Show Flow- 2
Play-Along Factor- 10
Potential Viewer Ratings- 6
Overall Rating- 5.6
And now, for the review………
When I first heard about and saw the previews for this show, I immediately thought that this show was going to be like 1 vs. 100 and Russian Roulette combined. I also had high hopes for Who’s Still Standing mainly because it has been a while since I have seen a good U.S. quick-fire trivia game show besides Jeopardy! However, after watching the first two episodes of this new show, my optimistic outlook quickly turned into disappointment and doubts for the show’s future as I had found a lot of mistakes, issues, and problems with Who’s Still Standing. Since I have more complaints than compliments about this show, I’m just going to list exactly where the producers went wrong with the show.
2. Specialty Rounds: The random insertions of specialty rounds are not need every other round. Instead, the show just needs to have a category for every round to avoid confusion and speculation to when the specialty round might appear again.
3. Set Problems: The main problem I have with the set is the lack of a big screen to display the hero’s winnings, the number of contestants eliminated and remaining, and the questions. The set looks incomplete and bare without it, considering that it’s a primetime in-studio game show.
5. Rules?!?: The rules are not properly explained before the actual gameplay begins. The host mentions bits and pieces of the game’s rules throughout the show and doesn’t even explain the cash reward configuration throughout the game. The host only mentions the fact that the dollar amounts range from $1,000 up to $20,000. Having the host not properly explain the rules before each game leaves the viewer confused, annoyed, and irritated trying to guess how to play the game while trying to enjoy the show. This is a huge problem that the show needs to fix immediately.
6. Graphics (or the lack thereof.....): NBC usually plagues each of their primetime game shows with hundreds of on-screen graphics about each contestant, their winnings, and other information about the episode. But on this show, we barely see any extra graphics other than the ones used to show the questions and answers. The graphics to show the contestant’s winnings, passes left in the game, and opponents left to eliminate are needed to for this show to keep the home viewers informed about the hero’s status in the game.
7. Sudden Commercial Breaks: The abrupt commercial breaks that occur randomly in the middle of a game in progress are annoying and off-putting. It didn’t work when Minute To Win It was doing it and it certainly won’t work with this show.
9. Overused Narration: The numerous times the producers used the “Santa” narration for the show is unnecessary. The overuse of the pre-recorded narration is killing the show genuineness and taking away from Bailey’s hosting duties, such as introducing the show, closing the show, bringing the show into and out of commercial breaks, announcing the hero’s status in the game, to name a few.
10. End Game Option: The host giving the surviving “winning” contestant the option to either “leave through the door or leave through the floor” is corny and unneeded. The last time I checked, the object of the game was to not get dropped. Giving the contestants that option eliminates the whole point of the show of trying their hardest not to get dropped.
Overall, Who’s Still Standing definitely needs to be improved. This show looks like it was thrown together at the last second and quickly rushed to air. The narration needs to be cut down to a minimum or eliminated altogether and the commercial breaks need to be placed in better spots. Even though the show is placed in an excellent time slot, the show is still not good enough to keep the viewers tuned in for a long period of time and the ratings have proven that.
Watch Who's Still Standing all this week at 8:00pm on NBC!!!
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