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|Presented by||Jordan Brady|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||1|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company(s)||RPA Productions
|Original network||USA Network|
|Original release||September 9, 1996|
Grill Me is a USA Network game show that aired its pilot (and only episode) on September 9, 1996. It was hosted by actor/comedian Jordan Brady (his previous hosting stint being the 1990 MTV offering Turn It Up!), and sponsored by Honda.
Three celebrities (in this case, Dweezil Zappa, Susan Olsen, and Kristoff St. John) competed to win money in a game show somewhat like Jeopardy! for charity – indeed, Brady referred to it as "Jeopardy! for stupid people".
The first round was known as the "Appetizer" round, and five pun-laden categories (with food names taking the puns of questions regarding celebrities) were presented to the celebs, who were given $99.95 to start with (the first category picked by the winner of a drawing of straws [or in Jordan's case, "Indian leg wrestling"]). Each category had a different value, from as low as $9.95 to as big as $17.95, and the first question in each category was asked as a toss-up. Whoever buzzed in with the right answer earned money and control of answering two more questions worth the same amount. If a contestant did not know the answer to a question, he or she could force an opponent to "eat it" and make him or her answer the question for double the value. If at any time a wrong answer was given, money was lost. At the end of the round, a toss-up question was asked regarding a piece of music three dancers sung and danced to, with a right answer worth $25, referred to as the "Blue Plate Special".
The Appetizer Round categories were as follows:
- French Onion Snoop Doggie Dog (worth $9.95) – referred to rappers
- A Knish Called Wanda (worth $11.95) – not picked; most likely referred to Kevin Kline movies
- Bryant Gumbo (worth $12.95) – not picked; most likely referred to daytime talk shows
- Hot Serials (worth $14.95) – referred to soap operas
- Brady Brunch (worth $17.95) – referred to the Brady Bunch
In addition, the "Blue Plate Special" referred to the Contours' Do You Love Me?.
Round 2: All-You-Can-Eat
Six questions were asked to the celebs, this time, answering from one of three choices in this round, the "All-You-Can-Eat" round. A right answer earned $25, but a wrong answer caused the contestant to sit out for the remainder of the round. In the case of the only aired episode, the choices were "Surf" (famous for being in water), "Turf" (famous for being on land), and "Smurf" (famous for being a cartoon character).
Round 3: Main Course
This was played the same way as the "Appetizer" round, except the dollar values were raised, with values going from $24.95 to $36.95. The contestant who was in last place got to pick the first category for the round.
The Main Course Round categories on the only episode were:
- Kevin Bacon Lettuce & Tomato (worth $24.95) – not picked; most likely referred to Kevin Bacon
- Marconi & Cheese (worth $27.95) – not picked; most likely referred to radio DJs
- Ike & Tina Tuna (worth $30.95) – referred to celebrity marriages that ended in divorce
- Silence of the Lamb Chops (worth $33.95) – referred to the actors who were in the Silence of the Lambs franchise
- Not Ready for Prime Rib (worth $36.95) – referred to the cast of Saturday Night Live
At the end of the round, the celebrity with the lowest score was eliminated from the game, but s/he earned $2,500 for his/her favorite charity.
The final round was known as the "Dessert" round. The contestant in the lead had a choice of either going first or picking the category. Unlike rounds one and three, there were only three categories, with each question worth $50. In this round, a wrong answer gave money to the opponent (instead of deducting money), but a contestant could still force an opponent to "eat it". When 60 seconds ran out, whichever contestant had the highest score won the game and earned $5,000 for charity. The loser got $2,500.
The only episode's Dessert Round categories were:
- Second Banana Split – referred to co-stars of TV shows
- Murphy Brownies – not picked; most likely referred to the cast of Murphy Brown
- Schnozzberry Pie – not picked; most likely referred to famous people with big noses
There was no bonus round.