Bob Hagh
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“The Chase” is Still On For Contestants

In just about a month, The Chase will finally hit the airwaves here in the U.S. on GSN at 9PM ET on August 6. We are very excited around here, and we know you are as well. There are a handful of Buzzerblog readers taking on The Beast this season, so we hope they can take a lot of money from him. If you missed your chance to audition, we have some great news. The Chase has already been renewed for a second season, and is looking for even more contestants. A new list of cities have been announced. If you live in, or plan on traveling to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Seattle or Minneapolis – St. Paul, this is your chance. Click here to visit the official casting page to sign up for an audition. If you think you have what it takes to take down The Beast in the ultimate trivia contest, head on over right now and tell them Buzzerblog sent you. Best of luck and we hope to see you in the Final Chase.

Bob Hagh

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Bob Hagh is a radio deejay and game enthusiast based out of Shelton, Connecticut. He is best known for hosting the BuzzerBlog series "PinPoint," and has hosted a variety of programming on the radio, including game shows and talk shows. With his passion in the technology sector, mixed with his continuous desire to learn more about the digital world, Bob is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Interactive Media from Quinnipiac University.

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18 responses to "“The Chase” is Still On For Contestants"

  • Ken in Hong Kong says:

    Great news, Bob! Obviously GSN executives are impressed enough with the episodes they’ve already seen (and we haven’t yet) to gamble on it. Do you know how many episodes in the second series or when the recording sessions will be?

    I guess as long as “The Chase” is a weekly show in the States, there may be no reason to have other chasers — yet. But if this is going to be billed as “US vs. UK,” then maybe The Governess could be next, eh?

    • Geptherigon says:

      I doubt that they’re trying to make it “US vs.UK” it’s probably just that they wanted someone who they know would work on TV. The truth is the better someone is at quizzing the more awkward and TV unfriendly they’re probably going to be. It’s one thing when they’re on Jeopardy as contestants, but it’s another when they’re essentially the co-star of a show.

      • Alan says:

        There’s an idea right there – Mark Labatt invites two of the ITV Chasers over to compete as a team on the GSN version, while either Ken Jennings or Brad Rutter sits in front of the Big Red ‘C’.
        Or even better – Watson the computer as The Chaser – that would be fun to watch the UK Chasers get creamed like Ken and Brad on that ‘Jeopardy’ special last season.

  • Joshua Curtis says:

    This is definitely interesting (and great) news!

    I’m always interested to see how shows are going to work if they come over from the UK to the US and for a time Millionaire was the show. I think its pretty cool that the show is being renewed for a second season already and we haven’t seen the premiere yet!

    I wonder if there are going to be more chasers in the second season because in the UK version for season 1 they had Wallace and LaBett and then Series 2 they added Anne!

    The Chase is MOST DEFINITELY on!

  • Scott says:

    Wow. To renew a brand new series before it even airs… Goes to show you that if a program impresses the GSN execs, they can renew it right away. If only 1 VS 100 was done right so it too would’ve been renewed…

  • JEFF S says:

    I still think this kind of show works best in syndication as a daily (boy have they shoved family feud down our throats). I remember many moons ago the Match game being a daily show and was nice but then lost a lot of its charm when they started running it once a week in prime time.

    Maybe we can get a daily show if this really succeeds on gsn. But the suits at GSN must have really been impressed. BTW from an article I read, the second season will be 8 episodes starting in late 2013.

  • Mark says:

    I’ve just recently begun watching episodes of the UK version of this show, and I already love it. I can’t wait to see the US version. I’ve been trying to boil down exactly what the magic formula is for the show. This isn’t the first time you’ve had contestants vs. geniuses. It’s not the first team-based game show. Etc, etc, etc. But unlike Deal or No Deal, or Minute to Win It, et al…in this game, if the players fail, it’s still captivating. Sure, you feel bad for the contestants, but you also feel in awe of the chaser. If someone fails in DoND, it’s just sad and pathetic.

    I think what it really boils down to is that it is fun to watch regardless of how much money ends up being banked, AND it’s enjoyable regardless of whether or not the contestant(s) win(s). Both seem like almost impossible qualities in game shows today. I really hope this becomes a regular GSN show.

    • Geptherigon says:

      It’s easy to explain why it works. First of all it’s 1 show with 3 mini games. There’s the cash builder, the chase with the chaser, and then the final round. In addition to that every round has its set of consequences. Doing better in the cash builder means more money to play for against the Chaser, and the Chaser knocking someone out has consequences for the final round. Even the Chaser missing a question in the final round carries weight. In the chaser round there are the occasions when someone gets bold and goes for the higher amount, and then there are the times when they get chicken and sometimes go for negative money. The final product is a dynamic show wherein each show takes on a little bit of its own life, and the end is never a foregone conclusion.

      To see some reasoning for why this show works you can look to the Price is Right. Granted that show is much more random with what games will be played, but it parallels The Chase a bit in that the show is broken up into smaller segments with each having a bit of its own personality. Even a great quiz show like Jeopardy, or Cash Cab would be hard to take for an hour because it’s just a constant bombardment of questions in a single format. This is the key. There’s no monotony in the format, and due to the player’s performances having consequences each show is much more unique.

    • Geptherigon says:

      Additionally the “vs.” format gives the audience a side to root for that can change from game to game, round to round, or contestant to contestant. Compare this with Jeopardy where many times the viewer doesn’t really give a damn who wins, they just want to hear the questions.

  • aaron says:

    I hope that they’ll be giving out consolation prizes to those people who make it to the final chase but end up getting caught or at least paying for the players’ travel.)

  • James E. Parten says:

    And isn’t it interesting?

    There’s a click where one can sample an episode. And which one do they choose? The same one that I often steer folks towards if they want a taste of how good this show is: Series 3, Episode 9–the first (I believe) episode in which the Chaser (Mark Labbett), offered a negative figure to a contestant–who went ahead and took it, getting looks of daggers from his team-mates. Also, an exciting, down-to-the-wire Final Chase.

    I’ve been doing my little part these last few years, and GSN is giving “The Chase” a major push. Let’s hope it gets the “Jeopardy!” crowd, as I have always said it could.

  • Brian B. says:

    I signed up on Wednesday and got the call today…I’ll be auditioning in Boston on Saturday. I’ll report back!

  • King Erroneous says:

    I wonder if I have to reapply…

  • Adam S. says:

    My friend told me the other day that he’s auditioning for The Chase, I hope he makes it.

  • Rick Mosier says:

    I had the pleasure of being one of the people auditioning in Seattle, and everyone connected with the show were very professional and friendly. I made it to the second round on Saturday, but didn’t make the cut for the final callback on Sunday. All in all, it was a very enjoyable experience.

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