NBC rolled out Monday night The wheel, his version of the UK game show created by host Michael McIntyre. Will you keep watching the run for 10 consecutive days of the week?
Runs Monday through Friday this week and next NBC’s The wheel will also be moderated by McIntyre, who can best be described as a slightly more outspoken, more upfront James Corden…?
The title wheel has six celebs (as opposed to seven across the pond) sitting around its perimeter, each boasting a category of expertise (e.g. Steve Kornacki/Politics, Amber Ruffin/Late Night Hosts , Christina Ricci/Classic Films…).
A secondary wheel, located on the level below, seats three potential contestants who are randomly selected to advance to the play area. When a player arrives, they select one of the six categories and their “expert” celebrity is bathed in golden light. But before The Wheel spins, the player also chooses a celebrity (which is presumably a dunce on the respective topic) “turned off”/dipped in red.
As The Wheel spins, celebs dance/fidget in their seats and/or “sing along” to the theme, while McIntyre playfully uses “Body English” to nudge the selector arrow toward “Gold” or away from “Red.” (Though it’s all theatre, of course.)
If The Wheel lands on “Red”, the contestant loses their turn and is sent back down, and again one of the three players is randomly chosen to play. (That is, as it happened tonight, Sam got two chances in a row and ended up amassing a nice bank.)
If The Wheel lands on the “Gold” expert, a correctly agreed answer to a multiple choice question adds $10,000 to the bank; If the player works with someone else, the value is $5,000.
A correct answer clears that category, and once all six are cleared, there’s a final “deposit” question to claim the bank’s total. The contestant who happens to be playing at this point can team up with the celebrity who has answered BEST all night (on their personal keyboard) and hope for only half the bank…pick the celebrity who has answered all night scored WORST and hunt double Totally bank…or go MIDDLE with the celeb and just get the whole bank. Which introduces a fun bit of strategy.
(You didn’t see it on Monday night, but if the first player to ask a “cash in” question answers incorrectly, they’re sent back down, and again a contestant is randomly chosen to come out on top . That means that, theoretically, someone who didn’t top the bank could finally be picked and just be a right answer to claim payday. Which… seems kinda crappy?)
I’m cynical about game show wheels that aren’t actually turned by physics (e.g. Fox’s Long-MIA spin the wheel), but from a computer. And of course, the “random” selection of contestants I observed both nights managed to get all three some playing time. This is also one of those over-produced primetime game shows where, like The hunt, they juuuuust make us wait a bit too long for the selected answer to be marked as correct or incorrect. Attention everyone! Her father who wants to be a millionaire offered livelier gameplay and didn’t overdo that wait time.
I’m admittedly completely unfamiliar with the UK The wheelwhich I know many of you know well. Rate NBC’s participation in the poll below, and provide additional input in the comments!
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