CBS to Pilot Israeli Format “The Money Pump”; Now Casting?
UPDATE: CBS formally announced this today. I just wanted to re-bump this story to the front since we broke the news way back on March 1st. In case you missed it. Kevin Frazier of omg! Insider will host.
From March 1st: Part of this is an assumption and part isn’t. What isn’t? CBS is doing a pilot for the Israeli quiz show format The Money Pump. For those that didn’t see us discuss it before, click here. Essentially a team of contestants answers questions as fast as they can by pressing choices on their monitors. The longer they take, though, and the more money is drained from the Money Pump, which is just a big video screen. To be frank it’s a slight tweak of the Million Pound Drop format. It was, however, the biggest format to come out of MIPCOM this October so seeing an American network go for it isn’t a shock. CBS has recently shot pilots for other foreign imports like The Cube, Secret Fortune, and The Whole 19 Yards. They also did pilots for the games Draw Something and Celebrity Name Game. None have gone anywhere.
What part are we assuming? We’re being told they are beginning to cast for pilot contestants and this casting notice does further that assumption. They are looking for teams of trivia buffs to take on this new show. If selected you’ll fly to the set of the foreign version at the end of March/beginning of April. To be eligible you must be over 21, you must have a U.S. passport, your passport must be valid at least six more months prior to travel, and you need to be available for one week around March and April. There’s a laundry list of information they want from you. Click here if you’re interested. Be sure to tell them BuzzerBlog sent you.
FOX did a similar casting search for its pilot of the ITV quiz show The Chase. American contestants were flown to the British set to play with host Bradley Walsh and Chaser Mark Labbett.
Check out the pitch film for The Money Pump below. What do you think?