Tuesday, June 13, 2017
This means that the grizzled veterans of the game show wars usually don't like it when a show piles on prize money to garner better ratings. To some extent I can understand the objection. If a show's gameplay stinks, jacking up the prize budget isn't going to help much. Some of my favorite game shows, from I've Got a Secret to Cash Cab, played for small stakes.
But if a show has an okay format, doling out a few more bucks isn't necessarily a terrible thing. The reason for all these deep thoughts is news of a possible two-million-plus payout on the upcoming season of The Wall. Sure enough, a teaser shows the large amount (see screenshot). Since this has always been a big money show, the outsized prize doesn't seem so out of place.
Even Wikipedia notes that The Wall is a Plinko ripoff, though they also quote a critic who more or less forgives such borrowings in game shows. At least NBC isn't making a cheap ripoff.