$1,000,000 Chance of a Lifetime
1 vs. 100
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"Play the Percentages"
To The Logical Extreme
Drew Carey and welcome to the…
Power of 10
AIR DATES: August 7, 2007 to January 23, 2008
CREATOR: Embassy Row
PACKAGER: Sony Pictures Television
HOST: Drew Carey
WATCH IT HERE: YouTube
NOW we're getting into big money territory.
CBS went all around the country and asked Americans a wide variety
of questions, from "In everyday life, are teenage boys or teenage
girls meaner?" to "Have you ever been decapitated?"
The votes were tallied and made into percentiles and contestants were
brought in to try to guess what percentage said so-and-so about said
questions. And the stakes? Not one million...not two million...but
TEN MILLION DOLLARS! To get that far, you didn't even have to get
it right on; you get close enough you could chose to leave a millionaire.
That's the "Power of 10"...and this was, for all intents
and purposes, Drew Carey's final audition to take over the reins of
"The Price Is Right" with Bob Barker exiting in 2008. If
he did well in THIS CBS show, he would take over the MAIN CBS show.
Obviously, it worked. But, while the show was interesting, the difficulty
to get the top prize (or even get CLOSE to it) was its downfall.
HOW WAS IT PLAYED?
Two contestants go face-to-face in a best-out-of-five match. The host
asks a question based on a nationwide poll and each contestant chooses
what percentage of those polled said the answer given. Whoever is
closer to the correct percentage gets a point. First to three points
gets to play for money.
The contestant is asked a question based on another poll. They are
given a 41% "range" (such as from 0% to 40%) to work with
and is asked to put said range where they feel the right percentage
of Americans answered the question. They can put it at a certain amount
at first and, after seeing how the studio audience votes and/or how
a friend or family member they brought feels, they can adjust the
range before locking in. Once locked, the range cannot be moved. If
the correct percentage is within the range, the contestant gets $1000
in their bank.
The second question has a 31% range for a different question, the
third a 21% range and the fourth an 11% range. Getting each one right
multiplies the bank by ten ($10,000 to $100,000 to $1,000,000). Getting
any answer wrong ends the game and the bank is DIVIDED by ten (if
they miss one of the first two questions, they get nothing). They
can choose to quit at any time BEFORE locking in an answer (just like
If the contestant gets the range of the fourth question right, the
final question for $10,000,000 is to pick which of the 11 percentages
in the range is the EXACT percentage answer to that question. Again,
they can quit with the $1,000,000 already in the bank BEFORE locking
their answer in. If they lock it in and get it right, they leave with
$10 million; otherwise, they leave with $100,000.
The set seemed very much like a mix between what "Millionaire"
is now and what it was in the beginning. A couple of monitors, a large
screen to show the amount in play and the audience votes, said audience
surrounding the host and contestant. It did have a "big money"
feel to it without being TOO ostentatious.
We ALL knew this was a "dry run" for Drew Carey on CBS.
The higher-ups wanted to see how he reacts with regular people instead
of celebrities as he did on "Whose Line Is It Anyway?".
Not sure what the heck happened between this show and when he started
hosting "Price is Right"; he did a pretty good job here.
He kept the tension JUST right and reveled in the contestants' victories
almost as much as the contestants did. Where did that go once he took
WHAT DIDN'T WORK?
To even get to ONE million was hard as hell. I know that was the point;
"Millionaire" wouldn't be half as riveting if it was dirt-easy
to get that seven-figure check. But it seemed obvious that those on
this show weren't as sharp as "Millionaire" contestants.
Many of the contestants couldn't get past the third question...and,
of the few that did, only ONE got the one million...and he was the
VERY FIRST CONTESTANT! If you can't follow up that with at least another
$1M winner, you KNOW you flamed out too fast.
And I'm all for different takes on "Family Feud" and, while
this was the most interesting take on it, it's what MADE the questions
the most difficult. And, much like the "Ask the Audience"
on "Millionaire", those polls of the audience and NOT the
best at helping out, even if they ARE limitless. Bottom line is this
show was really all luck...and hardly anyone was lucky enough to make
a dent in CBS' wallet.
It's nitpicking, I know, but that display with the "magnifying
glass" look at the percentages got a bit annoying after a while.
WOULD IT WORK TODAY?
Many different countries had their own versions of the show; that's
something you normally see in a UK-based show, not a US-based show.
However, none of them lasted too long; only Vietnam's version got
two years out of it. So, yeah, another "nice try". Though
I wish it could be brought back so Drew can get his charisma back
so he can stop faking it.
NEXT TIME: WELCOME TO...GAME SHOW...IS...JERICHO-O-O-O!
Chris Wolvie would be happy with the power of 1/1000 of what Drew
seems to have lately. Follow him on Twitter @ChrisWolvie
and e-mail him at email@example.com.