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History Picks Up First Reality Competition Series

by Michael D. Ayers, posted Dec 9th 2009 11:14AM
Think you've got what it takes to be a "top shot?"

The History Channel thinks so, as they've announced the network's first reality-style game show. 'Top Shot' will feature contestants vying in sharp-shooting contests, in which each week one contestant is eliminated. According to the Hollywood Reporter, elimination challenges will be "inspired by real-life events in history, from Wild West shootouts to sniper missions."

The show is set to premiere in 2010 and has an initial 10-episode order. The show's inception comes from reality television veteran Craig Piligian ('Dirty Jobs,' 'Ghost Hunters'). ."Think you've got what it takes to be a "top shot?"

The History Channel thinks so, as they've announced the network's first reality-style game show. 'Top Shot' will feature contestants vying in sharp-shooting contests, in which each week one contestant is eliminated. According to the Hollywood Reporter, elimination challenges will be "inspired by real-life events in history, from Wild West shootouts to sniper missions."

The show is set to premiere in 2010 and has an initial 10-episode order. The show's inception comes from reality television veteran Craig Piligian ('Dirty Jobs,' 'Ghost Hunters').

It's surprising that it took so long to combine America's long-lasting love affair with firearms and the more recent -- but equally powerful -- love affair of reality shows that involve people getting kicked off. But if anyone's up for it, it would be the History Channel, which has consistently provided the footage for every imaginable World War II junkie out there.

According to a casting call making the rounds on various message boards, the winner of 'Top Shot' will receive $100,000. The challenges are said to be physical in nature and include the use of "multiple guns" and "mystery projectile weapons." Also, contestants must be able to "adapt to new weapons" (here's hoping for some sort of catapult situation).

We here at Inside TV would like to make a quick note: The producers are looking for skilled shooters of actual firearms. It doesn't count if you're really good at 'Call of Duty 2: Modern Warfare.'

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