Remember how you got sucked into Deal or No Deal that time, and your sister’s husband came home and saw you and your sibling sitting nervously on the couch and made fun of you, but then when you told him what was happening, and he sat down, too? Well, prepare to feel that same inescapable pull (for at least one night), when Fox premieres its new game show Million Dollar Money Drop on Dec. 20. (It will air the next three night as well.) This time, the show gives a team of two contestants $1 million upfront and all they have to do to keep it is correctly answer seven multiple-choice questions (and tolerate host Kevin Pollack’s William Shatner impressions). How does it work? According to Fox, “Once the question is revealed, the duo must debate and decide the answer(s) on which they will risk all of their money. Are they confident enough to place all of their money on one answer? Or will the relentless pressure cause them play it safe and spread their money across a few answers?” The network’s sample question:
According to the Lenox Report, which of these is the most popular Thanksgiving side dish?
A. Mashed Potatoes
B. Green Bean Casserole
C. Cranberry Sauce
D. Candied Yams
Is that a trick question? Isn’t cranberry sauce more like a garnish than a side? LET THE BICKERING BEGIN!
“When time is up,” Fox says, “and they have allocated all of their money, the team must step up to the drop to find out if their choices were right or wrong. In a dramatic reveal [read: after a commercial], the duo sees any cash placed on wrong answers disappear through the money drop below. Will they move on to the next question with their money still on the table, or will they lose it forever?”
Let’s assume Fox properly screens their contestants so we don’t have to worry about anyone committing suicide after losing $1 million. This sounds fairly addictive, right? It’s smart to premiere it over the holidays when families are together (and watching TV so they have something to talk about). You’ll want to argue amongst yourselves at home.