11Feb2013
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Alex Davis
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FOX, Host, New Show
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Mark Walberg to Host Fox Pilot “Don’t Lose the Money”

Mark Walberg has signed on to host the new Fox game show pilot tentatively titled Don’t Lose the Money.  The Shine-produced pilot will be taping in Germany in February.  The format sees two teams of contestants compete in physical challenges which will, inevitably, force them to drop bundles of money held through the round.

The team with the most money and the end of five rounds faces a final decision: they can elect to play one final challenge or pass it to their opponent.  Be careful, though…dropping your money means the other team can steal what you’ve lost.

Mark Walberg has previously hosted The Moment of TruthTest the Nation, and Temptation Island for Fox, as well as fans favorites like Russian Roulette and Antiques Roadshow.  Fox has had game show success with the formats Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader? and Don’t Forget the Lyrics in addition to the aforementioned The Moment of Truth, as well as other lesser-known titles The Rich ListThe Chamber, Hole in the Wall, and It’s Your Chance of a Lifetime.

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13 responses to "Mark Walberg to Host Fox Pilot “Don’t Lose the Money”"

  • Collin says:

    I really hope this is a success; Mark Walberg is one of the best hosts out there, but hasn’t always been given the best formats to work with. Russian Roulette is still one of the greatest game shows of all time and I hope he can host a great one again.

  • The Banker's Nephew says:

    Doesn’t sound half bad. So long as it’s not produced like MDMD or any of NBC’s recent shows, I think I could wind up liking this quite a bit. Always good to see Mr. Walberg get work. He truly is the best American in the business.

    • Scott says:

      Better be skeptical. Sounds like a good format, but we all know how FOX likes to axe game shows quickly if they don’t surpass the 5-million-plus ratings mark on a continuous basis.

      • Alex Davis says:

        I’d really love if we could stop this patently false rumor.

        • Scott says:

          Although my observation isn’t written down in FOX’s rulebook, we’ve all seen what has happened to many of FOX’s previous game show attempts. Take Me Out averaged around 2-3 million and got axed. Million Dollar Money Drop averaged slightly under 5 million and got axed, though the lawsuits regarding the questions didn’t help matters either. The Rich List, cancelled after just 1 episode, since FOX was upset it couldn’t compete directly against competitor shows like Criminal Minds and Lost. The Cube and The Chase both never made it to air, presumably for the same reasons – too expensive to produce and FOX didn’t think the ratings would justify going ahead with production.

          FOX is more rooted in reality shows than game shows these days, relying on Dance, Idol, X Factor and Ramsey’s line-up (Hell’s Kitchen, Masterchef, Kitchen Nightmares, Hotel Hell, etc.) to cover 90% of their primetime schedule. Combine that with comedies, and game shows are the last thing on their minds.

          And let’s also not forget that FOX likes to keep changing the timeslots of its programs with little-to-no notice, making it hard to keep track of when your favorite show is airing. Perfect example of this was Take Me Out, which you reported last year as having been moved to Saturdays, and then a day or two after, reporting again that FOX changed their mind and decided to keep it on Thursday nights.

          Don’t get me wrong, FOX is known for producing good game shows. But they just refuse to keep them on the air long enough to gain any sort of a following, with higher-than-usual ratings expectations for a program in this particular genre.

          It’s almost as if FOX is only looking to produce and keep game shows that consistently produce figures of 10-15 million viewers per episode, like Millionaire and Deal had for a bit in their original runs.

          • Alex Davis says:

            I’m sorry but that’s just not true. They’ve canceled failed shows. Those shows with low figures aren’t going to suddenly grow. They will drop more. They cancel failures. To think otherwise is not understand how TV works. Every single show they canceled was a failure outright.

            And also if anyone thought The Chase would work in America they are crazy. Great show but it would bomb here. We aren’t a quiz country

          • Adam says:

            Alex, I’m crazy. But seriously, I’m Determined to take on the Cube!

          • Scott says:

            Well, I guess we’ll just have to agree to disagree then. From my perspective, I just see it from a different point of view.

  • J.C. says:

    So, this is basically Wipeout (ABC) meets Million Pound/Dollar Drop, from what I’m reading so far, no?

  • SEAN says:

    Or better yet, call it Mark Walberg’s Moment of Truth.

  • Scott Meckley says:

    Mark L. Walberg is one of the best gameshow hosts around. I loved Russian Roulette the best. This format does sound kind of interesting.

    • Ken in Hong Kong says:

      “Kind of interesting” is damning with faint praise. I notice none of us devoted to the genre is saying, “Oh, wow, I’ll definitely tune in to see this!”

      Alex is right about “The Chase,” though: As much as we quizzers would love to see it, once the reality game shows like “Survivor” made their mark, quiz was basically a carcass on U.S. TV. Only “Jeopardy” and “Millionaire” remain.

      Mark L. Walberg is definitely one of my favorites, and I think Pat Kiernan acquitted himself really well on “Grand Slam,” but he was never seen. Did he ever host any other game shows?

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