In recent times, several opportunities have presented themselves through reality television and reality competition. Almost every aspect of human endeavor has been explored including cooking, entrepreneurship, baking, crafting, dancing, sports, singing, modeling just to mention a few. Holey Moley is a sports-oriented reality competition created by Chris Culvenor and airs on ABC. It is directed by Alex Van Wagner and is produced by Unanimous Media and Eureka Productions.
Holey Moley Cast Members
Holey Moley is not the regular kind of reality TV series and as such many things about it are different. Much like Fear Factor, each episode of the show has new contestants/competitors, thus there are no regular cast members per se. However, on ABC’s official webpage of the show, those referred to as the cast of Holey Moley are its presenters.
The presenters of the show are; comedian and actor Rob Riggle who does color commentary. Riggle is known for his roles in The Hangover, The Other Guys, and Let’s Be Cops. He has been a cast member on SNL and a correspondent on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show.
Another co-host of the show is Joe Tessitore who is an ESPN and ABC sportscaster who serves on Monday Night Football as the play-by-play commentator. He has twice been named as a finalist for Sports Media Person of the Year by Sports Illustrated.
“The Real” co-host and fashion expert Jeannie Mai is the sideline correspondent on Holey Moley. In addition to The Real, Mai rose to fame as part of the Style Network show, How Do I Look? Rounding up the 4 hosts of Holey Moley is basketball superstar, Steph Curry who is renowned for leading the Golden State Warriors to three NBA Championship titles.
Each episode of Holey Moley features 12 contestants. From episode one of the first season to episode 10 finale the following contestants have emerged as winners in respective order – Holly Fine emerging, Jimmy Ruiz, Nick Brucker, Mick Cullen, Dianne Cullen, Colin McCarthy, Jeffrey Barber, Mollie Peterson, Malcolm Kelner, and Steve Kristof. They are all regular American citizens.
The filming took place in Sable Ranch at Canyon Country, Santa Clarita. This same location was used for another obstacle game show called Wipeout. The filming was done on April 3rd – 5th and 8th – 11th 2019. The obstacles and golf course were built by the ATS Team on the ranch.
Here Are Some Facts About The TV Show
1. The Show Course Design
The show features 12 contestants competing head-to-head in different matchups on the miniature golf obstacle course. There are ten supersized themed holes which include; Dutch Courage, Caddysmact, Arc de Trigolf, Tee’d Off, Sweet Spot, Surf OR Turf, Slip N’ Putt, Log Roll, The Distractor, and Mt. Holey Moley.
The winners from the first round move on to the next round and only 3 contestants will make it to the third and final round. In the final round, they compete on the ‘Mt. Holey Moley’s hole in a 3-way contest after which a winner emerges. The winner gets a ‘Holey Moley’ plaid jacket, a $25,000 grand prize, and “The Golden Putter” trophy.
2. Holey Moley Is Highly Competitive
Even though there are comic elements in the show, especially with the way the contestants are dressed, it is an actual and serious competition with a grand prize. When the show was going to start, ABC put out a casting call for a new game show seeking miniature golfers to compete against one another for a grand prize. The show also takes place in front of a live audience.
3. Amateurs Vs Pros
From the design of this game, one doesn’t need to be a professional golfer to excel at it. Any regular player of mini-golf understands that it takes some peculiar skills to become an expert and these skills don’t come to play in a regular golf game. The course has been designed as an equalizer on many levels and many professionals and well-seasoned golfers who have been contestants didn’t make it far in the competition. This has made the show very inclusive and fun to watch as underdogs who have shown resilience are winning out over professional athletes.
4. Holey Moley Has Been Successful
The show was a success from the very start. The premiere episode of the show which aired on the 20th of June 2019 narrowly missed out coming first in the overall rating for the night. With a total of 4.82 million viewership, ABC came second next to Fox. The show went ahead to hit ten million multi-platform viewers in three days. In October 2019, ABC ordered a second season despite the fact that the show just debuted in the previous summer.
5. Stephen Curry’s Involvement
Asides from being an executive producer and presenter, the NBA superstar also serves as the resident golf pro. According to co-host Rob Riggle, Curry is a big part of the show and weighed in on every aspect of the setup. Although he might not be able to be on the show all year round due to his already busy schedule, he will remain a big part of the show.