Beat the Clock (2002)

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Beat the Clock (2002)

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Ladies and gentlemen, it's time to beat the clock ... by reading the Beat the Clock guide at TV.com! In 2002, PAX-TV revived television's all-time classic battle vs. Father Time, and once again, couples had a chance to Beat the Clock. But while there were many similarities to the age-old show, there were many differences that made this show unique (or, perhaps turned off long-time viewers who remembered classic Beat the Clock). Gary Kroeger (a one-time regular on Saturday Night Live who also announced on several Goodson game shows) was the new host, while beautiful Julielinh Parker was his assistant. Three couples, all married, dating or otherwise related, competed in this five-a-week show. The team completing the show's opening stunt first gets 10 points and the right to assign three individual stunts (for which vague Kroeger descriptions were read) to each of the teams. Each stunt, played one at a time, had to be completed within 30 seconds, but they could earn 10 extra seconds by answering a two-part general knowledge question correctly. In case viewers weren't around for the previous Beat the Clock versions, they got to see what stunts their predecessors each performed. And there were plenty of challenging ones - balancing jars full of coins on a teetering board, sifting ping pongs out of a sorter so only the red ones remained, finding three hot dogs buried in condiments while blindfolded ... the list went on. A team earned 10 points for completing the stunt, plus additional points depending on time remaining. Their score was important since it determined their placement in another three-way stunt, of which only the first two teams to complete it stay in the game. The remaining teams are then shown one final stunt and then bid downward from two minutes, a la Name That Tune's Golden Medley, on how short of time they need to complete the stunt. The team that completed the stunt or bid the opponent into defeat advanced to the "Whirlwind of Money." The "Whirlwind of Money" was simply a glass enclosure with giant fans blowing around dollar bills and the names of prizes. The team had 60 seconds to grab as much cash and prize cards as they could - up to $25,000 (later $50,000) available. Julielinh seemed to be able to instantly tabulate the team's winnings (along with coming up with a "witty" comment such as, "My, they sure earned a lot of bread to line their basket!"), while host Kroeger announced the prizes. Beat the Clock - produced by Fremantle and shot at Universal Studios in Orlando, Fla. - had been successful because contestants were rewarded for physical dexterity, inhibition and plain old luck. The 2002 version kept that, but viewers apparently weren't interested this time, and this revival lasted only one year.moreless
Dee Bradley Baker

Dee Bradley Baker

Announcer (Uncredited) (2003-)

Gary Kroeger

Gary Kroeger

Host (2002-)

Julie Ann

Julie Ann

Assistant (2002-)

Julielinh Parker

Julielinh Parker

Assistant (2002-)

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