The Show is recorded live but shown about 6 hours after filming to allow for editing.
Two Moderators welcome the folks to the show, they outline
the rules for the contest, and introduce the teams.
The Personalities enter to rousing applause and squawks
from their “300” – and maybe good natured booing from
the Opposition’s “300”.
Candidate or Personality can lead their “300” in a cheer or dance
(the “300” will obviously need to rehearse before the show).
When all 4 team members have been introduced, they huddle up with their coach,
place their hands in the middle and break.
There will be 2 teams and 8 face-offs for
each 90 minute debate show.
A face-off begins when one of the debaters calls out a debater from the other team.
Example: Stephen Colbert says “Speaker Paul Ryan – I’m calling you out”!
The crowds go crazy, the band plays, then all is quiet as they face off.
NOTE: Captains of each team always face each other,
while the rest of the teammates can choose from the others
The face-offs continue with “B” role interviews interspersed between.
There are 5 hidden judges who evaluate and score the debaters,
much as in Olympic Gymnastics.
There would also be 2, hidden judges, scoring the way the “300” crowds
handle themselves. If they get out of line, points are deducted.
Their score will be averaged in with the debater’s score. So this
becomes a true team effort.
The “B” role interviews and musical interludes can be used to give time for the
Judges to tabulate their scores and for the home audience to weigh in.
While votes are being tabulated, the show can break for commercial.
During this time, the House Band can perform or the “300” crowds
can do their thing.
Also during the breaks, teams would be allowed to bring in their coaches
to help them strategize.
When the home audience returns from commercial, the scores from the
face-offs are revealed.
Towards the end of the show, a musical guest performs. Their performance
can be in a JamInTheMix.com style where their lyrics are
displayed with the guitar chords so that people in
“the 300” crowds, and at home, can sing along and
perform on their own acoustic guitars.
The casting director contacts a Celebrity or News-maker to be the captain
of a 4 member team.
The Captain gives the names of the individuals that they want
for the remaining 3 positions.
The captain decides who their coach will be. The show will provide one, or
the captains may obtain one on their own.
The team is given designs on their team uniforms and then
they decide which one is best for them.
Questions for each team member can be submitted by home viewers.
Teams arrive at the studio early, to work with their “300” and to
make last minute preparations.
Why a Sport Theme?
One of the most upsetting aspects of our last presidential election was the
negative energy, the tone, the name calling and branding.
It was obvious, this kind of rhetoric was not controlled.
A candidate insulted their way to the presidency and while
they did win the election, they created a nasty tone for the next 4 years.
That’s why a sport framework is perfect. First, it’s team oriented. Then,
it controls the name calling because points are subtracted when
that occurs. Also, the scoring system controls
the negative energy and tone. More than all of that, it allows for high emotion –
but positive high emotion for one’s candidate, team or cause.
Having a sport theme, as in the Olympics, allows for deep drama
and respectful, energized emotion.
The Judges are selected based on their credentials of being fair and impartial.
The Judges will be hidden, to better allow them to do their jobs. They would
only be referred to as Judge #1, Judge #2, etc.
The Judges can be voted out and replaced by the home audience.
How the Winning Team is Decided
Scoring from Judges is based on 5 categories worth 2 points each:
The level of respect they give to their opponents. Do they talk down
to them, name call, brand or demean. Bantering
is allowed but must be framed in respect. Any name calling
of a person will be penalized but name calling of an idea
or policy is allowed with no penalty.
Are they able to convince people that their ideas will work?
Are they just making up stuff to win the argument? Are they referencing their
points with credible sources?
Are they using storytelling, humor and good delivery to make their point?
Answering the Question
Are they deflecting or pivoting to avoid the question?
Each of the 5 Judge’s scores would be tabulated and averaged together.
This would be done in the same manner as Olympic gymnastics.
Then, this score would be averaged with the “300” score.
Finally that score is averaged in with the overall score the teams receive
from the home audience.
So the winning individual and team scores would be decided by
Expert Judging and by the home audience.