You might think that a game show would be all about not letting people take home the grand prize. A million bucks is a bundle of money no matter who you are. For most of the time, you’d be right. However, as this story relates, game shows really do want you to win.
As long as it isn’t every time. Just think – how many people tuned into “Jeopardy!” to watch Ken Jennings’s amazing winning streak? Of course, if the episode is never aired, you don’t get anything. It’s a common clause in any game show contract.
Yeah, uh, Duh
Look, we're really sorry to have to break it to you this way, but just because you think a TV is live and real, doesn't mean it is. You know how shows like “The Office” are scripted? That's almost always true of reality shows or game shows, too.
Especially the ones like beauty contests, which are made to appeal to the lowest common denominator, and have to be edited to stay that way. Good thing we still have the news, which is definitely not ever edited or framed in a way that is misleading at all...
The Fake-Cash Cab?
It's true – the next time you hail a cab in a big city, you could end up answering trivia questions for money. It's not totally random, but it's still going to be a surprise for the person who gets into the backseat. And, yes, obviously it's a game show.
You might get lucky and win a wad of cash – which is actually fake! Giving away real money wouldn't be all that safe, as shady types would be on the hunt for the cash cab, but not because they want to answer trivia questions.
Don't Go Yet
They may have begun with more generous thoughts in mind – actually finding people with talent that audiences would like to see – but now these talent game shows have devolved into a spectacle, and not exactly the good kind.
Just as soon as these “idol” shows began, producers realized people would be tuning in not to see the talent, but to see the lack of it. Your Derek Stillings, your Mary Roach, your Sarah Goldberg. What's worse, if the audience hates an act, they have to stand around until they get all the shots the producers need. For what? Mockery?
Well, the Illusion Is Shattered Now
Is anything real? Santa is gone, the Easter Bunny didn't last past age ten, and now you're telling us that they don't make you wait until the next day to finish filming if your episode of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” takes too long? Just change and come back out – we have plenty of episodes to film today, and we can't wait until the sun rises again.
That would just be silly. Hit the changing room, smart guy, and let's keep rolling. Onto the next question!