Quiz Shows. Introduction. What is a quiz show?. A quiz show has contestants. The contestants have to use their knowledge to answer questions. There is a winner. They aren’t game shows. Quiz show or game show?.
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Describe the following –
Put these shows in order from highbrow (number 1) to lowbrow (number 6).
Are there any quiz shows aimed at you, or people like you?
Blumler and Katz suggested people use the media to satisfy their needs. This is called The Four Needs theory. It has four main parts –
1.Quizzes provide an escape from everyday life; the audience get involved and try to guess the answers, they get carried away with the drama and the excitement and forget about their worries for a while.
2. Surveillance: Quizzes provide information about the world; the audience can learn things, and find out the answers to questions.
3. Personal relationships: the audience can chat about the questions and the quiz; they can compete or work together; it provides an opportunity for social interaction.
4. Personal identity: audience members can compare themselves with the contestants and see how their knowledge or memory compares; they can imagine they are the contestant.
Decide which of Blumler and Katz’s Four Needs you most want to satisfy when you watch quizzes, or other kinds of TV.
The choice of host is very important for quiz shows. The host is often the link between shows, and the person the audience most closely identifies with and recognises. The contestants change from week-to-week but the host usually stays the same.
Hosts are often chosen because they are already famous. Each host will convey certain ideas to the audience and attract a certain group of people to watch the show.
Choose three adjectives to describe each of these people, to sum up their appeal.
Quiz show (questions and answers about song lyrics etc)
+ game show (performing songs)
+ comedy (the host’s script, comedians on the panel)
+ music (knowledge of bands, musicians on the panel, music played)
Choose a hybrid show you know well.
Explain what TV quiz shows are. Remember to include details about:
How they differ from other genre
How they can appeal to a range of audience types
What we learn about the show from how the host and contestants are represented
How they have common features (set, host, format, theme tune etc) and how they differ from each other.
Remember to include examples of TV shows in your explanation.
You have 30 mins. To complete this task.