One (maybe the only one) benefit to being home and recuperating from back surgery is the opportunity to stay up an hour more until 11 p.m.
That's afforded me the chance to watch the History Channel's new reality game "Hot Shot." This program airs original 60-minute episodes at 10 p.m., Sunday with at least one repeat at 10 p.m., Tuesday.
Very clearly done the format pits two teams (Red and Blue) of highly skilled shooters against each other, complete with elimination rounds for the team that fails to win the team challenge.
What makes the story line unique is that all of the shooters must compete using a variety of weaponry including not just rifles and handguns but longbow, crossbows and other tools.
That mean a pistol expert better learn how to fire a rifle in the manner of a sniper while an expert long-range rifleman has to learn - and quickly - shoot as many arrows as possible within a 30-second time frame.
It's also often cool that when a target is busted that the remnants explodes into a plume of colorful smoke.
With elements similar to "Survivor" - the granddaddy of reality shows, "Top Shot" forms an intrigue of strategy, alliances and various other elements. In fact, the host of "Hot Shot" is three-time "Survivor" contestant, Colby Donaldson.
"Top Shot" really is an interesting watch for anyone who enjoys shooting.
- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn