Proving Ground (TV series)
Titlecard for G4's Proving Ground
|Presented by||Ryan Dunn
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||9|
|Running time||22–24 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Bongo Pictures|
|Picture format||1080i HD|
|Original release||June 14, 2011– September 6, 2011|
Proving Ground is an American reality television series that aired in the United States on G4. The series was hosted by Jackass cast member Ryan Dunn and video game journalist Jessica Chobot. The program held a TV-14 rating due to strong language (although most of it is bleeped out) and comical violence.
Reruns of the show returned to G4's programming schedule in the latter half of 2013 after the network's aborted rebrand as Esquire Network, to G4's closure on December 31, 2014.
In each episode, Dunn and Chobot test concepts from pop culture such as video games, comics, television, and movies to see if those concepts are replicated easily in the real world. In the first episode the two tested the concept of a real life Super Mario Kart go-kart race with banana peels and koopa shells. The series premiered on June 14, 2011 to 31,000 viewers. Most of the testing segments were filmed at the Saugus Speedway.
On June 20, 2011, series host Ryan Dunn died in a car crash in Pennsylvania. G4 immediately pulled the series from their schedule until network management could determine whether the remaining episodes should air. On June 27, 2011, G4 announced that the show would return on July 19, 2011, and that the remaining episodes would continue to air in the same time slot.
- Levin, Gary (2011-05-04). "New show tests pop culture from 'Mario Kart' to 'Star Wars'". USA Today. Retrieved 20 June 2011.
- de Moraes, Lisa (2011-06-20). "G4 pulls ‘Proving Ground’ off the schedule after star Ryan Dunn’s death". Washington Post. Retrieved 20 June 2011.
- Johnson, Stephen (2011-06-27). "Ryan Dunn Tribute Special Coming; Proving Ground To Resume". G4. Retrieved 23 August 2011.
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