Gold Rush competitors may form teams; clues will be revealed on CBS shows

Mark Burnett talked to reporters a few minutes ago about his upcoming online competition series Gold Rush, and, among other things, clarified the rules of the game.

Essentially, over a couple days, clues will be revealed online and on TV shows (the first will be revealed on the Early Show Sept. 13, while one of the final clues for the first round will be revealed on Survivor Cook Islands‘ debut). Those 12 clues together will suggest the answer to the final, 13th question.

Burnett gave an example, suggesting a clue such as “her Kabbalah name is Esther” (answer: Madonna) combined with answers about Las Vegas, Egypt, a ray of light, and the length of one of the tracks on a Madonna album could then suggest the final answer, a specific room in the Luxor in Las Vegas.

Participants will answer those clues online, and they’ll be revealed over time. The first three people to correctly answer the 13th question during each round will be flown to compete for $100,000. Later, the 12 round winners and six others will be flown to LA to compete for $1 million.

However, you don’t have to compete individually. Burnett said “you can form syndicates if you want” and share the prize if you win. He suggested people might form teams that have members who have different expertise, as the clues are “all pop culture”-focused.

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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