It's another US program heading to Australia!
Channel 7 has acquired the rights to NBC's 'The Wall', a family-friendly quiz show where teams of two hope to win 'life-changing' amounts of cash.
Hosted by Axle Whitehead, 'The Wall' is a five-story-tall pegboard, similar to a Plinko or bean machine. The bottom of the board is divided into 15 slots marked with various dollar amounts, some of which increase as the game progresses. Seven numbered "drop zones" are situated at the top of the board - above the centre seven slots - from which balls can be dropped into play.
Contestants can walk away with a potential top prize of $US12 million. However, over the past two seasons, just three teams have managed to claim over six figures. Let's see how it works in the US.
Round 1: FREE FALL
In the first round, the team is asked a series of five questions, each with two answer choices. As each question is asked, three balls are released from drop zones 1, 4, and 7. The team must select one answer and lock it in before any portion of a ball crosses the threshold of a money slot. If the team's answer is correct, the balls turn green and their values are added to the team's bank. If the team answers incorrectly or fails to lock in an answer, the balls turn red and their values are subtracted from the team's bank.
Round 2: QUESTION TIME
At the start of the second round, the contestants are separated from each other for the remainder of the game. One enters an isolation chamber behind The Wall, while the other remains onstage. Two green balls are played and dropped from zones chosen by the onstage player. Three multiple-choice questions are then played, each with three answer choices. The onstage player is shown only the answers to each question, and must decide which zone to use, based on how confident he/she is that the isolated player can answer correctly.
The question and answers are then presented to the isolated player; after he/she responds, the ball is dropped from the chosen zone. A correct answer turns the ball green and adds the value of the slot it lands in to the team bank, while a miss turns the ball red and deducts the value. The isolated player is not told which of his/her answers are correct or given any information on the team bank.
Round 3: CHOICE, CHOICE!
Gameplay proceeds as in Round 2, but each of the three questions now has four answer choices. In addition, four green and four red balls are played at the start and end of the round respectively, and are dropped one at a time, rather than simultaneously.
After the third question in Round 3, the isolated player is sent a contract by the host and must either sign or destroy it. Signing the contract gives up the team bank in favor of a guaranteed payout, equal to the Free Fall winnings plus an additional $20,000 for every question answered correctly in Rounds 2 and 3. If the isolated player destroys the contract, the team receives their final bank total instead.
After the four red balls have dropped in Round 3 and the final bank is calculated, the isolated player returns to the stage to reveal his/her decision. Only at this point does he/she learn the number of correct answers given, the payout total, and the team's final bank. If the isolated player destroys the contract, the team receives their final bank total instead.
THE WALL is coming soon to Channel 7