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Show Me The Money disappoints in premiere

by Brett Love, posted Nov 15th 2006 4:02PM
William ShatnerLast night ABC kicked off their new game show Show Me The Money in the best time slot they had available, following the finals competition of Dancing with the Stars. While nobody expected the game show to hold on to all of that DWTS audience, how little of it they managed to keep has to be a disappointment. Fast nationals for the night have Show Me The Money losing more than 14 million viewers from the lead-in. That is over half the audience.

I managed to make it through about 45 minutes before switching over to an episode of Beyond The Break that the Tivo recorded for me. It's not that it is a horrible show. It's just not a particularly good show. The trivia questions were good, and Shatner is Shatner. If you like him, he's good in this. But the show suffers from the same problems as Deal Or No Deal and 1 vs. 100. To start, it is just mind numbingly slow. There are so many pauses to try and manufacture suspense, and endless repetition of the rules that it becomes boring. There is also nothing to really keep you coming back once you have seen the show the first time. The trivia could be a hook, but the slowness means that there just aren't enough questions to make it worth the time. If this is the replacement for Dancing with the Stars, there should be a couple slots opening up in the top twenty very soon.

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I thought the show was fun. I thought Shatner was in his element and I think that it will catch on because it's essentially soft porn for the goodnight set or the midlife crisis set.

I think Shatner sure knows how to make drama out of thin air. It's Captain Kirk with dancing girls! Better than anything you could find in a holodeck!

November 23 2006 at 4:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I hope that Deal or No Deal's producers didn't watch this show, because they'd sue the Show Me The Money producers for copying the models approach or the big money approach. Think of the Pussycat Dolls and Deal or No Deal clashed together, only they'd be dancing. And I have yet to see someone win a million dollars on Deal or No Deal, yet someone won $590,000 on Show Me the Money. On Deal, I've seen people win only $100,000 or $200,000 yet take the deal too early. Show's pace isn't as slow as 1 vs 100, but you've got to understand that this is the 3rd Endemol USA produced show and their shows are always the same monotonous pace. How is Endemol going to handle three game shows at once on 2 networks? And I thought that the audience watching Dancing with the Stars would watch Show, have two shows in the top 5 or top 10, not a 14 million viewership drop. Now it's like 1st and 54th the way it will look in the ratings. Show is okay, but William Shatner needs to get better at it. I'll say this, Show Me the Money has a catchier theme song than the lame theme songs of DOND or 1 vs. 100! I can't get it off my head--they need to release it as a single if it's 3 minutes or so! But I don't see this game show lasting--right now, Deal or No Deal is what people are more comfortable with seeing.

November 18 2006 at 7:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm endelessly bothered by game shows that imitate instead of innovate. Show Me The Money was a mindless, over-produced, TACKY show that's only purpose was to bank off the success of DoND.

Had it not been for an old friend from college being their first contestant, I would've abondoned the show in the first 20 minutes.

This re-popularity of game shows is consistantly circular, but ultimately unsatisflying. So I'll hold breath for GSN to have a creative energy burst.. or maybe the new King World shows for 2007 will prove me wrong.

November 15 2006 at 10:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It's the best gameshow on TV right now.

Deal or No Deal is slower than dirt, and 1 vs 100 is slow, but faster than DoND. My main problem with the show is you can change the question 3 times each and Shatner isn't shown dancing enough.

November 15 2006 at 5:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Putting the dancerettes in booths so high up on the upper rack made me think that kids in TV land could almsot see Heaven...

Oh. Shatner, fun. Contestants, dumb as a stump.

November 15 2006 at 5:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tim Goral

"I managed to make it through about 45 minutes before switching over to an episode of Beyond The Break that the Tivo recorded for me."

Wow. That's 30 minutes longer than I could watch. I agree the pace of this show is way too slow. It might be different if the questions were actually difficult, but what I saw wasn't at all challenging.
Like the first contestant kept saying: "I'll pass."

November 15 2006 at 4:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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