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#1 Posted on 21.12.06 0710.07
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Is anybody watching this?

I like Penn Gillette and he is making this show somewhat bearable, but it takes so long! I thought there might be a lot more deception to the show, but not so much.

I was upset at a seeming rule change during Tuesday show. The idea is that you can miss one and still keep going. The guy that's playing gets the first ten correct, leaving two people standing there. Obviously, he's won, I think. No, you now lose your free miss and must get the last two correct. Boo on you.

The concept is pretty good, Penn is good, but it's not riveting television.

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#2 Posted on 21.12.06 0930.07
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    Originally posted by pieman
    Is anybody watching this?

    I like Penn Gillette and he is making this show somewhat bearable, but it takes so long! I thought there might be a lot more deception to the show, but not so much.

    I was upset at a seeming rule change during Tuesday show. The idea is that you can miss one and still keep going. The guy that's playing gets the first ten correct, leaving two people standing there. Obviously, he's won, I think. No, you now lose your free miss and must get the last two correct. Boo on you.

    The concept is pretty good, Penn is good, but it's not riveting television.



I caught this for the first time last night, and I absolutely agree that Penn Jilette makes it watchable. It's one thing to drag out certain moments in a game show to inflate the element of suspense and create dramatic tension, but with this particular premise it causes it to drag quite a bit and the show never seems to attain any sense of flow or momentum. Then again, I felt (and still feel) the same way about "Deal or No Deal," so I'm not a good indicator for a show's potential popularity.

In short, it's one of those shows that I won't mind watching if nothing's taking priority and I happen to come across it, but I can't say I'd ever go out of my way to watch it.
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#3 Posted on 22.12.06 1811.00
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It's sort of interesting, but in the end it comes down too much to "did the producers pick this person to be an easy get, or to be a tricky red herring"? Because, let's face it, for just about any description there will be people who match what you're expecting and people who don't (or who at least match it less closely), and that's not getting into how the people are dressed.

I agree with Pieman about the down-to-two rule. I also thought the guy on Tuesday had already won--I said as much to my fiancee. "He can't lose--if he picks the wrong one, he gets his "Mistaken Identity" and then picks the other way." I understand that they want to draw out the drama, but it's an inherent flaw in the game, made worse because they didn't make the exception clear to the audience ahead of time. At a minimum, they should have explained the rule from the outset, AND they should give the player *something* in exchange for this lifeline now being nullified. (They could make it that if you go for the last one with your Mistaken Identity intact, and you miss it, you get to keep some or all of the money you've earned up to that point, but can't go again. Or they could turn it into some other "help", like you get to hear the two remaining people talk or learn their names or something.)

Also, the reveals take way too long, and the responses from the strangers are too cutesy.

I watched a couple of these, because I'm a big game show guy, but with all the reruns this week I've still only mostly caught bits and pieces of the others. I don't see this as having any staying power. Too bad, because, I too like Penn.
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#4 Posted on 23.12.06 0547.20
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There's always room for rule changes, since if you look what 1v100 did after their fifth show or so (once they were renewed), there were changes to the money tree and what the One had to do in order to quit.

I'd get rid of the cutesy exchanges, as Peter said, and just do a right or wrong indication (i.e. Millionaire).
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