The Line did not have too much press attention or reviews of any sort prior to its debut last night. In my personal opinion, The Line did not need any of that.
The Line was two great hours filled with trivia-based questions, similar to those on The Chase, only the questions on The Line were true and false. The Line was actually quite addictive, fast-paced and made me stay tuned to the entire two hours.
Originally, I thought the two-hour special would put less focus on the questions and more focus on those standing in the line and playing stunts. Turned out for the entire two hours, two stunts were seen, and unlike some on Minute to Win It, both these stunts were interesting and nail-biting. The first stunt featured ten people, randomly selected from the middle of the line working together to loop a hula-hoop through all ten of them in a straight line and back in 90 seconds. The second stunt in the last hour saw two groups of five having to balance an over-sized ball to fit on top of a trash can. The catch in both of these stunts: whoever succeeded moved to the front of the line, whoever failed got pushed to the back.
In the end, about 80% of the airtime for The Line focused on questions, 10% spent on stunts, 5% spent on background stories and the last 5% spent on people in line (including a lucky envelope which got one contestant up to the front of the line).
Jeff Davis did a fine job hosting and interviewing those in the very long line while Candace Bailey stayed positive and cheerful for those who were about to enter "The Vault." Each maintained their positions the whole two hours: Davis interviewed those in line and Bailey remained at the front of the line and greeted those who exited The Vault either with losses or big wins.
I personally loved "The Vault" segment of The Line, where eight true or false questions can win you "The Jackpot", with each correct answer worth $250 and accumulated to the next person to enter the vault.
We did get to see two big wins--one of $13,000 and the final at $18,000. Davis and Bailey claimed at the end of the special that during the time they spent in Nashville, The Line gave out over $150,000 in cash and prizes.
Overall, 4.5 out of 5 stars. I do think ratings for this special will be lower than GSN would want. The day before Christmas Eve is one of the two biggest traveling days of the year. Lots of people were traveling or already away. But in the end, I LOVED The Line.
Interesting enough, at the very end of the show the two hosts said The Line will continue to travel to "cities near you." I'll hold GSN to that.