Monday, March 15, 2010

JayRo Watches TV: Minute to Win It

Finally, a show that admits it is a game show, and owns it!

Minute to Win It is NBC's latest attempt to create a phenom of a show. The premise is relatively simple: You have 1 minute to complete a task. Each task wins you more monely along a ladder. Complete 10 of these tasks, and win 1 million dollars.

The hook is that you use household items to complete random tasks. For example, one task is to stack 5 apples in one tower, and have that tower hold together for 3 seconds. The draw is that these are regular people who don't have special talents that are going to help them finish these games. When watching the show I could not believe how involved I got with this show and the tasks - trying to figure out the best strategy, rooting for the contestants and just wondering if they would make it.

Host Guy Fieri is surprisingly good, managing to balance excitement, tension and compassion while giving off the everyman vibe that has made him successful as a Food Network host. The casting department deserves credit for choosing contestants who are likeable and are people who you can support.

Watch this show; it deserves to succeed.

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2 Comments:

Blogger Mike said...

I watched most of 1 episode live but found the commercials and their timing killed the vibe. I guess that this is the same for all these shows and not specific to this one.

2:34 PM  
Blogger Jason said...

Yeah, the one downside is that the producer/director seems to think that it is much more exciting to show the start of a task then cut to commercials. It would be much better to just go to commercial at the end of a task.

10:22 AM  

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