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DESCRIPTION: (from VH1's web site) VH1 and Entertainment Weekly are putting the country's pop culture savvy to the test with the new original series "The World Series of Pop Culture," presented by Alltel Wireless. From the executive producer of "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire," "The World Series of Pop Culture" is the ultimate pop culture tournament designed for teams to show off their astounding range of knowledge about everything music, television and film. Hosted by NY1 News anchor Pat Kiernan and Inside Edition correspondent Lisa Guerrero, "The World Series of Pop Culture" premieres on VH1 July 10th at 10pm ET. New episodes air July 10th through 14th at 10pm ET, with the competition continuing the following weeks on Thursdays at 10pm ET, beginning July 20th. Thousands auditioned, but only 15 teams of three players each were chosen in five regional competitions-in Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago, Atlanta and New York. The 16th and final team was cast online, where budding contestants qualified by taking VH1's very own "Pop Culture IQ Test." Three of the top scorers from the online PCIQ test joined forces to become the final "wildcard" team in the tournament. The 16 teams faced off in New York City at the historic Ziegfeld Theater, where two teams went head to head in each match, each vying to move on to the next round of competition. Here's how the game is played: Once the first category is revealed, the two teams have 30 seconds to deliberate before sending a teammate to the microphone to play for that entire category. The chosen players each get one question per round, and each category contains three rounds of questions of increasing difficulty. If a player can't provide the right answer, his or her opponent gets the opportunity to steal. At the end of each category, the player who gets the fewest questions correct is eliminated from the game. In the event of a tie, a tiebreaker question determines who remains in the competition and who gets knocked out. The first team to beat its opponents in three categories, eliminating all three of their players, wins and moves on to the next round. In the very end, one team will be crowned the champions of "The World Series of Pop Culture," taking home $250,000 in cash, provided by Alltel Wireless.