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Trivia / Temptation (2007)

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  • Edited for Syndication:
    • The preview episodes aired during the standard run on Nov. 22-23, 2007 and March 13-14, 2008, with edits to remove any references to being previews.
    • All the home shopping plugs are removed when the show airs on Buzzr, since the shopping site is long gone.
  • Fan Nickname: Knock-Off has been called "Knock-Out" and "Wipe-Off" in reference to Wipeout. It's also been called "Rip-Off", which is probably the most accurate.
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  • Franchise Killer: This revival sent the $ale name to the bargain bin as no attempts to revive the series have been made since.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: Buzzr has been airing reruns intermittently since 2018. Whether or not anyone wants to see them, however...
  • No Budget: Eesh.
    • Some champs walked away with nothing to show for their efforts, while losing contestants didn't even get their final score in cash. Several episodes even managed to give away a grand total of zero dollars.
    • The prizes were also generally significantly cheaper than the 1980s Sale: Instant Bargain prizes were usually around $500 to $1,000 (less than 1/4th the typical value of the prizes in the Jim Perry era if you adjust for inflation), and the top prize was just one mid-range car worth less than 1/8th the total typical Lot value from Sale (again, adjusted for inflation).
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    • This is also most likely why the show had caps for Instant Cash and returning champs, the latter of which pretty much goes directly against the whole idea of the shopping endgame.
  • Out of Order: You'd think a show with returning champs and a growing Instant Cash jackpot would avert this on principle; you'd be wrong in this case. It seems the show would air consecutive episodes until someone retired, then skip to a different part of the run.
    • Particularly insulting when the first aired civilian episode had Instant Cash at $1,000 and the day's winner opting to buy a prize. Double-run markets got to see the start of Mark Coyle's run as well, which didn't air until the week of Christmas in single-run markets.
    • Temptation aired a pair of Tournaments for November sweeps, in which six contestants who had lost their only appearance would return for another shot. The out-of-order airing was so bad that two of the returning contestants' first appearances hadn't aired yet. One of them later aired in January, the other aired in May as the next-to-last episode!
    • Averted by the Buzzr reruns, which airs the episodes in the order they were taped.
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  • Screwed by the Network: Rossi Morreale said in a 2012 interview that MyNetworkTV put no money at all into advertising the show. (Considering how much of a trainwreck the show was, they may have made the right choice - they were likely forced to carry it because 20th Television {part of Fox, which owns MNTV} distributed it alongside Fremantle.)
  • Similarly Named Works: There have been two other game shows with the name Temptation - a 1967-68 Heatter-Quigley show for ABC hosted by Art James where people picked prizes which got bigger and bigger; and a 1981 pilot produced by Ralph Andrews involving audience members where they were all staked money and tempted with prizes.


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