Thursday, June 9, 2016
Lots of noise
The premise is simple. A contestant has to arrange ten numerical facts from bottom to top. The facts are trivia items from pop culture and general silliness. How many Thriller albums were sold in the U.S., how many portable toilets exist worldwide, etc. If all ten facts fall into the correct order, the contestant and the studio audience win cash and various goodies. Like groceries and a car and gift cards and who numerically knows what.
Donald Faison (of Scrubs, most notably) hosts in an unrestrained manner. In fact, everybody in sight lets loose with nonstop cheering, yelling and all-round happy happy joy joy. Even the announcer, comic Kira Soltanovich, gets loads of camera time to urge the contestants on to greater glory.
Which is my main problem with the show. Amid all the hooting and hollering, the actual gameplay proceeds at the pace of a sedate snail. It took a half-hour to get through one contestant and ten facts, which meant plenty of loud filler. But Winsanity is not a lot slower than Millionaire, after all. And it's more fun.
UPDATE: Winsanity produces decent but not sensational numbers by GSN's current standards. 501K and 416K viewers for the two eps, with 0.10 and 0.08 18-49 ratings.