|Bob Saget hosted 1 vs. 100 on NBC|
I liked all formats of 1 vs. 100. The first NBC season, before the money ladder, featured the contestant, after answering the question correctly, earning money per each mob member knocked out (varied $1,000 for the first few questions, then $2,000, $3,000 and so forth). The money ladder was great too and a cheaper option.
|Carrie Ann Inaba hosted 1 vs. 100|
on GSN for one season in 2010. In the
summer of 2011, Inaba pushed GSN
for a second season but did not get it.
Think about it. Millionaire worked well with the big money aspect. So did The Chase on GSN.
The GSN version of 1 vs. 100 did have a "$100K week", where the top prize was doubled which received high marks from the same people/groups who criticized the $50,000 prize as "too low".
The only criticism I have of 1 vs. 100, despite its two premature cancellations, were the "helps". "Ask the Mob", which was not included on the GSN version, was a waste. The contestant talked to two random mob members, one with the correct answer and one with an incorrect answer. With proper strategy, favoring the mob, the incorrect mob member could say "I am 100% sure because I know background on this question" while the correct mob member could say "I just guessed". Remember, the mob was supposed to be against the contestant. "Ask the Mob" was not used on the GSN version because some mob members, filmed by webcam, were previously recorded.
"Poll the Mob" and "Trust the Mob" were the better two. "Poll the Mob" did not pay off a lot while "Trust the Mob", a huge risk, mostly paid off.
Another criticism I had about 1 vs. 100 is that it was a very tough format on the solo contestant. A "Plus One" help, similar to Millionaire, would have given a better chance of success to a contestant. It was also extremely rough on 1 vs. 100 when a contestant answered one question wrong and left with $0. I thought there should have been an option where a contestant could opt out in the middle of a question, leave with half the money earned and the remaining mob members split the other half of the contestant's winnings. The good news was winnings were split between the remaining mob members (which was still a good chunk of change-usually hundreds or thousands of dollars per mob member).
1 vs. 100 was a ratings success. Why 1 vs. 100 did not get renewed on NBC? At the time, mid-2008, Deal or No Deal was fading and NBC apparently wanted to move on. Recall that the success of Deal or No Deal gave us 1 vs. 100 and at times, served as lead-in (8pm) to 1 vs. 100 (9pm). Why 1 vs. 100 did not get renewed on GSN? The original production halt of 2011-12 which tied up Lingo, Love Triangle, Drew Carey's Improv-a-Ganza and Baggage too.
1 vs. 100 can definitely be revived. I hope a network sees the potential.