Think you know it all? This October, Science Channel is willing to bet cold hard cash that you don’t in HEAD GAMES, the network’s first-ever trivia show for television and online. From the creative genius of executive producer Whoopi Goldberg and her production company Whoop Inc., the all-new irreverent trivia series uses humor and fascinating science facts to put the intellect of contestants and viewers alike to the test. HEAD GAMES premieres Saturday, October 17, 2009 on Science Channel and Science Channel HD.
Hosted by comedian and actor Greg Proops, HEAD GAMES gives viewers science trivia they can chew on. In each episode, contestants test their aptitude against questions about peculiar, unexpected facts from the natural and scientific world. When a flea jumps, does it accelerate at the same rate as the space shuttle? Can astronauts belch while in space? What has more chromosomes: humans, peas or crayfish? How many inches of snow are equivalent to one inch of rain? What is the average length of a bolt of lightning: 100 feet, one mile or five miles?
“HEAD GAMES will get our audience excited about the world around them through science. We’re showing them how ubiquitous science really is, how it touches everything in their lives,” said Debbie Myers, Science Channel general manager. “The power of our network, the expertise of Whoop Inc., and the smarts, style and sharp wit of Greg Proops blend together perfectly, and are sure to make the first trivia show in Science Channel’s history a fan favorite.”
“Someone might ask the question, ‘why are we producing this show?,'” said executive producer Whoopi Goldberg. “If I said it’s for the money, nobody would believe me. So let me tell you something more unbelievable, I love science facts. The idea that this show can make you say ‘Come on, that’s not true … is it?’ or ‘No way! That’s crazy!,’ makes me happy and that’s why I’m doing this show.”
During each of the four rounds in HEAD GAMES contestants earn points for the questions they answer correctly. Get questions wrong and you’ll lose points. Either way HEAD GAMES host Greg Proops doesn’t just tell you the correct answer. Proops informs the audience by showing the bizarre — but correct — answers with extraordinary video that will often leave viewers saying “Did you just see that?”. Videos utilize high-speed, time-lapse or microscopic cinematography to draw out the science behind a wealth of subjects including chemistry, space, biology, animals, insects, physics and more. At the end of the four rounds the winning contestant proves he or she is smartest by having the most points, and walks away with up to 5,000 dollars in cash.