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Old 12-20-10, 03:38 PM
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Million Dollar Money Drop -- New Game Show with Kevin Pollak -- Premieres 12/20/10

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By djariya at 2010-12-20

What this damn thing is about:


MILLION DOLLAR MONEY DROP is the ultimate high-stakes game show that gives a team $1 million in cold, hard cash and all they have to do to keep it is correctly answer seven multiple-choice questions. The duo is given their prize money at the start of the game, and it's up to them to keep this life-changing cash. Once the question is revealed, the duo must debate and decide the answer - or answers - on which they will risk all of their money. When time is up and they have allocated all of their money, the team must step up to the drop to find out if their choices were right or wrong. In a dramatic reveal, the duo sees any cash placed on wrong answers disappear through the money drop below. As the game progresses, the questions get harder and the answers become fewer but after seven questions whatever cash - if any - is left on the table is theirs to keep.
Preview:

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Anyone going to check this out? I know most of you loathe game shows, but I figured it was at least worth a mention here. at Kevin Pollak for taking a game show hosting gig.

FYI, it's 2 Hours Tonight on FOX.
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Re: Million Dollar Money -- New Game Show Hosted by Kevin Pollak -- Premieres 12/20/

I might be down for it just for Pollak.
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Re: Million Dollar Money -- New Game Show Hosted by Kevin Pollak -- Premieres 12/20/

Hopefully this turns out better for Pollak than that Little Genius show.
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Re: Million Dollar Money -- New Game Show Hosted by Kevin Pollak -- Premieres 12/20/

I just realized I forgot to put the word "Drop" in the title of the thread.

Jadzia: If you happen to read this thread, can please add the word "Drop" in the title please?

Thanks
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Re: Million Dollar Money -- New Game Show Hosted by Kevin Pollak -- Premieres 12/20/

For slick over produced game shows where you really don't have to know much to win, it's pretty decent. It doesn't hurt that they got a cute couple for the first episode. Pollak is solid, but I thought he'd add more humor to the proceedings.

I bet the tension of watching a million dollars disappear in front of your eyes does a number on your heart.
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Re: Million Dollar Money -- New Game Show Hosted by Kevin Pollak -- Premieres 12/20/

Not a bad show. Using couples as contestants is a good idea, as it yields situations where the couples doubt and second-guess one another. My one complaint is not enough Pollak.
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Re: Million Dollar Money -- New Game Show Hosted by Kevin Pollak -- Premieres 12/20/

They messed up one of the questions!

The Post-It Note was introduced in 1977, but didn't sell well as it hadn't been used before. It was re-introduced in 1980, but since 3M recognizes 1980 as the official debut date, I guess the question is technically correct. But it was sold before 1979.
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Re: Million Dollar Money -- New Game Show Hosted by Kevin Pollak -- Premieres 12/20/

Originally Posted by TheKing View Post
They messed up one of the questions!

The Post-It Note was introduced in 1977, but didn't sell well as it hadn't been used before. It was re-introduced in 1980, but since 3M recognizes 1980 as the official debut date, I guess the question is technically correct. But it was sold before 1979.
The question included the phrase "sold in stores".
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Re: Million Dollar Money -- New Game Show Hosted by Kevin Pollak -- Premieres 12/20/

Originally Posted by MrSmearkase View Post
Not a bad show. Using couples as contestants is a good idea, as it yields situations where the couples doubt and second-guess one another. My one complaint is not enough Pollak.
He talked a little bit about the show on his chat show podcast (worth checking out if you haven't). I think he talked about this issue a little.
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Re: Million Dollar Money -- New Game Show Hosted by Kevin Pollak -- Premieres 12/20/

Originally Posted by Count Dooku View Post
The question included the phrase "sold in stores".
Right, that's why the question was messed up. The Post-It was sold in stores in '77, but they didn't sell well so they were pulled and re-introduced in '80.
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Re: Million Dollar Money -- New Game Show Hosted by Kevin Pollak -- Premieres 12/20/

I missed the first episode, but I'm watching tonight's. Man, this couple is dumb.
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Re: Million Dollar Money -- New Game Show Hosted by Kevin Pollak -- Premieres 12/20/

I saw both of last night's episodes, but didn't watch tonight. It was a pretty good concept, but there were too many commercial breaks and "suspense-building" like on "Deal or No Deal." Seems like they could pick up the pace a little and easily fit it into 30 minutes.
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I'm pretty sure the couple from Monday night's second episode (the white couple) will end up getting a divorce.

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Re: Million Dollar Money -- New Game Show Hosted by Kevin Pollak -- Premieres 12/20/

Originally Posted by JasonF View Post
I missed the first episode, but I'm watching tonight's. Man, this couple is dumb.
Tuesday's couple wasn't that dumb, -they only blew one answer (they just put a large amount on it). Also, they made a couple of intuitive last minute changes that saved their bacon. Really, I don't know that I'd do better...
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Re: Million Dollar Money -- New Game Show Hosted by Kevin Pollak -- Premieres 12/20/

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Right, that's why the question was messed up. The Post-It was sold in stores in '77, but they didn't sell well so they were pulled and re-introduced in '80.
A little searching finds reference after reference to the Post-Its being introduced in 1980 and articles about the 30th anniversary, but a little reading finds reference to the test marketing in 1977.

Those people lost $800,000 on that question.

Since you spotted this discrepancy right away, I'm guessing someone will tell that couple about it.

That's a pretty big fuck-up on something that should be simple, but then what else would I expect from FOX.
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re: Million Dollar Money Drop -- New Game Show with Kevin Pollak -- Premieres 12/20/10

Updated the thread title, but had to drop the hosting info to fit Drop in there - it was too long otherwise.


I have been amazed at how stupid these people are. They didn't know aspirin was older than Band-Aids?
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Re: Million Dollar Money Drop -- New Game Show with Kevin Pollak -- Premieres 12/20/1



Where do they get these people?

Pollak is pretty decent host. BTW, the show returns January 4th after tomorrow night's 2 hour finale.

Ratings haven't been great, but steady. Last night for a 2.0 in the demos.
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Re: Million Dollar Money Drop -- New Game Show with Kevin Pollak -- Premieres 12/20/1

for some reason this reminds me of Gold Case, a fictional gameshow Kenneth on 30 Rock came up with.
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Re: Million Dollar Money Drop -- New Game Show with Kevin Pollak -- Premieres 12/20/1

The controversy surrounding a couple's recent $800,000 wrong answer on the reality show “Million Dollar Money Drop” is without merit, says the show's Executive Producer Jeff Apploff

Apploff stood by the show's determination that the Post-It answer was wrong.

In a statement he said: “The integrity of the questions and answers on our show are our No. 1 priority. In this case, our research team spoke directly with 3M, and they confirmed that although they had given out free samples in test markets in 1977 and 1978, it wasn’t until 1980 that Post-Its were sold in stores.

“’MILLION DOLLAR MONEY DROP’ stands behind the answer that was revealed on the show,” he said.
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Re: Million Dollar Money -- New Game Show Hosted by Kevin Pollak -- Premieres 12/20/

Originally Posted by Quatermass View Post
there were too many commercial breaks and "suspense-building" like on "Deal or No Deal." Seems like they could pick up the pace a little and easily fit it into 30 minutes.
Spoiler:
I'm pretty sure the couple from Monday night's second episode (the white couple) will end up getting a divorce.
Totally. They drag it out for far too long.
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Re: Million Dollar Money Drop -- New Game Show with Kevin Pollak -- Premieres 12/20/1

Something about the contestants seem off, their reactions are a little too over the top and theatrical, even for a game show.

And an entire hour to answer seven questions is ABSURD.
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Re: Million Dollar Money Drop -- New Game Show with Kevin Pollak -- Premieres 12/20/1

I agree with everyone's complaints, but I was surprisingly entertained by the concept and found myself thinking "Where would I put the money" throughout the show. I also remember wondering if producers supply free alcohol and drugs for contestants beforehand. They certainly want characters, or caricatures, though I didn't mind the craziness of last night's MILF.

Also, I can't even begin to imagine watching this, or practically every other game show on cable TV, without using a DVR. I think it took me between 20 and 25 minutes to watch last night's show.
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Re: Million Dollar Money Drop -- New Game Show with Kevin Pollak -- Premieres 12/20/1

Originally Posted by Charlie Goose View Post
Something about the contestants seem off, their reactions are a little too over the top and theatrical, even for a game show.

And an entire hour to answer seven questions is ABSURD.
I only saw the first episode, but I have seen people do crazy stuff just playing video games. I can image putting huge stacks of cash in front of them would elicit even more extreme behavior.
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Re: Million Dollar Money Drop -- New Game Show with Kevin Pollak -- Premieres 12/20/1

I also watch via DVR, which makes it much more entertaining (by skipping the filler).

Its funny to me that there are several game shows, -network and syndicated, -that can be packaged in half-hours and move rather quickly ("Jeopardy", for example)while Prime-time Network Game Shows seem to demand hour-long slots with lots of added dramatic padding.

"A Minute To Win It" moved pretty well at first and I enjoyed it. After the first bunch of episodes they began tinkering with the format so that there was only one contesent (or set of contestants) per hour which killed the game for me since you knew that the contestant won every stunt until whatever transpired in the last ten minutes. They also added a sentimental "Story Angle" with each contestant.
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Re: Million Dollar Money Drop -- New Game Show with Kevin Pollak -- Premieres 12/20/1

To answer 6 or seven questions, they need a full hour?
Jeopardy does 61 questions (usually) in less than half an hour. More like 20 minutes.
I actually enjoy game shows, but this one seemed to fall flat for me. I really miss 1 vs 100 and Identity and hope they come back at some point.
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Re: Million Dollar Money Drop -- New Game Show with Kevin Pollak -- Premieres 12/20/1

Originally Posted by jjcool View Post
To answer 6 or seven questions, they need a full hour?
Jeopardy does 61 questions (usually) in less than half an hour. More like 20 minutes.
I actually enjoy game shows, but this one seemed to fall flat for me. I really miss 1 vs 100 and Identity and hope they come back at some point.
A new version of "1 vs 100" is currently running on GSN.

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