Show Me the Money
was a short-lived game show on ABC hosted by William Shatner. It premiered on November 22, 2006.
Thirteen female dancers hold scrolls which show 12 different dollar amounts and the symbol representing “the killer card.” The player then chooses from three concealed questions (A, B, C) with a common initial or word for each round. The player is allowed up to two passes, but is required to answer the remaining questions. Once the player passes on a question, he or she can never go back to answer the question again. After answering, the player picks a dancer who still has a scroll. It is only after the scroll is opened that the right answer is revealed. The amount on the player’s pot depends on his or her correct answers. For every correct answer, the corresponding amount on the chosen scroll is added to the pot; wrong answers result in deductions from the pot. The maximum win that a player can bag is the total of six highest dollar amounts or $1,150,000. However, the game can also end prematurely if the pot falls far below zero and the remaining dollars is not enough to make it positive for every right answer that the player can give.
On the other hand, if the player chooses a dancer that holds the killer card, a “sudden death” question will be asked. The player has to answer correctly or else the game will end immediately, leaving the player with nothing.
Unfortunately, the show only taped seven episodes, of which only five were aired. It was canceled on December 15, 2006 due to continuously declining ratings.
-Katherine Garcia, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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