Howie Mandel is an evil genius.
By some strange coincidence of events, I found myself watching the Today Show on NBC this morning and the game show they were plugging tonight. It is the cruelest, most dramatic and spine tingling game show I have ever seen.
All I have to say is that they couldn't have planned a better first show. It was devastating.
Basically you take four people and you let them choose a gift of some unknown value. They can keep the gift or steal the gift that somebody else chose. So it's like Let's Make A Deal. The person with the least expensive gift gets elminated after each round. So you have to guess which gift is worth the most and get it. So it's like the Price is Right. Then in gut-wrenching drama you get down to the last two contestants who will have accumulated three gifts each. In the final round, it's like the Prisoner's Dilemma.
You can either say. I'm Keeping Mine or Take It All.
If both players say I'm Keeping Mine, they both keep what they have. If both players say Take It All, they both lose everything. But if one player says I'm Keeping Mine and the other player says Take It All, the Taker gets all and the Keeper keeps nothing.
So obviously this is all about stealing and lying. What a brilliant game. What heartless cruelty.
Mandel gets the contestants to tell their story about how badly they need the money and how it will change their lives if they win. But in the end, it's all about winning. Brilliant. You basically have people up there swearing to God that it's such a blessing that they can keep what they won so far. Calculating, conniving liars. This is what a game show is supposed to be.