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21st Jun '17 9:44:11 AM Lirodon
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* ''Series/TheWall'': NBC game that is essentially big-money [[Series/ThePriceIsRight Plinko]] with [[Series/AtMidnight Chris Hardwick]]; balls are dropped into a giant pachinko board, and whether they add or remove money from a team's bank depends on whether their isolated contestant can answer a multiple-choice correctly. The player outside must use their intuition, based on seeing just the choices for the next question, to decide where they want to drop their ball from (higher values are pushed to the right side of the board, meaning that you'd likely want to avoid it if you were uncertain that your partner would answer correctly. But of course, we are dealing with [[LuckBasedMission physics]] here), and on later questions, whether they want to drop two or three. Due to the mechanics of the game, your bank could fluctuate wildly between over $2,000,000 (the last round features a $1,000,000 space!), or down to nearly nothing because your balls turned into a {{Whammy}} (likely cause they landed into said space). Plus at the end of the game, much like the aforementioned ''Set for Life'', your partner (who is not told anything about how you are doing) could accidentally deny you your winnings by taking a ConsolationPrize buy-out, or by not taking the buy-out and unknowingly leaving with [[{{Whammy}} little or nothing]]. As usual for an NBC game show, its loaded with padding and melodrama too; you could make a drinking game out of how many times the show and its promotions mention "life-changing money".

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* ''Series/TheWall'': NBC game that is essentially big-money [[Series/ThePriceIsRight Plinko]] with [[Series/AtMidnight Chris Hardwick]]; balls are dropped into a giant pachinko board, and whether they add or remove money from a team's bank depends on whether their isolated contestant can answer a multiple-choice question correctly. The player outside must use their intuition, based on seeing just the choices for the next question, to decide where they want to drop their ball from (higher values are pushed to the right side of the board, meaning that you'd likely want to avoid it if you were uncertain that your partner would answer correctly. But of course, we are dealing with [[LuckBasedMission physics]] here), and on later questions, whether they want to drop two or three. Due to the mechanics of the game, your bank could fluctuate wildly between over $2,000,000 (the last round features a $1,000,000 space!), or down to nearly nothing because your balls turned into a {{Whammy}} (likely cause they landed into said space). Plus at the end of the game, much like the aforementioned ''Set for Life'', your partner (who is not told anything about how you are doing) could accidentally deny you your winnings by taking a ConsolationPrize buy-out, or by not taking the buy-out and unknowingly leaving with [[{{Whammy}} little or nothing]]. As usual for an NBC game show, its loaded with padding and melodrama too; you could make a drinking game out of how many times the show and its promotions mention "life-changing money". The set, while dark and glitzy, does admittedly have SceneryPorn in the form of the Wall itself.
21st Jun '17 9:42:16 AM Lirodon
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* In 2002, ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'' started doing primetime ''Million Dollar Spectacular'' episodes as a follow-up to a run of military "Salute" specials that year. They had a higher prize budget than the daytime show, and offered a chance for contestants to win $1 million by hitting the dollar on a bonus spin in the Showcase Showdown (as opposed to the $11,000 prize normally given in daytime at the time). It was otherwise the daytime show in primetime on a slightly dressed up set (let's not forget the [[SceneryPorn giant, lit-up "$1,000,000" sign at the back of the audience]]); it didn't magically turn into a ''Millionaire'' clone ... until they dimmed the lights and played suspenseful music on the bonus spin, that is. A second run of ''MDS'' episodes was done with then-new host Drew Carey during the Writers Guild of America strike.
* ''Series/{{Pyramid}}'': The 2002-04 version (often referred to as ''Donnymid'', after host Donny Osmond) felt like Sony was trying to replicate ''Millionaire'' and fuse it with classic ''Pyramid'' (strict judging, purple and black color scheme, dark metallic set, and loud techno theme), just [[NoBudget minus a budget]]. Not helping was that one of the 2000 Osmond pilots was in fact ''The $1,000,000 Pyramid'' (for a run on NBC that didn't happen). Pretty much averted by the 2009 ''$1,000,000'' pilots, which were an updated rendition of the 70s/80s ''Pyramid'' with a tournament structure for the $1,000,000 like the 80s/90s ''$100,000'' runs.

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* In 2002, ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'' started doing primetime ''Million Dollar Spectacular'' episodes as a follow-up to a run of military "Salute" specials that year. They had a higher prize budget than the daytime show, and year, which offered a chance for contestants to win $1 million by hitting the dollar on a bonus spin in the Showcase Showdown (as opposed to the $11,000 prize normally given in daytime at the time). It was otherwise the daytime show in primetime on a slightly dressed up set (let's not forget the primetime, [[SceneryPorn on a redecorated set with a giant, lit-up light-up "$1,000,000" sign at the back of the audience]]); audience]]), and a larger prize budget than normal; it didn't magically turn into a ''Millionaire'' clone ... until they dimmed the lights and played suspenseful music on the bonus spin, that is. A second run of ''MDS'' episodes was done with then-new host Drew Carey during the Writers Guild of America strike.
* ''Series/{{Pyramid}}'': The 2002-04 version (often referred to as ''Donnymid'', after host Donny Osmond) felt like Sony was trying to replicate ''Millionaire'' and fuse it with classic ''Pyramid'' (strict judging, purple and black color scheme, dark metallic set, and loud techno theme), just [[NoBudget minus a budget]]. Not helping was that one of the 2000 Osmond pilots was in fact ''The $1,000,000 Pyramid'' (for a run on NBC that didn't happen). Pretty much averted by the 2009 ''$1,000,000'' pilots, which were an updated rendition of the 70s/80s ''Pyramid'' with a tournament structure for the $1,000,000 like the 80s/90s ''$100,000'' runs. The current ''$100,000 Pyramid'' on ABC is more faithful to the classic ''$25,000'' format, except with the payouts upped to $50,000 and $100,000.



* ''Series/TheWeakestLink'': The American version had the usual "money ladder" format with only minor changes from the original version of the show.

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* ''Series/TheWall'': NBC game that is essentially big-money [[Series/ThePriceIsRight Plinko]] with [[Series/AtMidnight Chris Hardwick]]; balls are dropped into a giant pachinko board, and whether they add or remove money from a team's bank depends on whether their isolated contestant can answer a multiple-choice correctly. The player outside must use their intuition, based on seeing just the choices for the next question, to decide where they want to drop their ball from (higher values are pushed to the right side of the board, meaning that you'd likely want to avoid it if you were uncertain that your partner would answer correctly. But of course, we are dealing with [[LuckBasedMission physics]] here), and on later questions, whether they want to drop two or three. Due to the mechanics of the game, your bank could fluctuate wildly between over $2,000,000 (the last round features a $1,000,000 space!), or down to nearly nothing because your balls turned into a {{Whammy}} (likely cause they landed into said space). Plus at the end of the game, much like the aforementioned ''Set for Life'', your partner (who is not told anything about how you are doing) could accidentally deny you your winnings by taking a ConsolationPrize buy-out, or by not taking the buy-out and unknowingly leaving with [[{{Whammy}} little or nothing]]. As usual for an NBC game show, its loaded with padding and melodrama too; you could make a drinking game out of how many times the show and its promotions mention "life-changing money".
* ''Series/TheWeakestLink'': The American influence is present in its overall look and feel, with a foreboding atmosphere and music, ''and'' Anne Robinson, who hosted with a snarky demeanor. However, the game ''itself'' subverts it by being a team-based game built around timed rounds of trivia followed by democratic elimination, and not necessarily having a large cash prize (though the U.S. primetime version had ramped up the usual "money ladder" format with only minor changes from the original version of the show.theoretical top prize to $1 million).
8th May '17 6:09:34 PM themisterfree
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In 1999, things were looking bleak for the American GameShow genre. There were no prime-time network game shows, and the only shows around on the networks and syndication were holdovers from the 1970s and 1980s ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'', Whoopi Goldberg's ''Series/TheHollywoodSquares'' revival, the latest (and lamest) ''Series/MatchGame'' revival, and evergreens ''Series/WheelOfFortune'' and ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}''. Cable games weren't faring much better -- most of the networks had either cancelled them (Creator/{{Lifetime}}, [[Creator/ABCFamily Fox Family]]), were shying away from game shows (Creator/{{Nickelodeon}}), or had completely rid themselves of them (Creator/USANetwork). Even Creator/{{GSN}} was at a low point, with several originals being either cancelled or not very good at all.

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In 1999, things were looking bleak for the American GameShow genre. There were no prime-time network game shows, and the only shows around on the networks and syndication were holdovers from the 1970s and 1980s ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'', Whoopi Goldberg's ''Series/TheHollywoodSquares'' revival, the latest (and lamest) ''Series/MatchGame'' revival, and evergreens ''Series/WheelOfFortune'' and ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}''. Cable games weren't faring much better -- most of the networks had either cancelled them (Creator/{{Lifetime}}, [[Creator/ABCFamily [[Creator/{{Freeform}} Fox Family]]), were shying away from game shows (Creator/{{Nickelodeon}}), or had completely rid themselves of them (Creator/USANetwork). Even Creator/{{GSN}} was at a low point, with several originals being either cancelled or not very good at all.


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* ''Series/{{Pyramid}}'': The 2002-04 version (often referred to as ''Donnymid'', after host Donny Osmond) felt like Sony was trying to replicate ''Millionaire'' and fuse it with classic ''Pyramid'' (strict judging, purple and black color scheme, dark metallic set, and loud techno theme), just [[NoBudget minus a budget]]. Not helping was that one of the 2000 Osmond pilots was in fact ''The $1,000,000 Pyramid'' (for a run on NBC that didn't happen). Pretty much averted by the 2009 ''$1,000,000'' pilots, which were an updated rendition of the 70s/80s ''Pyramid'' with a tournament structure for the $1,000,000 like the 80s/90s ''$100,000'' runs.
28th Apr '17 7:34:36 PM Lirodon
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* Perhaps the earliest clone was an obscure entry for the equally-obscure America One network, ''The Million Dollar Word Game'' (premiering in 1999), in which contestants had to clear through 14 rounds of word unscrambling in order to reach a prize board where they could possibly win $1,000,000. However, from a production standpoint, it had a very NoBudget look more akin to a public access show than one purporting to give away $1,000,000 (or, as the host announces at the start of the circulating episode, [[UpToEleven $5 million]]), and the host's demanor slowed things down more than anything.

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* Perhaps the earliest clone was an obscure entry for the equally-obscure America One network, ''The Million Dollar Word Game'' (premiering in 1999), in which contestants had to clear through 14 rounds of word unscrambling in order to reach a prize board where they could possibly win $1,000,000. However, from a production standpoint, it had a very NoBudget look more akin to a public access show than one purporting to give away $1,000,000 (or, as the host announces at (at the start of the circulating episode, the host even announced that they would be increasing the top prize to [[UpToEleven $5 million]]), $5,000,000]]!), and the host's demanor slowed things down more than anything.
7th Feb '17 9:38:22 AM Mario500
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* In 2002, ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'' started doing primetime ''Million Dollar Spectacular'' episodes as a follow-up to a run of military "Salute" specials that year. They had a higher prize budget than the daytime show, and offered a chance for contestants to win $1 million by hitting the dollar on a bonus spin in the Showcase Showdown (as opposed to the $11,000 prize normally given in daytime at the time). It was otherwise the daytime show in primetime on a slightly dressed up set (let's not forget the [[SceneryPorn giant, lit-up "$1,000,000" sign at the back of the audience]]); it didn't magically turn into a ''Millionaire'' clone ... until they dimmed the lights and played suspenseful music on the bonus spin, that is. A second run of ''MDS'' episodes was done with then-new host Drew Carey during the WGA strike.

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* In 2002, ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'' started doing primetime ''Million Dollar Spectacular'' episodes as a follow-up to a run of military "Salute" specials that year. They had a higher prize budget than the daytime show, and offered a chance for contestants to win $1 million by hitting the dollar on a bonus spin in the Showcase Showdown (as opposed to the $11,000 prize normally given in daytime at the time). It was otherwise the daytime show in primetime on a slightly dressed up set (let's not forget the [[SceneryPorn giant, lit-up "$1,000,000" sign at the back of the audience]]); it didn't magically turn into a ''Millionaire'' clone ... until they dimmed the lights and played suspenseful music on the bonus spin, that is. A second run of ''MDS'' episodes was done with then-new host Drew Carey during the WGA Writers Guild of America strike.
7th Feb '17 9:37:09 AM Mario500
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* In 2002, ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'' started doing primetime ''Million Dollar Spectacular'' episodes as a follow-up to a run of military "Salute" specials the show ran following the September 11 attacks. They had a higher prize budget than the daytime show, and offered a chance for contestants to win $1 million by hitting the dollar on a bonus spin in the Showcase Showdown (as opposed to the $11,000 prize normally given in daytime at the time). It was otherwise the daytime show in primetime on a slightly dressed up set (let's not forget the [[SceneryPorn giant, lit-up "$1,000,000" sign at the back of the audience]]); it didn't magically turn into a ''Millionaire'' clone ... until they dimmed the lights and played suspenseful music on the bonus spin, that is. A second run of ''MDS'' episodes was done with then-new host Drew Carey during the WGA strike.

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* In 2002, ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'' started doing primetime ''Million Dollar Spectacular'' episodes as a follow-up to a run of military "Salute" specials the show ran following the September 11 attacks.that year. They had a higher prize budget than the daytime show, and offered a chance for contestants to win $1 million by hitting the dollar on a bonus spin in the Showcase Showdown (as opposed to the $11,000 prize normally given in daytime at the time). It was otherwise the daytime show in primetime on a slightly dressed up set (let's not forget the [[SceneryPorn giant, lit-up "$1,000,000" sign at the back of the audience]]); it didn't magically turn into a ''Millionaire'' clone ... until they dimmed the lights and played suspenseful music on the bonus spin, that is. A second run of ''MDS'' episodes was done with then-new host Drew Carey during the WGA strike.
25th Oct '16 11:25:21 AM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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* Gratuitous {{Filler}} and/or {{Padding}}, such as pauses before the reveal of the answers (sometimes [[CommercialBreakCliffhanger spilling over into commercial breaks]]). Sometimes coupled with [[SpoiledByTheFormat running out of time]] [[CliffHanger and having to wait till the next episode to see the exciting conclusion.]] And of course, the mandatory segment where the contestant tells the audience and host a little about themself. Which can result in:

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* Gratuitous {{Filler}} and/or {{Padding}}, such as pauses before the reveal of the answers (sometimes [[CommercialBreakCliffhanger spilling over into commercial breaks]]). Sometimes coupled with [[SpoiledByTheFormat running out of time]] [[CliffHanger and having to wait till the next episode to see the exciting conclusion.]] And of course, the mandatory segment where the contestant tells the audience and host a little about themself.themselves. Which can result in:
25th Oct '16 11:23:36 AM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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In 1999, things were looking bleak for the American GameShow genre. There were no prime-time network game shows, and the only shows around on the networks and syndication were holdovers from the 1970s and 1980s ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'', Whoopi Goldberg's ''Series/TheHollywoodSquares'' revival, the latest (and lamest) ''Series/MatchGame'' revival, and evergreens ''Series/WheelOfFortune'' and ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}''. Cable games weren't faring much better- most of the networks had either cancelled them (Creator/{{Lifetime}}, [[Creator/ABCFamily Fox Family]]), were shying away from game shows (Creator/{{Nickelodeon}}), or had completely rid themselves of them (Creator/USANetwork). Even Creator/{{GSN}} was at a low point, with several originals being either cancelled or not very good at all.

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In 1999, things were looking bleak for the American GameShow genre. There were no prime-time network game shows, and the only shows around on the networks and syndication were holdovers from the 1970s and 1980s ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'', Whoopi Goldberg's ''Series/TheHollywoodSquares'' revival, the latest (and lamest) ''Series/MatchGame'' revival, and evergreens ''Series/WheelOfFortune'' and ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}''. Cable games weren't faring much better- better -- most of the networks had either cancelled them (Creator/{{Lifetime}}, [[Creator/ABCFamily Fox Family]]), were shying away from game shows (Creator/{{Nickelodeon}}), or had completely rid themselves of them (Creator/USANetwork). Even Creator/{{GSN}} was at a low point, with several originals being either cancelled or not very good at all.
24th Oct '16 2:40:08 AM Gimere
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** A commemorative over-sized check being presented to the contestant if they win the grand prize.

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** A [[GiantNoveltyCheck commemorative over-sized check check]] being presented to the contestant if they win the grand prize.
17th Oct '16 11:18:30 AM Lirodon
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* ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' averts this trope. Although the studio has become somewhat darker and glitzier in recent years, and it is possible to lose a lot of money, the show debuted long before ''Millionaire''. Aside from those occasions when someone manages to be returning champion for 74 games straight, the show only really gives out prizes approaching $1,000,000 or more during special tournaments (such as the ''Million Dollar Masters'' and the '' Ultimate Tournament of Champions'', itself held in the wake of Ken Jennings' success). Also, ''Jeopardy'' has far less {{Padding}}, usually cramming all 61 questions into a half-hour slot.

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* ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' averts this trope. Although the studio has become somewhat darker and glitzier in recent years, and it is possible to lose a lot of money, the show debuted long before ''Millionaire''. Aside from those occasions when someone manages to be returning champion for 74 games straight, the show only really gives out prizes approaching $1,000,000 or more during special tournaments (such as the ''Million Dollar Masters'' Masters'', and the '' Ultimate ''Ultimate Tournament of Champions'', itself Champions'' held in the wake of Ken Jennings' success). Also, ''Jeopardy'' has far less {{Padding}}, usually cramming all 61 questions into a half-hour slot.


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* Perhaps the earliest clone was an obscure entry for the equally-obscure America One network, ''The Million Dollar Word Game'' (premiering in 1999), in which contestants had to clear through 14 rounds of word unscrambling in order to reach a prize board where they could possibly win $1,000,000. However, from a production standpoint, it had a very NoBudget look more akin to a public access show than one purporting to give away $1,000,000 (or, as the host announces at the start of the circulating episode, [[UpToEleven $5 million]]), and the host's demanor slowed things down more than anything.
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