Interviews with Top Shot host Colby Donaldson and executive producer Craig Piligian about the show’s fifth and final season.
Two competition series have evolved the very, very standard, formulaic, talent-driven competition format in interesting ways: History’s Top Shot has become 100 percent about talent, while Discovery’s The Big Brain Theory has kept its eliminated contestants around to continue to participate and compete for a wild card spot. Both shows are produced by Pilgrim Studios,… continue reading
History’s great competition series Top Shot will finally return after more than a year off the air: its first-ever all-star season will debut May 29. The 16 returning contestants won’t be split into teams and will compete in a new, unexplained challenge called “The Proving Ground.” They’ll compete for $100,000 and a special edition Tahoe… continue reading
Top Shot ends its third season tonight, and I talked to both host Colby Donaldson, the Survivor alum, and the show’s executive producer about the History Channel series. It is spawning a a spin-off, and also faces an unusual challenge, balancing competition and the real-life drama that turns off some viewers. I first talked to… continue reading
Last night’s Top Shot featured some Survivor-style drama, another example of the show transcending its basic subject matter (a competition between expert marksmen) and becoming more about human drama, which probably drives marksmen crazy but makes it have much broader appeal. The drama centered around this season’s drama queen, Jake Zweig, a 39-year-old college football… continue reading
Last summer brought the debut of two new surprising competition series: Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race and History’s Top Shot. Both returned this summer, although Top Shot is now in its third season. Both were throwbacks to earlier, simpler competition series yet were very compelling. Watching food trucks race across the country and stop… continue reading
Top Shot ended its second season on the History Channel last night, and gave its winner, Chris Reed, $100,000, and Colby Donaldson his last chance to say “Top Sheeeot!” until the summer’s debut of season three. Joe Serafini was eliminated in the first round, and George Reinas’s elimination meant Brian “Gunny” Zins went to the… continue reading
Season three of Top Shot started filming this past weekend, and will debut later this summer: good news, because the History Channel competition series’ second season is still going strong. Last night, it reached the merge–er, individual round–and from its slow-motion explosions to its annoying alliance of roommates led by new villain George, the show… continue reading
The History Channel’s first competition reality series, Top Shot, returns for its second season tonight at 10 p.m. ET, and if you didn’t get aboard last season, it’s worth watching. The Colby Donaldson-hosted series is interesting even to people, like me, who have no real experience or even interest in guns; it’s about talented, skilled… continue reading
Top Shot, the surprisingly good History Channel competition between marksmen, is now casting for its third season, as its second season debuts Feb. 8, and will be once again hosted by Survivor‘s Colby Donaldson, who told me before the first season debuted that its crew was “hoping we take this thing as long as Survivor… continue reading
Top Shot ended its first season Sunday night, and former British Special Forces and current construction company manager Iain Harrison won the $100,000, defeating Chris Cerino. J.J. Racaza came in third, and Peter Palma was the first eliminated during the finale. About 2.8 million viewers watched the finale, a series high, the network announced. History’s… continue reading
Top Shot, History’s first reality competition series, has been renewed for a second season, I’ve learned, and is now casting. When host and former Survivor cast member Colby Donaldson and I talked prior to the debut of the first season, which is still airing, he told me the production was “hoping we take this thing… continue reading
An interview with Top Shot host and Survivor alum Colby Donaldson, with details including how much of his hosting was drawn from Survivor host Jeff Probst.