Set for Life
is an innovative game show on ABC hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. It gives contestants a chance to win a monthly paycheck on a time duration ranging from one month to forty years.
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There are two participants on the game. One is the actual stage player and the other one is his or her “guardian angel,” who can be a relative, close friend or anyone that the he or she completely trusts. Before the game starts, a qualifying round is played to determine the amount of monthly paycheck that the contestant will be playing for. This portion is not aired on television. The televised portion shows how many monthly paycheck the contestant will receive. This is determined based on his or her position on the “time ladder.”
There are 15 “light sticks” – 11 white, 4 red – concealed inside the stands of the stage.
Each round, the contestant must select a light stick and reveal its color. If the stick is white, the contestant moves one step up on the ladder. If the stick is red, the contestant moves one step down. Since there are only 11 steps on the ladder and 11 white light sticks, the contestant must select the 11 white sticks consecutively in order to reach the “Set for Life” jackpot level. The other chance is for the contestant to select the first three red sticks at the start of the game. However, if the contestant draws all four red sticks, the game will automatically end and he or she will take home nothing.
Each time that the contestant draws a white stick, he is given the choice to stop playing and take home the amount that he or she has already earned. But when a red stick is selected, the contestant must continue playing until a white stick is drawn.
The “guardian angel” on the other hand, is placed on an isolated booth during the game. He or she is only provided with video screens where he or she can see the sticks that are already drawn and the stage contestant’s position on the time ladder. Every time that the stage player draws a white stick, the “guardian angel” is also given the option to press a button that would automatically end the game.
However, the situation of the “guardian angel” is not shown until the game on the stage has ended. The game will then be reviewed per round, showing whether the “guardian angel” has chosen to stop the game or not. It wouldn’t matter if the stage contestant has decided to continue with the game. The decision will be automatically reverted once the “guardian angel” pressed the button. The contestant will then bag the amount that he has earned during that point of the game.
Set for Life is produced by Endemol USA.
-Katherine Garcia, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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