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Science Channel and Executive Producer Whoopi Goldberg Challenge Viewers to Head Games Beginning This October
Greg Proops hosts the series, which is due on Saturday, October 17.

[via press release from Science Channel]

Science Channel and Executive Producer Whoopi Goldberg Challenge Viewers to HEAD GAMES Beginning This October

- First Trivia Show in Network History will be Hosted by Comedian and Actor Greg Proops -

SILVER SPRING, Md., July 30 -- Think you know it all? This October, Science Channel is willing to bet cold hard cash that you don't in HEAD GAMES, the network's first-ever trivia show for television and online. From the creative genius of executive producer Whoopi Goldberg and her production company Whoop Inc., the all-new irreverent trivia series uses humor and fascinating science facts to put the intellect of contestants and viewers alike to the test. HEAD GAMES premieres Saturday, October 17, 2009 on Science Channel and Science Channel HD.

Hosted by comedian and actor Greg Proops, HEAD GAMES gives viewers science trivia they can chew on. In each episode, contestants test their aptitude against questions about peculiar, unexpected facts from the natural and scientific world. When a flea jumps, does it accelerate at the same rate as the space shuttle? Can astronauts belch while in space? What has more chromosomes: humans, peas or crayfish? How many inches of snow are equivalent to one inch of rain? What is the average length of a bolt of lightning: 100 feet, one mile or five miles?

"HEAD GAMES will get our audience excited about the world around them through science. We're showing them how ubiquitous science really is, how it touches everything in their lives," said Debbie Myers, Science Channel general manager. "The power of our network, the expertise of Whoop Inc., and the smarts, style and sharp wit of Greg Proops blend together perfectly, and are sure to make the first trivia show in Science Channel's history a fan favorite."

"Someone might ask the question, 'why are we producing this show?,'" said executive producer Whoopi Goldberg. "If I said it's for the money, nobody would believe me. So let me tell you something more unbelievable, I love science facts. The idea that this show can make you say 'Come on, that's not true ... is it?' or 'No way! That's crazy!,' makes me happy and that's why I'm doing this show."

During each of the four rounds in HEAD GAMES contestants earn points for the questions they answer correctly. Get questions wrong and you'll lose points. Either way HEAD GAMES host Greg Proops doesn't just tell you the correct answer. Proops informs the audience by showing the bizarre -- but correct -- answers with extraordinary video that will often leave viewers saying "Did you just see that?". Videos utilize high-speed, time-lapse or microscopic cinematography to draw out the science behind a wealth of subjects including chemistry, space, biology, animals, insects, physics and more. At the end of the four rounds the winning contestant proves he or she is smartest by having the most points, and walks away with up to 5,000 dollars in cash.

About Greg Proops

Currently, Greg Proops co-stars as Max Madigan on Nickelodeon "True Jackson VP," a new comedy series starring N.A.A.C.P. Image Award winner Keke Palmer, and he may be heard as the voice of Bob the Builder on the popular children's PBS series of the same name. In the past, he has guest starred on the HBO Comedy series "Flight of the Conchords" as evil advertising weasel Martin Clarke.

Proops is a frequent guest on "The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson," "Chelsea Lately" on E!, and on FOX News Channel's "Red Eye with Greg Gutfeld." Mr. Proops regularly hosts his own live comedy chat show at the perilously hip Hollywood rock joint Largo. Guests have included Jason Schwartzman from "Flight of the Conchords," Russell Brand, Jack Black, Dave Grohl, Patton Oswalt, Sarah Silverman, Joe Walsh, Janeane Garofalo, David Cross, Margaret Cho, Dave Eggers, Joan Rivers, Andy Richter, Jeff Goldblum, Kathy Griffin, Lewis Black, Eddie Izzard and John C. Reilly.

HEAD GAMES is produced by Whoop Inc. For Whoop Inc., Whoopi Goldberg, Tom Leonardis and Dana Calderwood are executive producers. For Science Channel, Pamela Deutsch is executive producer. Debbie Myers is general manager of the Science Channel.

About Whoop Inc.

Created by Whoopi Goldberg and Tom Leonardis, Whoop Inc. is active in virtually every entertainment medium, including television, film, radio and theatrical productions. In addition to producing the NBC sitcom, "Whoopi", Goldberg and Leonardis produced the hit Lifetime drama series "Strong Medicine", which ran for six seasons. The duo has produced three movies for television: Lifetime's "What Makes a Family" (produced with Barbra Streisand, Cis Corman, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron), Showtime's "Ruby's Bucket of Blood" and the TNT Original movie "Call Me Claus,". In January of 2006, Leonardis and Goldberg produced "The Word According to Whoopi" a Bravo television special and most recently the West End debut of the new musical SISTER ACT at the London Palladium. Goldberg holds an Oscar ("Ghost"), a Grammy ("Fontaine, Why Am I Straight?"), a Tony (Producer/"Thoroughly Modern Millie") and an Emmy (Host/"Beyond Tara: The Extraordinary Life of Hattie McDaniel"). Leonardis is a Tony Award nominee for "Whoopi ... The 20th Anniversary."

About Science Channel

Science Channel is broadcast 24 hours a day and seven days a week to more than 57 million U.S. homes and simulcast on Science Channel HD. We immerse viewers in the incredible possibilities of science, from string theory and futuristic cities to accidental discoveries and outrageous inventions. We take things apart, peer inside and put things together in new and unexpected ways. We celebrate the trials, errors and brinking moments that change our lives forever. To find out more go to www.sciencechannel.com.

  [july 2009]  


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