UMaine battles Northeastern in NESN reality show

Posted Sept. 03, 2011, at 1:46 a.m.

A team of three University of Maine students star in the new reality game show, “Schooled,” which will debut at 11 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, on New England Sports Network.

“Schooled,” hosted by comedian Michael Showalter, is a battle of brainpower, pitting college against college within New England.

UMaine will host a viewing party at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Memorial Union. A pre-showing of the episode is scheduled for 8 p.m. and the contestants will be there to talk about the experience.

UMaine goes up against Northeastern University in the first episode. The game, which consists of three challenges, takes place on the Northeastern University campus.

Other competitors in the reality show are from Boston College, Boston University, University of Vermont, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, University of Connecticut and Providence College. Each are represented by three students.

In March, show producers and directors visited each school to conduct filmed interviews with students and administer multiple choice tests of their knowledge. Sophomore Whitneigh Kinne of North Yarmouth, recent graduate Sam Green of Cumberland and senior Christina Swan of Kennebunkport were chosen for the UMaine team.

“It’s not just a game,” said Kinne. “You definitely get to know through the show about who all the cast members are and how well they work with other cast members, or how well they don’t work with other cast members, in some cases. We were three people at UMaine that would have never met each other on campus, and by the end of the taping, we were one big family.”

The competition will resemble a sports tournament, with each episode representing one game between two colleges. The tournament is sudden death, and the winning teams move through a tournament-style bracket until the final episode.

The winning team will receive $5,000 and each member will be awarded a Motorola Atrix phone, luxury box tickets to a Boston Red Sox game and bragging rights, said Kinne, though the prizes might change.

“We haven’t seen [the episode] yet,” said Kinne. “The thing is, for us, everything happened so quick. Before we knew it, we were already done. I don’t know what they’re going to show and what we’re about to watch.”

For information, visit nesn.com.

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