Post by pricemodel1997 on Nov 13, 2015 10:08:51 GMT -5
^Special lighting when the,wedge is hit? That's a cool idea, we could have the set get really dark and have a colored spot (the corresponding contestant's like the Express windows) shine over the wedge when hit, although a blue tint might not look so hot on a green wedge.
Which sorta reminds me of something the Spanish version did when lousan92 won the 9th anniversary tournament...
They replaced one of the envelopes with a 9.000 EUR envelope (bigger than any of the cash prizes that are normally available), and actually showed everyone where it was. Now that I think about it, it would kill some of the suspense if the envelope isn't hit...and would probably freak out the contestant if they know they hit it ahead of time. Never mind...
And they do so in charity specials, when they replace the car envelope with one with €10,000. For contestants it's much better because you can try to hit this envelope (which I did without success), but as a viewer I wouldn't like it (although I don't know at this moment if the space in which they put the €9,000 was seen on-screen).
About the MDW:
1 and 2: It's fine just how it works. If it was put another time on the Wheel if lost, it wouldn't be fair: although it's hard to hit that space, they would be offering more than one opportunity to win $1M, and now that they want to save money... It wouldn't be coherent, would it? 3. I suppose that they introduced it in the same way they did when they introduced the $100,000 maximum with the Bonus Wheel, to make the show "updated": I don't know how many budget have other prime time game shows in America, but surely if they continued with the $25,000 prize in the BR now it would be ridiculous (in part because most players win more than that in many shows). In my opinion it gives a little excitement to the show, mostly when players get it in R1 or R2, and players don't have really to care about having it or not... The way they have to play doesn't change at all, although I would solve the puzzles as earlier as possible in order not to risk it, specially the Prize Puzzle which almost gives you the victory of the show.
Post by gameshowguy2000 on Mar 11, 2016 1:00:13 GMT -5
The MDW should always go back on the Wheel if the player who had it goofed up, a la the 1/2 Car tags. Someone on IM kept telling me "The million should always be hard to win!" Maybe on a quiz show, but on Wheel? I don't think so.
"Solve this puzzle correctly and you'll win good old American cash, and that adds up to $25,000! Good luck." - when someone chooses to play for the $25K in the Bonus Round ('87-'89)
"One for the money, two for the show, and $25,000 to go! Congratulations!"- after someone wins $25K in the Bonus Round
Season 26: 13 Season 27: 8 Season 28: 9 Season 29: 9 Season 30: 9 Season 31: 11 Season 32: 16
So, 76 times to date we've had a Million Dollar Bonus Round, and 4 hits on the $1,000,000 envelope.
Might as well update this for Season 33. Only 8, tying S27 for the season low and half of that of the prior season. That makes a total of 83 Million Dollar Bonus Rounds over 1,559 episodes with the wedge in play (not counting the 2011 episode where it was never placed on the Wheel and also not counting the Lottery Experience games), which is about 5.3%.
Suppose the Million Dollar Wedge was lost in an early round (R1 or R2). Should it go back on the wheel?
Does the million dollar gimmick have any place on the show? It survived over 30 years without it.
1. I would imagine Wheel has prize indemnity insurance which pays out the million dollar prizes without affecting the prize budget. Usually in order to get insurance there has to be certain odds and hurdles in winning the big prize established, so I doubt that making ways of winning the million easier will be showing up soon.
2. It would be nice for it to go back on the Wheel, but as I said in #1 will it affect the odds required for insurance purposes?
3. Now that inflation has caught up and we have had million dollar top prizes on competing shows, it's become a necessity. My only gripe is that the show needs to up the ante on all the dollar values to keep up with inflation. For example winning $30-$35k is still a lot of money today but 30 years ago it was truly a lot of money as it had more purchasing power/windfall potential and you could buy a Cadillac/Corvette for that price, nowadays it's the price of a basic Ford Escape.
Alex B. Show S-4468 (College Week from Denver) VTR: 3/25/06 Aired: 5/17/06 and reran 7/5/06
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