While ABC has done a bang up job of reviving old tried and true favorite TV game shows like To Tell the Truth, Match Game and Pyramid, NBC continues to try it’s luck on new, bigger-than-life productions that will appeal to the masses in the short term and will more than likely fade from our memory just as quickly.
The latest is a game of chance simply called The Wall which is essentially an over-sized plinko board where deserving teams of two answer a series of questions which are followed by the bouncing balls. Simply, if the couple gets the answer right, the white ball turns green and the couple will receive the money that is listed on the slots that the ball goes down to. If they get the answer wrong, the ball will turn red and their total will be deducted from where the balls land.
With stakes promising up to $12 million dollars, we get to see the couple’s winning total go and down numerous times throughout the show. Halfway through the show, the couple is split up and each have to work independently from each other. Then, regardless of their total near the end of the show, one of the contestants is given a check with a large amount which might be higher or lower that the couple have actually achieved. Then that contestant has to decide whether or not to accept the offer. Couples have the potential of leaving the show very rich, leaving with absolute nothing or somewhere in between.
|Contestants Chris and Katie. (NBC)|
If you were a fan of Deal or No Deal, which also relied a lot on chance, then this could be your next favorite show. If however you found that show to be tedious to watch, you’ll experience that same sentiment here as well. One plus here though, there are no beauties parading around with suitcases pretending to be excited or disappointed by the player’s guesses. Hardwick more than makes up for that. It is nice that the show actively seeks people who could really use the prize money though.
Having had two previews already, The Wall actually debuts tonight and will continue on Tuesday nights at 8:00 p.m. on NBC.