One week after the Winsanity premiere and with new episodes tonight, let's take a look at how the internet viewed Winsanity:
"no @TheChaseUSA & @ChainReactionUS makes @GSN dull 2 me! #winsanity is not as good/challenging!.morons running #GSN? #CreativeTVIsDead" -@G77rich on Twitter
Response: To clarify, this is an individual who enjoys smarter quizzers like The Chase and Chain Reaction, while Winsanity is very common knowledge. I made a point that GSN was "dumbing down on quizzers" last November when Winsanity was green-lit. Unfortunately The Chase and Chain Reaction skewed too old. Winsanity is creative, but I will agree for me, and this Twitter user, that Winsanity is easier and a "dumbed down" quizzer.
"I was disappointed. Faison looked like he was forcing the excitement. The game has some illogical rules (if the contestant loses, the audience does too; a replacement contestant can win the grand prize with only one answer while the original contestant has to be perfect, etc.)" -DwWashburn on GameShowFollies
Response: I share disagreement here. I felt Faison expressed real excitement on Winsanity, unlike John O'Hurley in his last season of Family Feud. The contestant(s) were pumped, the audience was excited to potentially win prizes which contributes to Faison's excitement. For the audience losing with the contestant, it's a team effort. The audience is allowed to shout out with cheers and boos if they agree with the contestant. That is why audience members are able to talk to the contestant directly when the production staff passes around microphones. As for the replacement contestant winning the grand prize, technically the grand prize includes "$5,000 and a car" per contestant, whereas the replacement contestant gets $5,000 and not a car. I would assume the new car is worth a lot more than $5,000 if you want to sell it. I think $5,000 and no car for a replacement contestant is fair.
"I'm not crazy about the gal who is the announcer/sidekick-she annoys me the same way JD Roberto did as TPIR announcer."-TLEberle on Game Show Forum
Response: I believe Kira Soltanovich is a good addition, but not a necessary addition (necessary like Mikki on Catch 21 or Vanna on Wheel of Fortune). I do not believe she is too annoying, it's nice having an announcer, she may add a little humor but I have never seen her as a negative compared to the above TPIR example.
"One minor quibble I have is that the volume level of the audience makes TPIR looks tame. " -BillCullen1 On Game Show Forum
Response: This has turned in to a complaint of mine now that I have let two episodes of Winsanity settle. There is a lot of focus on the screaming, loud audience that goes too nuts at times, multiple times an episode. I get that a $100 gift card is a big deal-or a four day vacation to Hawaii is a bigger deal. The over-reacting audience is something I wish could be cut back in the editing room.
"Amid all the hooting and hollering, the actual gameplay proceeds at the pace of a sedate snail. It took a half-hour to get through one contestant and ten facts, which meant plenty of loud filler. But Winsanity is not a lot slower than Millionaire, after all. And it's more fun." -Casey Abell
Response: I noticed this when I watched Winsanity back that there is a lot of time wasted with the audience hollering. I do not think there would be harm in twelve facts per episode as long as there are still four rounds (4-3-2-1 fact(s) currently which could get changed to 6-3-2-1). Four rounds equal the same amount of prizes and actually (cost-wise) a greater chance someone could get a fact stacked incorrectly. For the record, when Winsanity was first in production, there were only seven numerical facts, not ten. Agreed that Winsanity is faster than Millionaire. It would have to be a very fortunate episode this past year for ten questions per episodes on Millionaire, where in some episodes with higher money amounts and intensity, there have only been five questions per episode.