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Grandstand was a short-lived sports-themed quiz show.
Three teams of two (consisting of civilian contestants & celebrity athletes) compete to answer a series of sports-related questions.
Round 1: Face-OffEdit
In the first round, the players are quizzed on their partners' careers by the partners themselves. The teams played one at a time. Each contestant was asked up to seven questions and had 60 seconds to answer as many of them as possible. Should the contestant's athlete partners exhaust all the questions but the contestant did not answer them all correctly, they went back to the questions missed with host Chaplin asking those questions himself in the duration of the remaining time. Each correct answer was worth 25 points meaning that there were 175 points available; however, if the contestant could answer all seven questions correctly, he/she received a 25 point bonus for a maximum total of 200 points.
Round 2: Fast BreakEdit
In Round 2, the teams were asked rapid-fire toss-up sports questions (many of them were visuals, others involved props). Correct answers were still worth 25 points. When a whistle was heard, the game shifted into a "2-minute warning" where all correct answers were worth double or 50 points. The team with the most points at the end of the round won the game.
Bonus Round: TouchdownEdit
In this bonus, the action moved down a football-field game board in a round involving general sports trivia. To start, the winning team was given a choice of three categories, and then the round began. The team started at the 20 yard line, and then they had 60 seconds to answer as many questions under the chosen category as possible in an attempt to reach the endzone. Each correct answer earned 10 more yards down the field and won $200 in prizes. If the winning team scored a touchdown (made it to the end) the civilian contestant won a grand prize vacation. On the way to a “touchdown”, desperate winning teams could call a "Time Out" and throw “the bomb” which meant they had to risk their winnings on an all-or-nothing question.
National Video Center, New York City, NY
This was the first of two game shows hosted by Curt Chaplin who went on to become hallway interviewer/announcer on The People's Court.
The scoring displays used on the show were the same ones used on game shows played on the mathematical PBS TV show Square One Television.
A full episode from 1988