SET NEWS! Spoiler Alert!
There’s a new game show coming to NBC that drops it’s contestants into the hollow depths of the very game show stage on which they stand. Fittingly, the show is called “Who’s Still Standing”, and rightly so, refers to the very last of eleven contestants placed on the stage to face-off in trivia questions with each other.
Hosted by Discovery Channel’s “Cash Cab” host, Ben Bailey, many game show audience members commented on the similarities “Who’s Still Standing” has with another game show, “Russian Roulette” that also dropped its contestants and was hosted by Mark Walberg
HOW THE GAME IS PLAYED:
A “hero” contestant takes center stage, surrounded by ten other contestants. All contestants, including the “hero”, stand on trap doors that exit them from the stage with one wrong answer. The hero contestant has the advantage of having 2 passes (it was 3 during the first two days of filming) which means they can pass on two questions that they don’t know. The hero contestant chooses in order which of the ten contestants that they would like to face-off in trivia by analyzing their wardrobe and demeanor. Show producers have contestant wear contrasting clothing to throw-off the hero. During one game, #2 contestant was dressed like a “geek”, however did not know the most basic trivia. Each contestant has only 20 seconds to answer their question.
Questions are based on pop culture, sports, and politics. Some sets on questions had “specialty themes”. One example is: Lady Killers (all questions or answers had the word “lady”).
With each contestant the hero takes out, there is a bounty that they add to their jackpot. The amount of money each contestant is worth is unknown to them, and is not revealed until after they drop. The range can be anywhere from $1000 to $20,000.
After the hero has dropped the first five contestants, host, Bailey gives them the option of continuing in the game and receiving an additional pass along with a free fact revealed on any contestant of their choice. Once the contestant chooses to leave the game, they keep all of their earnings and can either drop through the floor or walk through the door. If a hero decides to go all the way at trying to take-out all ten contestants, he or she wins $1 million.
The remaining contestants face-off against each other. This is called the “speed round” and each contestant has only 10 seconds to answer one trivia question. Each correct answer given contributes $1000 (originally started out as $2000 on the first few days of the show) to one communal pot. The contestant to beat everyone is the last one standing and wins the jackpot earned. They also must chose to being dropped or walking out.
From being squeezed into a cab to the grand openness of a game show stage, must have been nice for “Cash Cab” host Ben Bailey who drives around contestants in a mock taxi cab to play to win cash for up to $500.
Bailey was impressive in a traditional game show setting and very relaxed and natural – never in desperate need of the teleprompter either. In many cases in the past where game shows have used actors as hosts, they get completely lost if their teleprompter becomes blank. Not the case with Bailey. He was able to facilitate the players of the game perfectly.
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