Fancy playing along yourself - it's based on the Aussie version but the concept is the same: http://www.geocities.com/dodgypa/deal.html
(WARNING - it's highly addictive!)
My son and I watched this show together last night - and we enjoyed it. I think perhaps because it was something new to watch, but I suspect it will get old fast, especially if they show it every night. That's what killed millionaire in my opinion. If it is on once a week, we will tune in -UNLESS it is up against one of my favorite reality shows (survivor or TAR or BB).
And you're right-it doesn't take much brains to understand that not taking the deal would be beneficial in which circumstances. This show is like playing the lottery, except that you are guaranteed-just about, most likely-to win a good amount of money.
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The last girl to play was the spitting image of Uma Thurman!!
I can see this show getting picked up for more episodes, but the audience will quickly tire of the same formula repeated over and over and over and over and over and .... etc. etc. etc.
Just once I wanted to see Howie Mandel pick up the phone and say "No, I'm NOT switching long distance companies! NO DEAL!" and then hanging up. Or another time to say "Yes, Dear, I won't forget to pick up some milk." Use your sense of humor, man! That would salvage the show from becoming too repetitive.
It was okay but I don't think I can watch too much of it. I saw the Indian version a few days ago but I didn't like it that much. The American one is okay.
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I didn't understand at first how this show could interest me without the normal trivia questions or physical tasks, and only the "take the money or keep trying" concept. But after getting into the odds/statistics aspect, I came to like it a little more.
But my problem with the show is its pacing. It takes too long for each contestant between choices of suitcases. Show the contestant, show the crowd, Howie speaks, show the family, show the crowd, then show the contestant, then Howie announces a commercial, come back from commercial with a full review of what has happened to this point, ask all the family's opinions on what to do, show the crowd one last time, then a drama delay from the contestant making the decision, then finally the choice. It wears out my patience to sit through the show and I really hope they speed it up. They only completed one contestant on the first episode I watched, and that is not enough for an hour of television.
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Ah yes. They chen-bots. I want my daughter to witness such role-models.
Basically, in too many cases, a player gets down the last few amounts, with one large amount left (although mind you, even 50K can see "large" if the other amounts left are 5K or less), and the endgame is predictibly 1/4 chance, 1/3 chance, 50% chance.
What we only saw once or twice, I think, was an endgame with only large amounts--which creates an entirely different dynamic. In that lone case does the reason behind the banker bribes take on a change--otherwise its simply a distraction until the bribe gets large enough that it can't be ignored.
Or for that matter, although I missed one night was there a time when someone's last large amount got yanked and they had to accept petty pity money from the bank? The closest I recall was the case where the player was STILL left with 50K on the screen, and even though the bribes got pitifully small, they played the endgame out with the same pattern as if 1m were still up there, but with smaller bribe offers.
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Good show. I watch the Italian version on RAI International.
They only have models for the Friday night show. The rest are all contestants. You have to answer a simple question and the winner gets to play. I find that the Italian host(singer) is funnier than Howie. Howie need to throw in a couple of jokes here and there and he'll be fine.