Another network game show in the works
Wetten das...? has dominated German airwaves for two decades. The broadcast is part musical variety show and part game show. In the game show portion, a person says that they can do some wacky stunt. Celebrity guests than take bets on whether or not the person can actually accomplish the stunt. If the celebrity loses the bet, than he or she has do something equally wacky.
The US version may minimize the musical numbers, and nix the celebs - replacing them with contestants betting real money on whether or not someone can pull off the stunt. This ups the cash prize possibilities for the show. The producers have said that they wish to emphasize the gambling and let the "variety" element come for the stunts themselves. I hope that the guests devise their own stunts without the help of the show's producers. The last thing we need on TV is more people ingesting monkey penises for money.