WPTV is set to begin airing Let’s Ask America, a daily half-hour quiz show that lets viewers play from home via Skype.
If you follow the TV business you probably know that Scripps, WPTV’s parent company, decided a couple years ago they are done paying for syndicated programming like Entertainment Tonight, Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy and others, and decided to develop their own programming to fill the 7pm to 8pm hour at all of their owned stations. Let’s Ask America is one of those projects. It started airing last September on several Scripps-owned television stations throughout the US as a test. In Cleveland for example, Let’s Ask America replaced Jeopardy on WEWS-TV.
The show’s premise is simple. It polls America about “fun and irreverent topics”, and during three rounds four contestants who join via Skype have to correctly predict the right answer. For each correct answer the contestants earn money. The last remaining contestant can walk away with their earnings, or choose to wager all of their money for a chance to win up to five times the amount of his or her earnings, up to $50,000.
Earlier this year Let’s Ask America had a charity episode featuring meteorologists from Scripps stations. Kait Parker represented WPTV and WFLX, and former WPTV meteorologist Keenan Smith represented WXYZ-TV.
Let’s Ask America is hosted by Kevin Pereira (G4 Attack of the Show), and will air on WPTV at 7:30pm starting September 9. It replaces OMG! Insider.