Viera TV debuts student-produced game show

Viera High School junior producer/host Lindsey Ott poses questions to contestants, from left to right, senior Lili Rose Zayak; sophomore Sophia Jolie Zayak and sophomore Cole Mayer as part of a new game show called "On the Fly" created by the Viera High School TV Production class.

 

It’s a game show with a high school twist, like a smelly shoe, or maybe even a whipped cream pie … if you dare.

The Viera High School TV production class debuted a new game show last month called “On the Fly” that is designed to be as much fun for the audience as it is for the contestants.

Junior Lindsey Ott developed the student-run production at the request of teacher Michael Szabo.

“The general concept is a mash of all the game shows that I’ve seen,” said Ott, who also serves as the show’s host.

“We have (pop-culture oriented) trivia which is based off ‘Jeopardy,’ but the trivia has different levels of hardness. There’s a scale. They get asked these questions and they can answer … each question is 100 points, but if they absolutely don’t know what it is, they can complete a dare for half the points.

“The dare for the show we just shot was you have to smell this guy’s shoe. I’m thinking about bringing in whipped cream to make pies just to make it more (fun). They don’t know the dare when they choose it.”

Senior Lili Rose Zayak, sophomore Sophia Jolie Zayak and sophomore Cole Mayer served as the contestants for the version of the show that aired. They’re part of ClubTV that meets every Wednesday.

“The funniest part is you think you know it, so you’re really confident with your answer, and then you get it wrong,” Lili Rose Zayak said. “Or, you’re just throwing out a random answer. … And it was the answer.

“It’s fun.”

Viera students will also have a chance to get involved and maybe even win a prize.

“At the end of the show, I have a question that speaks directly to the camera,” Ott said. “Today’s was ‘What country consumes the most chocolate.’ Whoever calls into Mr. Szabo (and is) the first person to say Switzerland gets a gift card.”

Szabo, who started a student-run Internet radio station — WVHS — is hoping the idea of getting real-world experiences like this will create more interest in the class and club.

“We’re trying to build a program and get people (involved),” he said. “It’s growing. I’m excited about it. It’s good for the kids. They’re really learning a lot.

“… These students really put out some excellent work. I’m very proud of them.”

Ott, who came to Viera from Richmond Hill, Georgia, was a producer for the news program at her former school. When Szabo told her he wanted to start a game show, she started doing research.

“I had never done a game show before. I had focused primarily on news,” Ott said. “So, I just started watching old reruns and I was like, ‘I like this, but I hate that.’ So, I just pulled everything that I liked out of it, all the different shows I watched. It took a couple of weeks to plan and fine tune everything.”

The show is already generating some buzz around campus. Ott said one of her teachers has been asking her every day when the show airs.

“My friends are all interested in it,” Sophia Jolie Zayak said. “… They all want to see it and laugh at it. It’s just something to add to the day during class.”