NBC has a new prime-time game show that requires players to agree on controversial topics. “Divided,” which I assumed was short for “divide and conquer,” intended to capitalize on opinionated contestants–regarding current social, political, and cultural issues–without coming to blows.
I’ve only seen bits and pieces. On one episode, a player deliberately refused to agree with the majority because there’d been an attempt to vote him out–their winnings disappeared. I found the show to be a frustrating display of group dysfunctionality.
Game show popularity ebbs and flows. Stalwarts, Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, and The Price Is Right are still around. ABC’s “Game Night” found success with updated versions of To Tell the Truth, Pyramid, and The Match Game.
NBC’s offered “The Wall,” a sort of “Plinko” on steroids–a vertical peg board of dizzying heights, from which chips are dropped. Like Deal Or No Deal, potential prize amounts are staggering. Points are given and taken away with equal frequency.
My escape is watching the Wheel with Pat and Vanna every evening at 6:30. They need to re-check my address. I know I should have won the $5,000 giveaway by now.
Game shows allow a 30 minute break from reality. I prefer them to current local news. Splattered across local televisions screens–two fugitives remained at large. They’ve murdered three, wounded one in their latest crime spree.