Sunday, November 20, 2016

Cash Cab on speed

Imagine Cash Cab with Ben Bailey driving maniacally at 100+ miles per hour.

That's more or less Shotgun, NBCSN's new quizzer for the high-velocity set. Fearful civvie contestants ride in the passenger seat of a race car driven by a professional. They have to answer trivia questions as the car rolls at a fearsome pace through a twisty-turney course around the Irwindale Speedway. Which, by the way, looks like a low-rent facility. In fact, Wikipedia (usual caveats) says it's due for demolition.

The pro drivers don't have to ask the trivia questions. Instead, host Rutledge Wood sits comfortably in a booth above the track and radios the queries to the animated (and/or terrified) contestants. I watched a lot of footage on the NBCSN web site, and the show is enjoyable enough. You just have to get past the miscellaneous screaming and hollering as the cars careen around various obstacles.

After the ride the contestants usually say how great the experience was. I'll take their word for it. I'm just a game show blogger. I don't have to ride in those cars.

UPDATE: Shotgun did so-so numbers. 250K total viewers and a 0.05 18-49 rating. Way down from its NASCAR lead-in but not horrible.

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