Chase is currently as good as it gets. We’re crossing our fingers. Stay tuned and we’ll let you know what happens with it.