Think Like a Cat
|Think Like A Cat|
|Developed by||Meow Mix|
|Presented by||Chuck Woolery|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||1|
|Original channel||Game Show Network|
|First shown in||November 15, 2008|
Think Like a Cat is an American game show produced by Grand Central Marketing, and broadcast by Game Show Network. Hosted by Chuck Woolery and sponsored by Meow Mix, eight cats and their owners compete in the contest. The show has a top prize of $1,000,000. The show premiered on November 15, 2008.
The first round is an elimination round in which the eight cats are placed in front of a bowl of cat food. The first three to finish their food, or the three which eat the most when time expires move on to the second round. The three remaining owners answer trivia questions for points. The format is similar to Jeopardy! with six cat-related CATegories containing questions ranging from 10 to 50 points. The lowest-scoring owner is eliminated. The two cats are each recorded in seven different situations. The owners wager points on what their cat will do before each clip is shown. They may not wager more than half of their points on the first two questions. For the remainder, they may wager any or all of their points. The cat and owner with the highest score win $25,000, and a chance to play the bonus round.
Meow Mix Million Dollar Challenge
Ten bags of Meow Mix cat food are placed on the stage; the bags contain symbols with only one pair containing matching symbols. The owner and cat each choose a bag. If the two bags chosen have the same symbol, the owner wins $1,000,000, and in addition, earns an extra $100,000 to donate to the animal shelter of their choice. Otherwise, the contestant leaves with the $25,000 won earlier in the game.
Auditions for the show were held June 21, 2008. Potential contestants auditioned in front of a panel of three judges, which included Vincent Pastore from The Sopranos. The series premiered on November 15, 2008, with reruns of the program airing four times throughout the rest of the month. Although Steve Ochi, a writer for the show, called the project a "success", the show has not been seen on GSN since its original run in 2008.
Carrie Grosvenor of About Entertainment game the series one star out of five, arguing that the series should be "put down" and called Woolery and the fact that an episode is "only 30 minutes long" the only pros of the show.
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- Think Like a Cat. Season 1. Episode 1. November 15, 2008. Game Show Network.
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- Pesce, Nicole Lyn; Boyle, Christina (June 23, 2008). "No kitten, Meow Mix game show may make cat owners rich". New York Daily News. Retrieved March 7, 2015.
- Genzlinger, Neil (November 14, 2008). "Do You Trust Your Cat to Win You a Million?". The New York Times.
- "'Meow Mix Think Like a Cat Game Show' Premieres". CatChannel. November 14, 2008. Retrieved March 7, 2015.
- Grosvenor, Carrie. "GSN's 'Think Like a Cat Game Show' Should be Put Down". About.com. About Entertainment. Retrieved June 28, 2015.
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