BALLBREAKERS to Premiere July 18 on GSN
Hosted by Sal Masekela, Legendary Pool Shark Ewa Mataya Laurance Will Serve as
Adrianne Curry, Winner of the First 'America's Next Top Model' Will Serve as
the Series' 'Rack Girl'
Noah Wyle, Tia Carrere and Goren Visnjic to Join Series for Celebrity Episodes
Winner-Takes-All Format Offers a $20,000 Prize
SANTA MONICA, Calif., June 7 -- GSN, the network for games,
will premiere an exciting new billiards series BALLBREAKERS (formerly titled
No Limit 9 Ball) on Monday, July 18 (10:00-11:00 PM ET/PT) featuring amateur
pool sharks participating in winner-takes-all episodes for $20,000. Hosted by
Sal Masekela ("X Games"), the series will also include two celebrity episodes
featuring Tia Carrere ("Wayne's World"), Lou Diamond Phillips ("La Bamba"),
Camryn Manheim ("The Practice") and Eric Roberts ("Less Than Perfect") in one
and Noah Wyle and Goran Visnjic ("ER"), Dorian Harewood ("Roots") and Julie
McCullough ("Growing Pains") in another, all competing to earn money for their
Ewa Mataya Laurance, known as the "Striking Viking" in the billiard
industry, will provide commentary on game play and her expert advice on shots
if asked by players. Laurance has won all of the major events on the WPBA
Tour, including the World Championships, the US Open, the WPBA National
Championship as well as the European Championships. She is a member of the
Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame and serves as an ESPN Commentator
and is also a Brunswick Billiards spokesperson. Adrianne Curry, winner of the
first season of "America's Next Top Model," will serve as the series' "Rack
With four players per episode, each participant will begin with a
$5,000 "bankroll" to challenge their competition throughout the episode. A
player is eliminated when they have lost their entire bankroll. The player
who defeats the competition and leaves all of the other players broke will
walk away with $20,000.
Once a minimum challenge of $1,000 is made, two players will then play one
game of 9-ball for the minimum amount or more if they agree, while they and
the non-competing players engage in side betting on the current match. The
player who leaves his opponents penniless will have to combine billiard skill
with the guts to bet big on themselves and their ability to analyze the skills
of their opponents -- establishing themselves as the ultimate "hustler."
BALLBREAKERS is produced by SokoLobl Entertainment and executive produced
by Sam Sokolow, Rob Lobl, Michael Binkow and John Hermanson. The series was
created by Sokolow and Lobl. BALLBREAKERS is co-executive produced by Mars
Callahan, who co-wrote, directed and starred in the film "Pool Hall Junkies."
GSN, the Network for Games, is the only U.S. television network dedicated
to game-related programming and interactive game playing. The network
features game shows, reality series, documentaries, alternative sports
programs and casino games. As the industry leader in interactivity, GSN
features 84 hours per week of interactive programming, which allows viewers a
chance to win prizes by playing along with GSN's televised games via gsn.com.
Reaching 56 million Nielsen homes, GSN is distributed in the U.S. through all
major cable systems and satellite providers. The network is jointly owned by
Sony Pictures Entertainment and Liberty Media Corporation. For further media
information, visit GSN's press website at corp.gsn.com.
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