Let's Brainstorm Ideas for CNN's New Political Game Show

What would political Jeopardy! look like? Or political Family Feud?

on April 4, 2013 in Munich, Germany.

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CNN, the network that brought us Larry King Live and Don Lemon reporting on a missing plane, plans to premiere a political game show next month hosted by Anderson Cooper, AdWeek reported on Wednesday. 

Last month, Radar reported that the leaked Sony emails revealed that CNN president Jeff Zucker approached Sony with an idea for a Jeopardy style show, which Sony was apparently not interested in.

Now, the network is opting to produce one on its own and, according to AdWeek, will air an episode of their “quiz style game show, focused on presidential politics” on Feb. 16—Presidents’ Day—and continue the show if it does well. 

Based on the online reactions from people who regularly cover politics, this is either a great idea...

Or not.

As CNN continues to develop and refine the idea for the show, we thought we'd chip in and offer a few suggestions. 


Basically a Jeopardy! rip-off, but with a different name for legal reasons, this fast-paced quiz show would pit contestants against one another in terms of arcane political trivia. 

Sample Category: Famous Vice Presidents for $400

Answer: All the president’s men couldn’t keep this man from becoming the 38th president without a single vote from the Electoral College.

Question: Who is Gerald Ford?

Partisan Feud

Like Family Feud, but instead of teams made up of people related by blood, these would be comprised of geographically-clustered party affiliation. Imagine members of the Congressional Democratic delegation from New York battling the Republican delegation from Texas. 

Sample Question: We asked 100 members of the audience what their favorite executive order is.

The Price for a Senate Seat is Right

This is, basically, The Price Is Right, but instead of guessing how much a new Kenmore refrigerator costs, the topics would pertain to campaign finance, and contestants have to answer questions about fundraising and spending. 

Sample Question: How much did the 2014 midterm election cost?

Answer: Guesses below $3.7 billion are acceptable, but if everyone overbids, you can always be the one who bids $1. 

Who Wants to Leave the 47 Percent?

This is essentially Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, but cheaper. According to Business Insider, you only need $511,000 to be in the one percent. All you have to do is answer a series of political trivia to get there.

Sample Question: For $500, which of these politicians is not considering running for the Republican nomination in the 2016 presidential race? A) Carly Fiorina B) Ben Carson C) Senator Rob Portman D) Senator Lindsey Graham

Answer: C) Senator Rob Portman