Saturday, September 12, 2015
Speaking of the contestants, they tend to be the down-to-earth types you would expect to buy tickets from a state lottery. Like the guy in the first game tonight, a Grizzly Adams sort from Maine who liked to hunt and fish. Which gives the show that blue-collar feel sought by political consultants in election ads.
But overlaying the blue-collar-ness is a massive blanket of Vegas glitz, with one of the ritziest-ditziest sets you'll see on any game show. The electronic whizbangery works pretty well, though, because it's based on that humblest of rainy day pastimes, a game of Monopoly.
Billy Gardell hosts agreeably, looking like a Pittsburgh Steelers fan (which he is) who got dressed up and wandered onto the set. The studio audience whoops it up emphatically because they get a cut of the loot. It's not the most challenging gameplay ever, but the show passes a half-hour pleasantly enough.