Grill Me was a pilot shown on USA Network in 1996 that was a quiz on popular culture set in a diner. Categories were considered as "meals", while payoffs were referred to as "prices".
Three celebrities guests faced off in a game of pop culture trying to win money for their favorite charities. The three celebrities that night were, Dweezil Zappa, Susan Olsen, and Kristoff St. John. They were given $99.95 to start with and correct answers added money to their scores while incorrect answers subtracted money from their scores.
Round 1: AppetizerEdit
The first round featured five pun-laden categories (with food names based on celebrities, TV titles or something else) presented to the celebs (the first category picked by the winner of a drawing of straws [or in Jordan's case, "Indian leg wrestling"]). Each category had three questions and each had a different value, from as low as $9.95 to as big as $17.95. The first question in each category was asked as a toss-up. The first player to buzz in with the right answer earned money and control of the category. The winner of the toss-up was asked two more questions one at a time; each one was worth the same amount. If a contestant did not know the answer to a question, s/he could challenge an opponent (referred to as "eat it" on the show) and make him/her answer the question for double the value. Once a category was done, it was "sold out."
The Appetizer Round categories were as follows:
- French Onion Snoop Doggie Dog (worth $9.95) – referred to rappers
- A Knish Called Wanda (worth $11.95) – not picked; most likely referred to Kevin Kline movies
- Bryant Gumbo (worth $12.95) – not picked; most likely referred to daytime talk shows
- Hot Serials (worth $14.95) – referred to soap operas
- Brady Brunch (worth $17.95) – referred to the Brady Bunch
At the end of the round, a toss-up question was asked regarding a piece of music three dancers sung and danced to, with a right answer worth $25, referred to as the "Blue Plate Special". The "Blue Plate Special" referred to The Contours' Do You Love Me?.
Round 2: All-You-Can-EatEdit
Three possible answers were presented and then six questions were asked to the celebs. A right answer earned $25, but a wrong answer caused the contestant to sit out for the remainder of the round. The round ended when all the questions were asked or if each celeb got a question wrong. In the case of the only aired episode, the choices were "Surf" (famous for being in water), "Turf" (famous for being on land), and "Smurf" (famous for being a cartoon character).
Round 3: Main CourseEdit
This was played the same way as the "Appetizer" round, except the dollar values were raised, with values going from $24.95 to $36.95. The contestant who was in last place got to pick the first category for the round.
The Main Course Round categories on the only episode were:
- Kevin Bacon Lettuce & Tomato (worth $24.95) – not picked; most likely referred to Kevin Bacon
- Marconi & Cheese (worth $27.95) – not picked; most likely referred to radio DJs
- Ike & Tina Tuna (worth $30.95) – referred to celebrity marriages that ended in divorce
- Silence of the Lamb Chops (worth $33.95) – referred to the actors who were in the Silence of the Lambs franchise
- Not Ready for Prime Rib (worth $36.95) – referred to the cast of Saturday Night Live
At the end of the round, the celebrity with the lowest score was eliminated from the game, but s/he earned $2,500 for his/her favorite charity.
Final Round: DessertEdit
The final round was like the first & third rounds. Only this time, there were only three categories. The contestant in the lead had a choice of either going first or picking the category. Each question worth $50. In this round, a wrong answer gave money and control of the round to the opponent, but a contestant could still force an opponent to "eat it".
The only episode's Dessert Round categories were:
- Second Banana Split – referred to co-stars of TV shows
- Murphy Brownies – not picked; most likely referred to the cast of Murphy Brown
- Schnozzberry Pie – not picked; most likely referred to famous people with big noses
The round was played for 60 seconds and when time ran out, the celebrity with the most money won the game and earned $5,000 for his/her favorite charity. The loser got $2,500.
- This was Jordan Brady's second and last game show, his first was MTV's short-lived music quizzer Turn it Up! in 1990.
- The show used podiums from a previous USA network game show Quicksilver.
- It was unknown whether this was supposed to be a celebrity game or a civilian game.
Bo Kaprall & Michael Klinghoffer