Million Dollar Money Drop

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The new Fox gameshow, “Million Dollar Money Drop” seems to have the right formula for a nerve-wrecking, fast-paced trivia show. Contestants start with $1,000,000 and have 7 questions to answer. They are given a time limit and several options (the number varies with how far along the couple is in the game). With each question, the couple must use their entire amount of money to bet on the right answer. They can also chose to divide the money if they are uncertain, but must always leave one option empty. For instance, the couple can divide their million between options A, B, and C, but would then leave D empty. The right answer is revealed by dropping the platform of the wrong answers- with any money wagering on them.

The time limit causes many couples to panic and the option to play it safe and divide the money; meaning most couples reach the last question with about $80,000 of the original million. I love the trivia and trying to play along, checking to see how much money I would have left after each round. However, the game isn’t very easy. The questions get harder at each level and there are less choices as the game progresses. At the last question there are only 2 choices and the couple plays all-or-nothing. In addition, the questions are not typically something obvious and concrete (for instance, who is the lead singer of a certain band) but often more obscure (in a recent survey in Time magazine, which did American’s say they preferred; or Which of these slogans was used first).

The show is not without it’s controversy, in its first episodes a mistake was made and a correct answer was deemed incorrect. The question was “Which of these was sold in stores first?” The three possible answers were: Macintosh computer, Sony Walkman, and Post-It notes. The couple placed the bulk of the team’s money on the answer “Post-It notes.” The correct answer was then revealed to be Sony Walkman. However, after an internet uproar, it was that indicated Post-It Notes were “launched” or “introduced” under the name “Press ‘N Peel” in four cities in 1977, based on an interview with the inventors of the Post-It Note published in the Financial Times. On April 6, 1980, the product debuted in US stores as “Post-It Notes.” The Sony Walkman went on sale in Japan on July 1, 1979, and was later introduced to the US in June 1980.

On December 21, 2010, Gawker published an article on this controversy, and the web site was later contacted by a Fox representative. Jeff Apploff, the show’s executive producer, initially issued the following statement: “The integrity of the questions and answers on our show are our No. 1 priority. In this case, our research team spoke directly with 3M, and they confirmed that although they had given out free samples in test markets in 1977 and 1978, it wasn’t until 1980 that Post-Its were sold in stores. Million Dollar Money Drop stands behind the answer that was revealed on the show.”

On December 23, 2010, Apploff issued another statement: “Unfortunately the information our research department originally obtained from 3M regarding when Post-it notes were first sold was incomplete… As a result of new information we have received from 3M, we feel it is only fair to give our contestants, Gabe and Brittany, another shot to play Million Dollar Money Drop even though this question was not the deciding question in their game. The revised information regarding the Post-it is as follows: the product was originally tested for sale in four cities under the name ‘Press ‘N Peel’ in 1977, sold as ‘Post-its’ in 1979 when the rollout introduction began and sold nationwide in 1980.” Losing the $800,000, however, would not have directly impacted the outcome of the game, as the last question (in which the contestants either win or lose the entire remainder of their money) was answered incorrectly. (Wikipedia)

Check out the first 6 episodes on Hulu or Fox.com and see whether or not you could win! I recommend it to all gameshow and trivia lovers.

I give it 8 stars!

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