The Success of the Game Shows
Write 6 pages thesis on the topic the success of the game shows. Grosvenor (2010) states, “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire is a fairly straight-forward quiz show that has seen many contestants walk away with big cash winnings over the years”.
Who wants to be a millionaire is hosted by Meredith Vieira (Grosvenor, 2010). The show started in the 1990s and within no time, it became extremely popular among the local people. Chakraborti (2008) asserts, “On September 4, 1998, UK television viewers watched a new quiz game show, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, which took the country by storm”. The format of this game show is so much attractive that it has been successfully exported to a variety of national contests. The basic format of this show includes different multiple-choice questions that are of different complexity levels. The prize money varies with the level of complexity of each question. However, the largest cash prize is one million pounds. Gould (2010) states, “The Million Dollar Question cannot be asked as a stand-alone question”. The million-dollar question is accompanied by several other questions.
When the game show was started, there used to be a preliminary round, which was known as Fastest Finger First. This round was there to pick the right candidate for the Hot Seat. In the preliminary round, there used to be a multiple-choice question which all candidates had to answer in order to reach the hot seat.
In the Hot Seat, different general knowledge questions are asked to the contestants. The level of complexity rises with every question. The first five questions of the round are comparatively easier than the other questions, and the host does not ask the contestants whether to lock the final answer or not. After the first five questions, which are very easy general knowledge questions, the contestants are asked difficult questions in order to guess their level of competency. The candidates can take a long time to answer the questions as there is no time limit in this game.