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Local women turn DIY project into quirky game show

Claire Buss and Kat O'Hara are stealing the spotlight with their quirky, albeit elaborate, take on old television game shows. From how their idea was conceived, what goes into making the eye-catching sets, and where the project is heading, reporter and anchor Michelle Esteban introduces the talented women in a special segment that airs Tuesday at 6 p.m.

SEATTLE -- It all started with two creative women, one wild idea, and a do-it-yourself project in their North Seattle living room.

Claire Buss and Kat O'Hara are stealing the spotlight with their quirky, albeit elaborate, take on old television game shows.

Reporter and anchor Michelle Esteban recently met the two creative geniuses behind a live game show that's sweeping the city.

"The Future is O" is a live game show filmed in front of an audience. Contestants are pitted against each other, sometimes in silly situations.

It's all a hat tip to game shows from decades past, using Americana to create a time capsule-like environment for both contestants and audience members.

"It was kind of half party, half art experiments, half show, and as we kept doing it, we did one, and realized there's a 1000 ways we could do it better," Buss says.

Alongside Buss, O'Hara helps breathe life into the show as executive producer.

"Basically taking the confines of reality, and time, and money, and figuring out how to make Claire's dreams come true," O'Hara tells Esteban.

Buss and O'Hara take a hands-on approach to every element of the show. They brainstorm, build, perform, coordinate, and even edit the show themselves. They're blurring the boundaries of reality and television, and breaking stereotypes in genre and gender.

It's exhausting, but rewarding, with two shows of "The Future is 0" recently performed over the weekend at the Northwest Film Forum.

From how their idea was conceived, what goes into making the eye-catching sets, and where the project is heading, Esteban introduces the talented women in a special segment that airs Tuesday at 6 p.m.

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