When given the opportunity to sneak in a bit of TV after school during my youth, I usually watched reruns of shows like The Facts of Life or Mr. Belvedere, or else, I’d put MTV on and stare blankly at music videos for a while. Today, according to MTV, the kids want game shows. Or MTV hopes they do because that’s what they have lined up to air on weekdays at 4:30 p.m.
This show actually sounds like a lot of fun, as it’s set up as a surprise to students. If my memory of school-life is accurate (and relevant), oftentimes when a substitute teacher shows up to fill in while the normal teacher is out sick, the regular lesson plan is put on hold for the day. In the case of MTV’s new gameshow The Substitute, students will be surprised to learn that their substitute teacher isn’t actually a teacher and that they’ll be given a chance to win cash in exchange for competing in trivia questions and “interactive challenges."
There are four rounds and here’s how MTV broke them down:
Round One: “Things You Should Know:” Trivia questions that focus on academics, subjects such as history, math, literature and politics. At the end of this round, there are 10 finalists left.
Whichever students win the fourth round go on to play for the cash, while the rest of the students watch on, serving as the audience.
MTV has comedian Jon Gabrus lined up to serve as the host, and hopefully make having a substitute a lot funnier and more entertaining than it might otherwise be for kids.
The Substitute premieres Monday, September 12th at 4:30 p.m. ET/PT and will air weekdays at 4:30 p.m.