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    Monster Garage

    Monster Garage

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    Discovery Channel (ended 2006)
    Monster Garage is a game show where a group of people who have a passion for building, modifying, or fabricating cars get the chance to create a vehicle that can transform into a completely different machine. If the build is successful, the build crew gets a tool chest with $3,400 worth of Mac tools. Later add-ons to the prize, Monster Garage soundtrack CD, and occasionally (to some of the builders who go above and beyond) a Monster Garage jacket. If the build is a failure, host Jesse James feeds it to a shredder. James got his Discovery Channel fame by being chronicled in Motorcycle Mania and Motorcycle Mania 2. In Monster Garage, he is practically involved in every build; from design, construction (or destruction), and the Monster Challenge.moreless
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    Design on a Dime

    Design on a Dime

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    HGTV (ended 2006)
    Design on a Dime makes over a space for design-conscious home dwellers who want lots of style but may not have lots of money for the project. With a budget of just $1,000, a design team tackles a problem area such as a boring bedroom, lackluster living room, cluttered dining room or outdated office space. Together the team transforms the ordinary into the awesome. What a dramatic change! And what fun to see the residents' reaction to their new room! The budget isn't big, but the payoff sure is. Hosts are Sam Kivett (100s and 200s), Lee Snijders and Kristan Cunningham (300s); design team members include Charles Burbridge, Summer Baltzer, Dave Sheinkopf and Spencer Anderson. Get dozens more decorating ideas for your home when you watch Design on a Dime Decorating Demos, including six video projects exclusively on HGTV.com!moreless
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    American Inventor

    American Inventor

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    ABC (ended 2007)
    American Inventor is a show about the biggest search ever for America's best new invention. The show sets out to uncover the hottest new product each season and make one struggling inventor's dream come true. With one million dollars at stake, American Inventor celebrates the best in homespun American ingenuity.

    National casting calls were held in six major cities across the country. Thousands of inventors, tinkerers and entrepreneurs of all ages were drawn to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, New York, Houston, and Tampa for a shot at turning their dreams into realities. Inventors of all ages presented their most prized inventions, featuring everything from the wacky to the heart warming.

    A panel of expert judges narrows down the initial entries to a group of finalists, who are given $50,000 each to develop their product, refine it and take it to the next level. This is a show that makes the American dream come true for one person -- taking his/her idea, vision and creativity and helping to turn it into a mass produced product that will be in every American home -- but in the end it is up to America to call in and vote on which invention is worthy of the one million dollar prize.

    American Inventor is produced by FremantleMedia North America, Simon Cowell's Syco Television and Peter Jones TV Ltd. Simon Cowell, Cecile Frot-Coutaz, Siobhan Greene, Peter Jones and Clay Newbill are executive producers. Dug James and Tabitha Hansen are co-executive producers.moreless
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    Two-A-Days

    Two-A-Days

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    MTV - Music Television (ended 2007)
    The Hoover High School Buccaneers are ranked 2nd in the nation in football. Two-A-Days looks at the members of the team as they try to cope with academics, parents, girlfriends, the social scene and their drive to win a fourth state championship title. Each episode ends with a game. And at Hoover, every game is a big game. This show ended after the second season. Coach Propst was caught changing the grades of the players, using several ineligible players, and having numerous affairs.moreless
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    American Gladiators

    American Gladiators

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    NBC (ended 2008)
    American Gladiators pits everyday athletes against the show's gladiators in contests of physical strength and endurance. The revival of theAmerican Gladiators franchise features such classic events as The Joust, The Wall, Hang Tough, and Eliminator with upgraded 21st century technology, as well as many new and expanded events. The show is hosted by Hulk Hogan and Laila Ali.moreless
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    Trick My Truck

    Trick My Truck

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    CMT - Country Music Television
    Country culture's answer to MTV's Pimp My Ride is Trick My Truck, a CMT series aimed at big rig truck aficionados. A team of mechanics dubbed the Chrome Shop Mafia swoop in on wistful road warriors whose rigs are in need of repair and styling. It's Extreme Makeover on wheels.moreless
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    Rock the Cradle

    Rock the Cradle

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    MTV - Music Television
    Rock the Cradle is a new reality singing competition series that pits the children of famous singers against each other.
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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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    Parental Control

    Parental Control

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    MTV - Music Television
    Parental Control is a dating show with a twist. Mom and Dad get to pick candidates to date their kid in order to replace their kid's current unacceptable love interest. The show begins with mom and dad both picking a candidate of their choice. Both get to plan and carry out a date with their pride and joy and then the kid gets to choose...go with mom's pick, dad's pick or stay with their current beau.moreless
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    Nanny 911

    Nanny 911

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    FOX
    Nanny 911 is a new unscripted series that follows a team of nannies armed with the dos and don'ts of child-rearing. Each nanny has a specific area of expertise, ranging from proper etiquette to controlling temper tantrums, and all are ready to help exhausted parents tackle the issues creating chaos in their home and whip their families into tip-top shape. (FOX's press release)moreless
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    Top Chef

    Top Chef

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    Bravo
    Top Chef's tenth season returns with a commitment to the basics, a new judge, and summer in one of the Pacific Northwest's most foodie cities.

    Top Chef: Seattle debuts with 21 chefs in contention for the title and a qualifying round that will winnow them down to just fifteen. Back-to-basics challenges prioritize core skill set expertise–skills many may have let slip as they advanced professionally. With a new batch of contestants at the top of their game and exciting celebrity diners and guest judges, summer in autumn has never tasted so good. Padma Lakshmi continues as host, along with returning head judge Tom Colicchio and judges Gail Simmons, Emeril Lagasse and Hugh Acheson. Wolfgang Puck joins this season's production as a new regular judge. The Top Chef title includes a feature in Food & Wine magazine, the opportunity for the winner to showcase his or her skills at the Food & Wine c in Aspen, Colorado, and $125,000 to help turn the winner's culinary dreams into reality. Top Chef is produced by Magical Elves Productions, whose Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz serve as executive producers. Broadcast History:
    Seasons 8-10 – Wednesday, 10:00 pm E/P (9:00 pm CT)
    Season 7, Episodes 10-14 – Wednesday, 10:00 pm E/P (9:00 pm CT)
    Season 7, Episodes 1-9 – Wednesday, 9:00 pm E/P (8:00 pm CT)
    Seasons 1-6 – Wednesday, 10:00 pm E/P (9:00 pm CT)

    Awards:
    2012 Emmy Awards
    Nominated – Outstanding Reality-Competition Program
    Nominated – Outstanding Cinematography for Reality Programming ("Fit for an Evil Queen")
    Nominated – Outstanding Picture Editing for Reality Programming ("Fit for an Evil Queen")

    2011 Emmy Awards
    Nominated – Outstanding Reality-Competition Program
    Nominated – Outstanding Cinematography for Reality Programming ("Give Me Your Huddled Masses")
    Nominated – Outstanding Directing for Reality Programming ("Give Me Your Huddled Masses")
    Nominated – Outstanding Picture Editing for Reality Programming ("Give Me Your Huddled Masses")

    2011 James Beard Awards
    Winner – Television Program, In Studio or Fixed Location (Season Seven)

    2010 Emmy Awards
    Winner – Outstanding Reality-Competition Program
    Nominated – Outstanding Cinematography for Reality Programming ("Masters Get Schooled" "Vivre Las Vegas")
    Nominated – Outstanding Picture Editing for Reality Programming ("Vivre Las Vegas")

    2009 Emmy Awards
    Nominated – Outstanding Reality-Competition Program
    Nominated – Outstanding Cinematography for Reality Programming ("The Last Supper")
    Nominated – Outstanding Directing for Reality Programming ("The Last Supper")
    Nominated – Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program (Host Padma and Co-host Tom)
    Nominated – Outstanding Picture Editing for Reality Programming ("The Last Supper")

    2008 Emmy Awards
    Nominated – Outstanding Reality-Competition Program
    Nominated – Outstanding Cinematography for Reality Programming ("Finale (Part 1)")
    Winner – Outstanding Picture Editing for Reality Programming ("First Impressions")

    2008 James Beard Awards
    Winner – Television Food Special ("Top Chef Holiday Special")
    Nominated – Television Food Show, National and Local (Season Three)

    2007 Emmy Awards
    Nominated – Outstanding Reality-Competition Program
    Nominated – Outstanding Cinematography for Reality Programming (Episode 209 ["Seven"])moreless
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    30 Days

    30 Days

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    Planet Green (ended 2008)
    From Academy Award nominee Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) comes 30 Days, a documentary series that will explore what life changing experiences are possible in 30 days. The concept for the show stemmed from the transformation Spurlock underwent when he ate nothing but fast food for 30 days in his documentary movie Super Size Me. In this FX series, Morgan Spurlock asks the question, what would happen if people spend 30 days living in someone else's shoes? Find out the answer as he brings you 30 life changing days in one hour focusing on topics such as minimum wage, outsourcing, religion, sexual orientation, and jail. This series originally aired on FX.moreless
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    Gordon Ramsay's F Word

    Gordon Ramsay's F Word

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    Channel 4
    This UK series is all about food. Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay shows his softer side at his London restaurant, The F Word, from which the show has taken its name. In case you have been wandering the F stands for Food of course. Each season has its own theme.

    Season one is centred on Ramsay preparing a three-course meal at the F Word restaurant for 60 invited diners. He has adapted some of his restaurant recipes so that everything that he cooks on the show can be cooked by anyone. The Times' restaurant critic Giles Coren acts as a field correspondent. Food writer Rachel Cooke also provides several reports on healthy eating. Two (or three) commis "battle" each other in every episode to earn a position at one of Ramsay's restaurants. 12 commis chefs appeared in the series out of a thousand applicants. Furthermore this season has turkeys as the featured animal that Gordon raised in his back yard, for food, so that his children gained a better understanding of where their food came from.This season also features Gordon's "Get Women Back in the Kitchen" campaign, for the promotion of which he visited several English households to help women who wanted to improve their culinary skills. A pudding (dessert) challenge, usually between Ramsay and a celebrity guest is also featured, the winner of which had the honour of serving his or her pudding to the guests at the F-Word restaurant.

    From the second series onwards the restaurant sits 50 paying guests served by a different brigade. The brigades featured in season two are amateur brigades. If guests found any of their food unsatisfactory, they could choose not to pay for that item. Janet Street-Porter became the series' field correspondent instead of Giles Coren who only appeared as a guest star. Pigs are the seasons featured animals raised once again By Gordon and his family in his back yard. The recipe challenge in this season includes any kind of food instead of pudding only. This series empha on the importance of Sunday lunch. Due to a schedule change bad language is not beeped out from this season onward.

    (more to come soon)moreless
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    Endurance

    Endurance

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    Discovery Channel Kids (ended 2008)
    The premise of Endurance is simple: 20 teens will be dropped off in an exotic location, and will compete against eachother in both physical and mental challenges, with hopes of staying in the game. In the end, only one teen team will be left standing, and will take home the grand prize. In the first season, 20 teens competed in the Pacific Islands. During season 2, 20 new teens (and 2 returning competitors from season 1) faced off in Baja, Mexico. Season 3 brought the competition to Hawaii, and Season 4 went inland to the Tehachapi mountains. Season 5 soared to new heights in "High Sierras". Season 6 "Fiji" is now airing on the Discovery Kids network. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Broadcast History: October 5, 2002 - April 8, 2006: Saturday morning NBC (time varied regionally) October 14, 2006 - Present: Saturday, 8:30 (EST) Discovery Kids ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ The Episode List uses the first time the particular episode was aired on any network. For episodes 1-1 through 4-13 this premiere was on NBC on Saturday mornings. Episodes 4-14 and 4-15 premiered on Saturday night on Discovery Kids and were aired later on NBC. Starting with episode 5-1, the shows premiere Saturday night on Discovery Kids and do not air on NBC at all. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ "Endurance" At a Glance "Endurance": Blue Team (Jonna and Aaron) Win "Endurance II": Brown Team (Jenna and Max) Win "Endurance III: Hawaii": Gray Team (Lindi and Chris) Win "Endurance IV: Tehachapi": Red Team (Franke and Erika) Win "Endurance V: High Sierras": Green Team (Alex and Cealy) Win "Endurance VI: Fiji": Blue Team (Ben and Jordyn) Winmoreless
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    The Swan

    The Swan

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    FOX (ended 2004)
    The Swan offers ugly ducklings to transforms themselves into a beautiful swan. It offers women the incredible opportunity to undergo physical, mental and emotional transformations and follows them through the process. This groundbreaking idea culminates in a pageant in which one woman will be crowned "The Ultimate Swan." Each of the contestants will be assigned a team of specialists -- a coach, therapist, trainer, cosmetic surgeon, dentist and stylist -- that will work together to design the perfect individually-tailored program. The final reveal will be especially dramatic because the contestants will not be permitted to see themselves in a mirror during the three-month transformation process. FOX Broadcast History April 2004 - May 2004 .... Monday, 9:00pm October 2004--December 2004 Mondays, 9pm/8c Special Presentations April 7, 2004 .... Wednesday, 9/8c December 20, 2004....Monday , 8/7cmoreless
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    Don't Forget the Lyrics

    Don't Forget the Lyrics

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    FOX (ended 2009)
    Wayne Brady hosts this game show in which contestants are given a microphone, put on the spot and challenged to remember the lyrics to popular songs. The contestants must correctly fill in the missing lyrics for a chance to win money. There are 10 types of music and 10 different songs. If the contestant correct fills in all of the missing lyrics to the 10 songs they will take home one million dollars. There are 3 helps that are available to the contestant during the game. 2 Words which is where the contestant can check the correctness of 2 of the words they have chosen as the lyrics. 3 Lines gives the contestant three multiple choices for the missing lyrics. Back Up Singers, which are family and friends of the contestant that can help them with the lyrics. The back up singers will also have to take the microphone and sing the lyrics. Contestants can choose to go home at any time and take the money they have earned so far with them. If they answer incorrectly, then they could go home with nothing.moreless
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    Rock of Love with Bret Michaels

    Rock of Love with Bret Michaels

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    VH1
    Fans of the '80s pop metal band Poison won't want to miss this Flavor of Love-style VH1 reality show as the frontman Bret Michaels sets off on a determined search for a mate. Michaels needs a woman who can handle his rockstar lifestyle--someone who won't get jealous of his main mistress: music. Bret will design challenges to test each girls' ability to handle every aspect of his life. The women that rock his world will be given VIP passes and will be allowed to stay in his house. The others will be sent home until in the end when one lucky lady will be a true Rock Star Girlfriend.moreless
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    The Sing-Off

    The Sing-Off

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    NBC (Returning December 9th, 2013)
    Vocal-only groups get a chance to compete for a recording contract from Sony Music in this NBC take-off on American Idol.
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    Spicks & Specks

    Spicks & Specks

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    ABC1 (ended 2011)
    Get ready for a fast, furious and funny delve into musical history with Spicks & Specks, ABC TV's new weekly comedy game show screening Wednesdays at 8.30pm. Hosted each week by comedian Adam Hills, and featuring team captains Alan Brough and Myf Warhurst. Each week, the trio are joined by four guests from the worlds of comedy, music and entertainment.moreless
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    Amazing Wedding Cakes

    Amazing Wedding Cakes

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    WE - Women's Entertainment
    Go behind the scenes in the high-stakes world of wedding cakes and meet the cake designers who work under pressure to turn out confectionery masterpieces.
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