"DUEL," A NEW TOURNAMENT-STYLE GAME SHOW BASED ON SMARTS, SKILL AND STRATEGY, WILL PREMIERE WEEK OF DECEMBER 17 ON ABC
Six-Night Series from BermanBraun and Rocket Science Laboratories Gives Game Show World a Shot of Adrenaline with Tense, Head-to-Head Competition for Huge Jackpot Guaranteed to Final Winner
Mike Greenberg (ESPN's "Mike and Mike in the Morning") Will Host
The new game show "Duel," a one-hour, high-stakes tournament-style competition to air over six nights with a guaranteed final winner, will go into production after Thanksgiving for ABC. From BermanBraun and Rocket Science Laboratories, "Duel" features head-to-head matches with nerve rattling game play rewarding contestants who embrace shrewdness and manipulation to win. If contestants can react quickly under pressure and outsmart their opponents using strategy and deception, intellect and skill, they could walk away with a life-changing prize potentially more than $1.5 million. One of 20 contestants is guaranteed to win the jackpot. "Duel" will premiere MONDAY, DECEMBER 17 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET/PT) and run over six nights to a finale on SUNDAY, DECEMBER 23 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET/PT). Mike Greenberg (ESPN's "Mike and Mike in the Morning" radio show) is the host.
In a cutting edge format combining trivia challenges like those on "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" with the strategy played in the "World Series of Poker" — 20 contestants are given the chance to duel against one another in a mental and intellectual showdown that combines nail-biting trivia fun with the unfortunate reality that, if someone gets one question wrong just one question that player loses the match. The top four contestants qualify to duel' for the guaranteed jackpot. Contestants in "Duel" have been chosen for their confidence and charisma, a love of trivia and an obsession for competition. These 20 people will become characters to root for (or against) during the six nights. Examples of contestants could include a punk rock astro-physicist, an opera singing fireman, a supermodel beauty with a Harvard Law degree, a retired welder who writes computer programs for fun the key being that not everything will be revealed about contestants' backgrounds they choose their opponents in a duel.
Among the highlights for:
Each episode will feature three or more duels
Players begin each duel with 10 chips valued at $5,000 each
After a player wins a duel, that player chooses the next contestant to play
Chips placed on wrong answers are collected by the house and added to an escalating jackpot
Each time a player wins a duel, he or she banks the value of the remaining chips
Top four players qualify for the finals
On the final night, the series winner wins the jackpot
This intense, face-to-face showdown will require nerves of steel and a cunning strategy to win. In "Duel," one person is guaranteed to become the final winner.
An online game of "Duel" is currently being developed by BermanBraun to launch on December 17 on ABC.com. Online gamers can choose to play either against the computer, or challenge other players' duels from around the country.