December 06, 2006

Deal or No Deal

This past week's episode of "Studio 60" contained a brief sketch parodying the hit show "Deal or No Deal". I had never watched this big-money game show, but the bit on "60" made me curious, so I set my TiVo.

I just watched my first episode, and it was really something.

It's actually a pretty silly game, but it was riveting to watch!

It's basically russian-roulette with money. It's totally luck, there's no real skill involved in the game. I suppose if you could do complex probability statistics in your head while on national TV you could apply some skill to the play. But as it is, it's mostly an exercise in luck and guts and greed.

And I couldn't take my eyes off it.

But I'm not sure how well it will age. Ie. will it continue to be interesting as you watch more and more? But the first game I watched was a lot of fun.

BTW, before this, I had gotten the idea that Howie Mandel, the host, played a nasty character in the show, but no, he was very nice. Rooting for the contestants, pacing the play, adding drama, making it fun. Good job.

Posted by jackhodgson at December 6, 2006 10:15 AM