Set Report from NBC’s “Take It All”
NBC’s upcoming pure luck game show Take It All started taping in Los Angeles this week. The game, hosted by Howie Mandel, is based on the popular holiday game “white elephant,” which was this show’s former name. It basically involves deciding to pick a new prize or steal one from someone who already opened one, and you are trying to get the highest value you can. The show is co-hosted by Donna Ruko. Hollywood Junket was on set for the show and gave a preview of the rules. Here’s what you need to know.
For the game they saw five contestants start. The first picks a question mark box from the “Dream Screen”, a large screen which holds the identity of the prizes. After selecting a box they are told what they have won. The next in line can either steal what that person just revealed or choose another box. Each player has one “Freeze” they can use each game to make sure no one takes their prize. The person with the lowest value after each round is gone.
When only two remain each chooses an envelope that could contain up to $250,000, but they don’t know what’s in it yet. Each player has to choose to either keep what they have or “Take It All” in a Prisoner’s Dilemma end game. If both choose to keep, they both keep what they’ve won plus the envelopes. If one chooses to Take It All and the other Keeps, the person who chose Take It All gets everything, including both cash envelopes. If both choose to Take It All they both get nothing.
I think we’re going to, yet again, get an example that Prisoner’s Dilemma does not work well in game shows, especially one that’s being basically set up for a holiday run. Nothing says Christmas like people stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars. There was seriously no other creative idea? Beyond that, the show seems a little bit boring. Not broken, but boring. It’s even fewer decisions than Deal or No Deal. We get to watch an hour of people staring at a screen and being told what they won. This is, obviously, just based on what we were written. Games always come across different on television so, hopefully, this is a bit more exciting to watch than I’m imagining.
Speaking of the screen, I am really, really hoping that they at least put some prizes on stage. Despite that, was there a reason they couldn’t have boxes on stage with the names of prizes in there, and then go to the screen for a reveal if necessary? If you have a pure luck show you have to have physical representation of the results on set. Of course we know stuff can’t be rigged, but that thought is still there. It looks cheap to have the game’s only big focal point be a giant television. The Price is Right manages to have dozens of giant prizes on per show, live-to-tape, and they have a far smaller budget. There’s no excuse for a big primetime spectacle to not do this, so I’m hoping details of that were left off the report.
Beyond that, though, it certainly seems much better than some of NBC’s other holiday efforts like Identity or the beyond-awful Who’s Still Standing. However, it’s still missing something that brings it to the next level. We’re hoping to get some more reports and get some other perspectives.
Source : Hollywood Junket