Dog Eat Dog (U.S. game show)
|Dog Eat Dog|
|Created by||David Young|
|Presented by||Brooke Burns|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||26|
|Running time||45–48 minutes|
|Original run||June 17, 2002– August 26, 2003|
|Related shows||Dog Eat Dog (UK version)|
Dog Eat Dog is an American game show, which originally ran from June 17, 2002, to August 26, 2003. It is loosely based on the UK version of the show by the same name. It is hosted by Brooke Burns, and has contestants compete against each other in physical competitions, trivia, and other assorted games for a prize of $25,000.
Six players spend a day together at a training camp before arriving at the studio for the show. A challenge is described, and the players each vote for the one they want to send into it. The player receiving the most votes takes the challenge. Failure to complete it sends the player to the "Dog Pound" and eliminates him/her from play, while completing it allows the player to send one of the people who voted for him/her to the "Dog Pound."
Four challenges are played in this manner. If a tie vote occurs on the first one, a player is chosen at random to break it; on all subsequent challenges, the last player eliminated acts as the tiebreaker. The last two players compete in a fifth, head-to-head challenge, such as Fish Throwing and Wall Climbing, with the winner being officially declared that night's "Top Dog" and the loser going to the "Dog Pound". The "Top Dog" then faces the other five players in a trivia challenge in which $25,000 is awarded to the winning side.
The previously determined "Top Dog" faces the five members of the "Dog Pound." A category is shown, like Music, Food and Drink, Movies, Business, Sports, Famous People, Politics, History, Animals, Fashion, Television, Celebrities, Education, Medicine, Video Games/Games, Geography, Transportation, Theater, and more, and the Top Dog chooses a member of the Dog Pound who they think cannot answer a question in that category. Each contestant can be chosen only once, which means that once the Top Dog picks someone, they can not pick them again. If the Dog Pound member answers correctly, the Dog Pound scores a point; if not, the Top Dog scores a point. The first side to score three points wins the game and $25,000 (the five Dog Pound members receiving a divided $5,000 each if they win).
In the show's first season, a contestant had to be hospitalized after falling unconscious during a challenge where he had to hold his breath underwater. The contestant sued NBC, claiming that the mechanism failed and caused him brain damage. The episode continues to run in syndication on GSN.