Fox Picks Up ‘Boom!,’ A Trivia Show With Explosive Theme

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Fox Broadcasting said it had picked up “Boom!” a competitive trivia game show that has already had successful outings in Israel.

In the game, a  squad of four players must defuse eight replica bombs” by answering trivia questions correctly within a strict time limit. A nominated player must defuse one “bomb” per question by cutting through colored wires representing multiple choice answers. If the player answers correctly, the prize money builds and he or she continues playing.

“Never has a ticking clock been so ingeniously placed at the center of a game, and never has a game more inventively borrowed from the language of a thriller,” said Simon Andreae, executive veep, alternative entertainment at Fox Broadcasting, in a statement.

In Israel, “Boom!”  became the highest-rated game show launch ever in that country. According to its producers “Boom!! scored a  41.2% share and 26.7% household rating. Series is produced by Keshet International (Keshet DCP in the U.S.) and Dick Clark Productions.

While the show’s formula may seem new and different, pick up of the program follows a familiar pattern for Fox, which in the past has expressed a yen for innovative reality-competition formats that have previous track records in overseas markets, including “American Idol” and “The X-Factor.” Fox previously announced it would cancel “X Factor.”

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  1. Curtis says:

    This is not going to come off well. I have been waiting for Hollywood to come up with a new idea for a new show, whether it be a 30 minute comedy or drama. But this, this is not going to go over well in the long run. Does Fox really think this is going to taken seriously and not make people who lost lives on 9/11 or overseas in Iran or anywhere else. Do you think men and women who are coming back from the field with blown off limbs is going to appreciate the fun in this game, when in fact they have experienced the real thing. Think before you release this program Fox. Think of the millions of US Forces you are going to piss off. Also, the families of the dead and mangled US Forces that are home now fighting for their lives. I cannot believe the sensors looked at this show and gave it a green light. Are they nuts!!!!!!

  2. Jacques Strappe says:

    I have a few suggestion to add to the levity of this game show. Dressing up contestants as terrorists would just be hilarious as would splattering fake blood on the contestants when the bomb “explodes”. It would cute if small replica models of the World Trade Center twin towers collapsed every time a bomb went off, too. Also, debuting this show on 911 would certainly bring much needed publicity to FOX.

    Seriously, if I didn’t know better, I would say this is a story ripped from The Onion or an April Fools joke but sadly, it is neither. “Surreal” is one word I would use to describe this game show. “Offensive” would be the other. “Springtime for Hitler”-like chutzpah from FOX. And, I won’t dare touch the total disconnect of this show debuting and thriving in Israel. Wow, just wow.

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