Sunday, September 25, 2016
TPiR thanks Millionaire
The practice dates back to at least the early 1950s, when Messrs. Goodson and Todman decided to rip off their own What's My Line with I've Got a Secret. The two shows eventually diverged quite a bit but started out as near clones.
The latest borrowing happened on The Price is Right this week with their new pricing game, "Hot Seat." Even the name comes from Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, though the (figuratively) heated chair has long since disappeared from the current syndie.
Sure enough, the game features a money tree - well, actually a money thermometer (see the screenshot) - and if the contestant goofs anywhere on the way up, all the money goes away. I'll spoil the suspense by revealing that the happy player on the first run made it all the way to the top prize of 20 grand. Maybe they could have called it "Who Wants to Be a Twenty Thousandaire."
To climb the tree you simply have to guess if a dollar amount is above or below the price of a piece of merchandise. Five correct guesses and you're at the top of the tree, er, thermometer. It's a lot shorter trip than Millionaire. The YouTube comments are mostly favorable, if you want to know.