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    Return to River Cottage

    Return to River Cottage

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    Channel 4 (ended 2000)
    Following on from Escape to River Cottage, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall begins his second year as a smallholder in west Dorset. With a year of experience as a small holder behind him, Hugh adds cattle to the River Cottage livestock and launches the commercial venture: The River Cottage Glutton.moreless
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    SlamBall

    SlamBall

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    SlamBall.net (ended 2004)
    When SlamBall made its groundbreaking debut last summer on The New TNN, the sports world got its first glimpse of the future; a non-stop, live-action human video game that broke all the rules of traditional sport and defined a new generation.

    But for the game's creator, 28 year old Mason Gordon, it was much more. For Gordon, SlamBall's debut was the transfiguration of a vision that had been embedded in his imagination for years, to a physical reality that the rest of the world could finally see and understand.

    In his youth, he could visualize it perfectly. In a recurring dream, it would happen over and over again. A guy goes up in the air. Another guy comes up after him. CRASH. There is a huge collision in the air. One guy takes control and pushes his opponent out of the way. Dream over. Every time he had the dream, it was the same thing. There was always a mid-air collision, but it was a different guy, a different uniform and a different move.

    Despite the familiar dreams, Gordon didn't think about acting on this imagery until many years later. Like a growing number of sports fans, his interest in traditional sports was increasingly influenced by the creativity and intensity of action sports like skateboarding, bmx and motocross.

    For Gordon, action sports had so much to offer the traditional sports world: non-stop action, riveting highlights, and most of all, fearless athletes. Yet, as a traditional athlete himself, he started to wonder about combining the best of both worlds. What would you get if you took the athletic components of football, basketball, hockey and gymnastics, and mixed them together with the insanity of action sports?

    He went back to the dreams. Once he made the connection between his new idea and the imagery of the mid-air confrontations he had seen thousands of times in his sleep, his confidence was unshakable. He knew it could be done. The question was, who else would ever believe it?

    Gordon took it to the one person who might, a visionary producer/director, Mike Tollin, principal of Tollin/Robbins Productions where Gordon had once worked as an intern. Says Gordon, "I approached Mike and told him I'd never bother him again, but that I just had this one idea that I wanted him to look at."

    Gordon spent the next six months trying to convince Tollin to help him make SlamBall a reality. Tollin recognized the potential of the idea, and after much thought, had the brainstorm that would be the project's jump off.

    Tollin did not see SlamBall as fitting into the traditional professional sports model. He didn't think it needed to develop in obscurity for several years at the grassroots level, build up a gradual fan base, and then hopefully find its way to television, as other, more established sports were struggling to at the time. If SlamBall was to be the future of pro sports, as Gordon intended, it would create it's own model: first put the games on TV, generate a mass audience, create a demand, and then back it into a more traditional league model.

    In what Gordon describes as the pairing of his extreme sports mentality and Tollin's brilliant understanding of traditional sports dynamics, a working relationship was solidified. Together, they set out to build the first SlamBall half-court.

    Constructed from spare parts: rusty gymnastics springs, second hand plywood and one trampoline, it wasn't pretty, but it would work. Next Gordon needed players. Combing the inner city parks, gyms, and rec. centers, he looked for what he calls prototype SlamBall players, vastly superior athletes who were creative, tough, and would play through pain.

    "You have to be tough as aluminium siding to play this game," says Gordon, "and your heart has to be bigger than your entire chest. You have to possess boundless belief in yourself and your ability. If you don't have that, you can't come close to playing SlamBall at this level."

    After looking at hundreds of players, he found his army, the five guys who would join with Gordon to make up SlamBall's Original Six: Jeff Sheridan, Sean Jackson, Michael Goldman, Dave Redmond and James Willis. Gordon chose to play and develop the game from the inside as a player. Gordon remembers, "We could only afford five players, so I had to be this sixth." In no time, all of them were seriously hooked. For three weeks straight they played 15 hours a day, going home completely beat down, and then coming back for more the next day.

    "It was the most fun I'd ever had in my life. It was crazy," remembers Gordon. "Here were these five guys who initially thought I was a lunatic, who were giving up their bodies and playing a really rough game and loving every minute of it."

    After testing the half court game, the group relocated to a downtown Los Angeles youth center where the first full court was built. With the addition of more players (including current SlamBall sensations Dion Mays, Stan "Shakes" Fletcher and Rob Wilson), the game soared to incredible new heights, literally. On the new court, Gordon added another trampoline at each basket. Gordon's recurring dreams would now be realized in flesh and blood, with spectacular mid-air collisions becoming one of the sport's main staples.

    As word of mouth traveled and local crowds started to get bigger, Gordon and Tollin brought in TRP's production partner Telepictures/Warner Bros to show them the local phenomenon that was building. What they saw was a fully developed underground sport that captured the core attributes of the videogame generation, a new combination of wild athleticism and amazing creativity, never seen before. "Simply put," says Gordon, "they went bananas."

    A 90-second highlight tape went to Albie Hecht, The New TNN's President. After one meeting with Tollin and Gordon, Hecht was sold. SlamBall would debut in the summer of 2002 as part of the network's "Slammin' Saturday Night" line up.

    "From that point on, it was like skiing downhill atone hundred miles an hour," says Gordon. "We had six months to find enough athletes for six teams, hire quality coaches and teach them all the game from scratch."

    Immediately, the group launched a series of radio campaigns to get the word out to potential athletes, and began reaching out to qualified coaches from around the country. Out of 400 coaching applications, the pool was narrowed down to 40 who were evaluated over a four-day clinic based on their understanding of the game and ability to formulate basic strategies.

    Surprisingly to Tollin and Gordon, many of the top tier basketball coaches could not get their heads around SlamBall. It was the younger candidates who better understood SlamBall's youthful energy, and had the kind of passion needed to guide it. Some candidates in their early twenties, like Hernando Planells, Jr. and Brendan Kirsch were awarded head coaching positions and encouraged to innovate.

    The search for players was equally as challenging. Three months and hundreds of athletes later, the first-ever SlamBall draft took place, producing six teams of eight players each. With players and personnel in place, Gordon and his team faced their biggest challenge of the sport's first season.

    "In six weeks," he says, "we had to teach a group of players a brand new skill set and get them to where they could put a professional quality sports product on the floor. With our original players already at a certain level, we had to get the rest of the guys caught up. By this time, the addition of two more trampolines on each side made the SlamBall court complete.

    Knowing the critical role credibility would play in establishing SlamBall's legitimacy, Tollin, a Philadelphia native, reached out to hometown businessman, Pat Croce, former President of the Philadelphia 76ers and one of the most successful sports entrepreneurs ever.

    Three days after seeing the game live and up-close, Croce signed on as a SlamBall partner and became the game's premier spokesperson, generating a PR frenzy no fledgling sport could even hope to achieve. With little marketing and promotion behind the initial campaign , Croce's involvement came at a critical time and soon the mainstream media; including ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Time Magazine and The Jay Leno Show were all chasing the SlamBall story.

    SlamBall made its national television debut on August 3, 2002, as a six-episode summer series and delivered the young and diverse audience TNN was looking for. Ratings were consistent throughout five consecutive re-run cycles as tremendous word of mouth brought new viewers to the game each week.

    "The greatest thing in the world for me," says Gordon, "was seeing glimpses of the sport I wanted SlamBall to be. When players would work out some kind of intricate pass or misdirection of the stopper, I saw a new type of instinctive strategy. To me, that's what was so cool about the first season."

    By December of 2002, SlamBall got the green light for Season Two. Seeing the potential for big ratings, the network more than doubled the number of SlamBall episodes, scheduling a 13-week series for the new season.

    With increased exposure, Gordon knows the game will be scrutinized more closely as critics try to decide whether SlamBall is, in fact, a "real" sport. "I want people to look at us," he says, "because the closer they look, the more they'll realize that these players are tremendous athletes who are playing their hearts out in a game that's so exciting, creative and dynamic."

    This year, the league added two new teams, the Riders and Bandits, and took tryouts national, something Gordon believes will raise the level of play exponentially, "What people don't understand is that we're just scratching the surface of the level of creativity and athleticism you're going to see in this game for years to come"

    "One day, there is going to be a guy out there who will have an interdisciplinary skill set so far beyond anything we've ever seen before, that no one will be able to discount his ability."

    As for SlamBall's future and the possibility of growing the sport, Gordon says it all depends on the fans. "If the fans want to see it, it's going to happen," he says, "but people can trust that everyone involved in SlamBall is going 24-7 on the accelerator to get it there."moreless
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    Average Joe

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    NBC (ended 2005)
    The series involves an ex-beauty queen/NFL cheerleader who's lead to believe she'll be on a dating show where she'll get to pick from a group of handsome men, a la "The Bachelorette." The first twist comes when she arrives and discovers the guys are actually "Average Joes." In the first season, the bachlorette is Melana Scantlin. NBC Studios is behind the series which will contain original twists and turns for the current dating/reality genre. Specifics however where not revealed. In the show, each week the beauty learns about her suitors during group and individual dates, as she determines which one might be her soul mate. She faces tough decisions as she must eliminate some guys in order to focus on those she has the most chemistry with. As the host and confindant, Kathy Griffin will offer her take on the behaviors and personalities af the men and is on hand to introduce the many twists and turns the show takes. The Peacock has committed to six episodes of the reality series from Executive Producers Stuart Krasnow ("America's Most Talented Kid") and Andrew Glassman (CNBC). Kathy Griffin ("The Mole") will host the project which, like FOX's "Mr. Personality" will test how important looks are in the dating process. Average Joe 2: Hawaii Hot on the heels of this Fall's hit Average Joe, NBC premieres the second installment of the series, Average Joe: Hawaii, on Monday, January 5 (10-11 p.m. ET). This new series was taped before the first series ever aired, thus protecting the twist. "As soon as we saw the first tapes of the original ‘Average Joe,' we knew there was rich potential for a second helping of this twisted take on the dating show. The fact that we taped both series before either hit the air allows for the surprise twists to hit the new participants with the same impact they had on the original show," said Zucker. In this new series, the crown of "Average Joe's" former beauty queen and NFL cheerleader Melana Scantlin is passed on to another former Miss USA contestant and model - Larissa Meek, who is swept away to a secluded island paradise with the promise of romance to be found among a group of 18 Prince Charmings. With no way of knowing the secret twist to "Average Joe" in advance, our new beauty must decide how to proceed when she meets the unexpected group of guys with big personalities, but admittedly average looks, ranging from a 5-foot-3 engineer to 340 pound sewage contractor. While finding themselves on what one dismayed ‘Average Joe' describes as "nerd island," the guys happily greet their beauty unaware that in a few short weeks a group of eight traditional dating-show-studs will join the competition to vie for her affection. As the series proceeds, new takes on the twists of "Average Joe" are in store for the audience along with brand new dramatic surprises; and tensions between the two groups of men reach new levels in several emotionally charged ‘joe' vs. ‘jock' showdowns. Average Joe 3: Adam Returns NBC will be premiering the third season of the series, Average Joe: Adam Returns, on Monday, March 15 (10:00 PM). The new season will be having new twists, and the biggest one would probably be Adam Mesh's return to the show. After Melana Scantlin's choice to take Jason as a winner on Average Joe's first season finale, instead of Adam, Adam's fans sent a big number of e-mails for bringing Adam back. Finally, after second season finished its airing, Adam Mesh will return to the show as a main bachelor in Average Joe 3: Adam Returns. Now Adam Mesh has the power to choose over some girls... Average Joe 4: The Joes Strike Back The newest and boldest installment of NBC's popular relationship series Average Joe about average-looking guys with big hearts and great personalities hoping to win the love of a beautiful woman returns with more twists, turns and conflicts than ever before. This time, stunning 26-year-old red-headed beauty Anna is the alluring bachelorette. Born in Poland and raised in Las Vegas, Anna has a degree in business administration and is now a model and entrepreneur. Once again, the unsuspecting model thought she was on a traditional dating show only to be surprised by a swarm of average Joes, including a tool salesman, a pest control guy and a computer-science student pursuing his Ph.D. In the six-episode series, the 18 enthusiastic average Joes hope to woo and win her over with their charm and personalities. But first, they'll have to navigate through an all new series of dramatic twists and turns, outrageous surprises ? and their toughest competition yet ? seven strikingly handsome jocks who are cocky and confident that Anna will only have eyes for them. Also included are a romantic getaway to exotic Tahiti, surprise visitors for both the Joes and Anna, and the return of three of the most popular former Average Joes in the premiere. NBC Broadcast History November 2003 - April 2004 -- Mondays 10:00 PM June 2005 - July 2005 -- Tuesdays 8:00 PM NBC Broadcast History - Special Night: Season 4 FINALE - July 27 2005 -- Wednesday 8:00 PMmoreless
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    The Rebel Billionaire: Branson's Quest for the Best

    The Rebel Billionaire: Branson's Quest for the Best

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    FOX (ended 2005)
    Welcome to "The Rebel Billionaire" guide at TV.com Sir Richard Branson, the colorful founder and Chairman of the Virgin Group of Companies, teams with award-winning Bunim-Murray Productions (The Simple Life, Real World) to lead a group of young entrepreneurs on an epic journey around the world, testing their mettle by having them relive some of his own colorful adventures. If they make decisions that impress Branson, they will continue. But each week, one candidate will be left behind on the tarmac as the rest of the group jets off to the next adventure. -FOX press release Episodes started to air in November 2004. The contestants competed to become work alongside Branson for three months as Branson worked as president of Branson's Virgin Co. and also to win a million dollars. However, the contestants did not know the full prize until the winner was chosen. Branson wass looking for a young, charismatic individual to follow in his footsteps. The show is the first ever reality show to be simulcast in HDTV. Here's a brief summary Branson, the thrill-seeking founder of the Virgin Group of Companies (including airline, publishing, music and hotel empires), will whisk 16 lucky Americans to a variety of international destinations that have some sort of significance to him as they learn some sort of lessons about what it takes to be a billionaire. Along the way they're perform some kinds of challenges and Branson will judge them on some sort of criteria and those who don't meet his high standards will be eliminated, no longer in the running for some sort of prize. Timeslot History on FOX November 2004-Current... Tuesday at 8 PM (Simulcast in HDTV) Special Presentations Tuesday, November 9: Series Premiere, 8-10 PM on FOX Friday, November 12: Condensed One-Hour Encore of Premiere, 8-9pm on FOX Encores normally aired on Thursday or Friday at 11:00pm ET on the cable channel FX.moreless
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    Viva Hollywood!

    Viva Hollywood!

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    VH1
    Contestants on this reality competition series on VH1 vie for a contract with Telemundo to become the next hottest Telenovela star.
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    Candy Girls

    Candy Girls

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    E!
    E! takes you inside the lives of music video background dancers in this reality series. The focus will be on the owner of a new talent agency and two dancers she represents.moreless
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    Amnesia

    Amnesia

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    NBC (ended 2008)
    How well do you know your own life? Contestants are tested on this very subject on Amne$ia, a new series hosted by Dennis Miller (author of The Rants, co-host of GSN's Grand Slam) airing Friday nights on NBC. Amne$ia tests contestants on the details of their lives, from events in their distant past, to the minutiae of things they might see but not realize every day. Possible questions include what type of wedding dress your spouse wore to the speed in your neighborhood. Amne$ia follows hot on the heels of two popular NBC games shows -- Deal or No Deal and 1 vs. 100. The program premieres on Friday, February 22, 2008, immediately following the season finale of 1 vs. 100.moreless
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    PoweR Girls

    PoweR Girls

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    MTV - Music Television
    PoweR Girls is a new reality show from MTV exploring the life of a team of young publicists, led by press maven, Lizzie Grubman and her PR company, who control much of the Hamptons, Manhattan, and Miami trendy nightlife. PoweR Girls will go "behind the rope" to see how celebrity publicists really get the job done. The series will follow Lizzie and her "power girls" (Millie, Rachel, Ali, and Kelly) as they deal first hand with full guest lists, party crashers, celebrities, and paparazzi. Theme Song "Wonderful Night" Performed by Fat Boy Slimmoreless
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    Split Ends

    Split Ends

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    Style Network
    Watch as two hair stylists with separate skills see what's it like to use someone else's scissors for one week.
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    The Casino

    The Casino

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    FOX (ended 2004)
    A new unscripted drama series from Mark Burnett, the creative force behind the Emmy award-winning series "Survivor" , The Casino provides an extraordinary 24/7, behind-the-scenes look at the real-life drama that unfolds at the Golden Nugget Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. This lure of Las Vegas is captured on camera and serve as a backdrop to the story of two young entrepreneurs who found remarkable success during the internet boom and are now living out their dream of owning a newly renovated hotel & casino and restoring the glory of its "Rat Pack" heyday. This series will offer a unique and unprecedented window into the world's most exciting business as our cameras wind their way into places never before seen on TV. At the center of the story will be Timothy Poster and Thomas Breitling, whose start-up "Travelscape.com" revolutionized the travel industry. The company's sale to Expedia in 2000 made the pair multimillionaires, and Breitling and Poster have used part of their fortune to fulfill a lifelong dream by purchasing the Golden Nugget Las Vegas Hotel and Casino on historic Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas. The two are now betting that they can revitalize this landmark casino, built in 1946, and return the luster that once made it one of the hottest places in Las Vegas. Conceived by Burnett and production partner Conrad Riggs, The Casino goes beyond the challenges facing Breitling and Poster, to explore the personal dramas unfolding amongst the guests and some of the 3000 employees inhabiting this world, including cocktail waitresses, entertainers, blackjack dealers, pit bosses, security and management. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, this real-life cast of characters runs an elaborate, high-stakes operation that caters to visitors from around the world seeking the thrill and excitement of Las Vegas.moreless
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    I'm From Rolling Stone

    I'm From Rolling Stone

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    MTV - Music Television
    Follow six young writers with the opportunity of a lifetime -- a summer working as writers for Rolling Stone in New York City. They'll fight over assignments, struggle to land celebrity interviews and race against deadlines... all in hopes of seeing their words and byline in the pages of the legendary music magazine.

    Find out who has the "write stuff" to win a coveted staff writer's position, and the right to say, "I'm from Rolling Stone."moreless
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    Mobile Home Disaster

    Mobile Home Disaster

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    CMT - Country Music Television
    Mobile Home Disaster takes deserving families and makes their dreams come true. Each week, the design team, which includes a contractor, designer and two carpenters, hits the road to turn one lucky family's world upside down. Lead by comedic host, John Caparulo, the Mobile Home Disaster team surprises a family, sends them on a journey and in just four short days transforms their home into the crown jewel of the neighborhood. The family is the envy of their friends and family as everyone comes together for the big reveal of the family's new home.moreless
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    The Big Game

    The Big Game

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    Music Behind Bars

    Music Behind Bars

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    VH1 (ended 2002)
    This documentary was about prison inmates trying to turn their lives around with music.
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    In the Line of Duty

    In the Line of Duty

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    In The Line Of Duty is a series of made for television movies that follow detectives on various cases. In The Line Of Duty: The FBI Murders, stars Michael Gross, Ronny Cox, and Bruce Greenwood and follows FBI agents on a hunt for a group of murderers. In The Line Of Duty: A Street Killing, stars James Farentino, Steven Weber, and Susan Walters, and this story follows an undercover police officer that is known to live on the edge. Dick Lowry is the director of this series of made for television movies.moreless
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    Hole in the Wall

    Hole in the Wall

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    FOX
    A US version of an amazing Japanese game show in which contestants must become pawns in a human game of Tetris by quickly maneuvering their bodies through strangely-shaped holes in a moving wall.moreless
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    Date My Ex: Jo & Slade

    Date My Ex: Jo & Slade

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    Bravo
    The Real Housewives of Orange County alum Jo De La Rosa is looking for love, and has enlisted the help of ex-husband Slade Smiley. Jo is living the high life in L.A. pursuing a singing career, but her friends think it's time she starts dating again. Her friends are setting her up with eligible guys, but the catch is all the men must live with and endure a serious grilling from Smiley, who remains Jo's trusted friend-but are his intentions good? Jo will choose one suitor from each episode who will move on to the next round until she is left with only one at the end of the season.moreless
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    Zalman King's Body Language

    Zalman King's Body Language

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    Showtime
    Zalman King's Body Language is a thirteen episode pornographic series from critically acclaimed adult film direct, Zalman King. The series, which originally aired in 2008, stars Samantha (Jessica Rimmer) as the bartender of a local Toronto strip club. Through her job, Samantha is exposed to a wide number of people and events that unfold throughout the series via the narration of Samantha. Through Samantha's stories, the audience is given access to intimate moments of the strippers that work at the club and the clientele that they are hired to please. Incidents reported by Samantha include a wild bachelor party, a peeping tom, a dominatrix, a cat fight, and much more.moreless
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    10 Grand in Your Hand

    10 Grand in Your Hand

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    DIY
    Ready to renovate? Find out how to shave up to $10,000 from your remodeling budget in this exciting DIY series.
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    Road to Price

    Road to Price

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    CBS
    "Road to Price" is a reality show from CBS that was filmed four years ago. It follows nine freshman boys from Merrimack, New Hampshire who have decided several years ago to take a road trip to Los Angeles, California to see their all-time favorite television game show "The Price is Right" and to meet the famous game show host, Bob Barker. The nine guys will attempt to cross the country in a refurbished old mini school bus. They sure have a long trip ahead of them, but not to worry--there will be no dull moments here. We get to hear their stories about the origins of their friendship along the way, and we watch as they make their way to California. They may run into some bumps in the road on their trip, but we cross our fingers and root for them to make it to their final destination!moreless
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