Summer House (2006 TV series)
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|Country of origin||USA|
|Original network||ESPNU (2006-)|
|Original release||July 25, 2006 – present|
Summer House is a reality series that airs on ESPNU and is hosted by Chris Spielman. The show takes six of the nation's top college football incoming freshmen and put them in a house in Chicago for one week. Summer House gives viewers an inside look at the future college football stars. The players compete against each other to be named "The King of the House". The competitors earn points for each challenge they compete in, leading up to the final day and the crowning of the "King". Between competitions and their day-to-day interactions with each other and sports celebrities, the players learn what it takes to succeed on the field and off the field. Its main sponsors are Under Armour, Direct TV and Dick's Sporting Goods.
Season one included prized recruits such as Greg Little (five star running back recruit, North Carolina) and Richetti Jones (four star defensive end recruit, Oklahoma State), and Chris Galippo (USC).
During one episode, the recruits went through a series of challenges put together by renowned sports industry expert Jarrod Jordan at Chelsea Piers BlueStreak.
The show debuted on Tuesday, July 25, 2006 and ran eight thirty-minute episodes. Special guests on the first season included Jennie Finch (USA Olympic gold medalist), Trent Green and Larry Johnson (Kansas City Chiefs), Todd Heap and Derrick Mason (Baltimore Ravens), Greg Lewis (Philadelphia Eagles), Gale Sayers (Chicago Bears Hall of Famer) and Ken Williams (Chicago White Sox GM). Mike Hall (ESPNU's signature anchor) and Bob Davie (ESPN college football analyst) also appeared. The contestants included Terrence Austin (four star wide receiver, UCLA), Jarred Fayson (four star wide receiver/quarterback, Florida), Cart Kelly (two star wide receiver/cornerback, Princeton), London Crawford (three star wide receiver, Arkansas), Cody Hawkins (three star quarterback, Colorado) and Taylor Potts (three star quarterback, Texas Tech).
The ESPN production was produced by Intersport, a Chicago-based production company, with head producers Michael Kolodny and Jim Gorman planning each day. ESPN also had producers Adam Briles and Paul Gordon assist in its productions.
- Star ratings range from 2-5 and are gleaned from rivals.com.
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