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The Wall is an American television game show broadcast by NBC, which premiered on December 19, 2016. The show is hosted by Chris Hardwick, who also serves as executive producer on the show along with LeBron James, Maverick Carter, and Andrew Glassman.[1] On January 18, 2017, NBC ordered 20 additional episodes bringing the episode count to 30.[2] On March 12, 2018, The Wall was renewed for the third season with 20 episodes.[3]

The Wall
TheWallNBCLogo.jpg
GenreGame show
Developed byAndrew Glassman
LeBron James
Maverick Carter
Directed byAlan Carter
Michael Dempsey
Presented byChris Hardwick
Theme music composerMichael Lord
Opening themeBehind The Wall
Ending themeWall of Will and Trophies
Composer(s)Michael Lord
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes30
Production
Executive producer(s)Chris Hardwick
LeBron James
Andrew Glassman
Maverick Carter
Production location(s)Warner Bros. Studios, Burbank, California (2016-2018)
Universal Studios, Universal City, California (2018-present)
Camera setupmulti-camera
Running time42–44 minutes
Production company(s)Glassman Media
SpringHill Entertainment
CORE Media Group
DistributorUniversal Television
Endemol Shine Group
Release
Original networkNBC
Picture format1080i HDTV (16:9)
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseDecember 19, 2016 –
present
External links
Website

Two special episodes aired on November 22, 2017 and December 27, 2017. A special Christmas themed episode aired on December 4, 2017.[4] The second half of the second season premiered on January 1, 2018.

In 2018, Telemundo announced plans for a Spanish-language version of The Wall to premiere in 2019. The game show will be hosted by Marco Antonio Regil.

GameplayEdit

The Wall is a four-story-tall (40 ft) pegboard, similar to a pachinko game or bean machine; it also is similar to the Plinko board used for the pricing game of the same name on The Price Is Right. The bottom of the board is divided into 15 slots marked with various U.S. dollar amounts; eight of these range from $1 to $100 and remain constant throughout the game, while the others have higher values and increase from round to round. Seven numbered "drop zones" are centered at the top of the board (above the center seven slots), from which balls can be dropped into play.

A team of two contestants plays each game, with a potential top prize of $12,374,994.[5][6] Green balls dropped on the board will add to the team's bank, while red balls dropped on the board will subtract from it. Throughout the game, the bank has a floor of $0.

Round 1: Free FallEdit

In Free Fall, the team is asked a series of five questions, each with two answer choices. As each question is asked, three balls are simultaneously 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.

If the team's bank balance is zero at the end of this round, the game is over and they leave without any winnings. If not, their earnings become part of a guaranteed payout to be offered to them at the end of the game. The highest amount that a team can bank in this round is $375,000.

The values on the board range from $1 to $25,000, and are arranged as follows:

$1 $5,000 $100 $20,000, $10 $10,000 $1 $25,000 $1 $10,000 $10 $20,000 $100 $5,000 $1

Round 2Edit

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 simultaneously, 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.

The onstage player is offered an opportunity to "Double Up" on the second question and "Triple Up" on the third; these options allow him/her to play two or three balls from the selected drop zone instead of one, respectively.

After the third question, if the banked total is at least $3 (as the least that could be lost from two red balls is $2), two red balls are dropped simultaneously from the same zones that were chosen for the initial two green balls. The maximum amount that a team can bank in this round is $1,999,998.

The values on the board range from $1 to $250,000, and are arranged as follows:

$1 $5,000 $100 $10,000 $10 $25,000 $1 $50,000 $1 $100,000 $10 $125,000 $100 $250,000 $1

Round 3Edit

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. The "Double Up" and "Triple Up" options are available as before.

The maximum amount that a team can bank in this round is $9,999,996.

The values on the board range from $1 to $1,000,000, and are arranged as follows:

$1 $50,000 $100 $100,000 $10 $200,000 $1 $300,000 $1 $400,000 $10 $500,000 $100 $1,000,000 $1

Final DecisionEdit

After the third question in Round 3, the isolated player is sent a contract by the host, and he/she must sign it or tear it up. 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 tears up 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 (or after the last question if there is less than $4 banked), 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.

The maximum possible guaranteed payout is $495,000, obtained by scoring $375,000 in Free Fall and answering all questions correctly in Rounds 2 and 3. The maximum possible bank total is $12,374,994, obtained by answering every question correctly, using every Double Up and Triple Up option, having every green ball drop into the highest-valued slot, and having the six mandatory red balls each drop into a $1 slot.

EpisodesEdit

Color key

     The contestants left with at least $1,000,000.
     The contestants left with the larger possible amount.
     The contestants left with the smaller possible amount.
     The contestants left with nothing.

Season 1Edit

Episode Contestants Guaranteed Payout Contract Final Bank Total Contract Decision
Free Fall Bank Correct Answers (Bonus) Total Offer
1 John and Angel $65,213 5 ($100,000) $165,213 $1,300,010 Rejected
2 Chris and Katie $35,132 4 ($80,000) $115,132 $0 Rejected
3 Mike and Shana $10,121 2 ($40,000) $50,121 $529,921 Rejected
4 Jarrod and Shantell $75,001 3 ($60,000) $135,001 $950,011 Accepted
5 Matt and Jean $45,014 2 ($40,000) $85,014 $1,100,098 Rejected
6 Ebony and Deanna $170,105 2 ($40,000) $210,105 $194,896 Accepted
7 Nathan and Erica $30,301 3 ($60,000) $90,301 $349,890 Rejected
8 Katie and Kevin $140,013 3 ($60,000) $200,013 $299,969 Rejected
9 Darnell and Dion $35,112 0 ($0) $35,112 $0 Rejected
10 Ashle and Xandi $100,313 1 ($20,000) $120,313 $0 Accepted

Season 2Edit

Episode Contestants Guaranteed Payout Contract Final Bank Total Contract Decision
Free Fall Bank Correct Answers (Bonus) Total Offer
1 Ryan and Stephanie $45,214 5 ($100,000) $145,214 $570,344 Rejected
2 Noah and Lisa $110,312 4 ($80,000) $190,312 $1,095,498 Rejected
3 Milton and Aaryn $65,004 3 ($60,000) $125,004 $520,095 Rejected
4 Lenny and Sharon $50,320 5 ($100,000) $150,320 $850,632 Accepted
5 Delvar and Bonnie $15,221 2 ($40,000) $55,221 $399,792 Rejected
6 Jeff and Jamie $20,011 3 ($60,000) $80,011 $0 Rejected
7 Chris and Paris $100,043 2 ($40,000) $140,231 $0 Accepted
8 Angela and Jodi $115,322 4 ($80,000) $195,322 $220,333 Accepted
9 Tomeka and Andre $65,241 2 ($40,000) $105,241 $0 Accepted
10 Erin and Rachael $115,024 4 ($80,000) $195,024 $0 Rejected
11 Sheriese and Kieara $74,912 3 ($60,000) $134,912 $50,012 Rejected
12 Ruben and Sandy $135,111 3 ($60,000) $195,111 $0 Accepted
13 Cassandra and Victoria $130,102 3 ($60,000) $190,102 $0 Accepted
14 Prince and Chris $100,043 3 ($60,000) $160,043 $159,813 Rejected
15 Niko and Kassie $155,313 1 ($20,000) $175,313 $740,500 Rejected
16 Victor and Evelyn $85,124 3 ($60,000) $145,124 $499,899 Rejected
17 Jakia and Shana $90,232 4 ($80,000) $170,232 $565,422 Rejected
18 Brooke and Cody $70,210 3 ($60,000) $130,210 $0 Rejected
19 Steve and Nick $49,891 2 ($40,000) $89,891 $899,881 Accepted
20 Brooke and Kirk $35,023 3 ($60,000) $95,023 $1,415,098 Rejected

Critical receptionEdit

The Wall has received mixed reviews by critics. Jan Chaney of Vulture dubbed The Wall as being "the most stereotypically American game show on television right now" and "absurd yet undeniably diverting."[7] Chaney criticized the show for making "attempts to sell us something new, even though its concept is really based on old ideas [...] mixed up just enough [to] seem fresh".[7]

Bethonie Butler of the Chicago Tribune agreed that "The Wall looks a lot like the famed Plinko game from CBS", but qualified that "originality is relative when it comes to game shows", remarking on the similarity between popular trivia game shows such as Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? and Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?[8]

MerchandiseEdit

European productionEdit

In Europe the production is made in a studio in Poland where the 4 storeys high wall is located. the crew of the show are mostly a local Polish crew and the producers, the host and participants flown in time to the filming of the show.

International versionsEdit

Legend:      Currently airing        No longer airing        Upcoming version  

Country Title Presenter Channel Airdates Top prize
  Arab World The Wall الجـدار Mohammad Sal MBC 1[9] February 14, 2018 – May 2, 2018 SR300,000
  Argentina The Wall: Construye tu vida Marley Telefe[10][11] October 1, 2017 – December 31, 2017 AR$200,000
  Australia The Wall Axle Whitehead Seven Network[12] October 30, 2017 – November 19, 2017 A$1,000,000
  Belgium
(  Flanders)
The Wall: De muur die geeft en neemt Niels Destadsbader VTM[13] September 4, 2017 – November 7, 2017 100,000
  Brazil The Wall
(part of Caldeirão do Huck)
Luciano Huck Rede Globo[14] March 10, 2018 – present R$150,000
  Bulgaria Стената TBA Nova TV TBA 50,000 lev
  Canada
(  Quebec)
Face au Mur Maripier Morin TVA[15] January 18, 2018 – March 2, 2018 C$200,000
  Chile The Wall Rafael Araneda Chilevisión[16] June 20, 2018 – August 29, 2018 CL$20,000,000
  Colombia The Wall Andrea Serna Caracol Televisión[17] January 30, 2018 – February 26, 2018 COP$200,000,000
  Czech Republic Velká Zeď TBA TV Nova TBA 3,000,000 Kc
  Denmark The Wall - Danmark Felix Smith Kanal 5[18] September 5, 2019 – present Kr 100,000
  Finland The Wall Suomi Heikki Paasonen Nelonen[19] September 22, 2018 – present 50,000
  France The Wall : Face au mur Christophe Dechavanne TF1[20][21] February 27, 2017 – August 18, 2018 150,000
  Germany The Wall Frank Buschmann RTL[22] July 1, 2017 – August 11, 2017 (Season 1)
August 3, 2018 – August 24, 2018 (Season 2)
250,000
  Greece
  Cyprus
The Wall Grigoris Arnaoutoglou ANT1[23] May 10, 2018 – July 27, 2018 €50,000
  Hungary A Fal Balázs Sebestyén RTL Klub[24][25] November 19, 2017 – June 8, 2018 Ft.8,000,000
  India (Tamil Nadu) The Wall Priyanka Deshpande and Ma Ka Pa Anand Star Vijay[26][27] October 12, 2019 – present 20,000,000
  Indonesia The Wall Indonesia Choky Sitohang GTV TBA Rp500,000,000
  Israel The Wall Zvika Hadar Reshet 13[28] February 5, 2018 – present 500,000
  Italy The Wall Gerry Scotti Canale 5[29] November 20, 2017 – present €100,000
  Netherlands BankGiro Loterij The Wall Winston Gerschtanowitz SBS 6[30] April 22, 2018 – May 27, 2018 (Season 1)
January 13, 2019 – present (Season 2)
€500,000
  Poland The Wall: Wygraj marzenia Paweł Orleański TVP1[31] (Seasons 1-4)
TVP2 (Season 4)
September 22, 2017 – December 29, 2017 (Season 1)
January 5, 2018 – June 9, 2018 (Season 2)
September 14, 2018 – January 4, 2019 (Season 3)
100,000
Maciej Kurzajewski March 8, 2019 – October 6, 2019 (Season 4)
  Romania The Wall – Marele Zid Valentin Butnaru Antena 1[32] September 13, 2017 – present 150,000 Leu
  Russia Стена Andrey Malakhov Russia 1[33] October 22, 2017 – December 9, 2017 5,000,000 Ruble
  Spain The Wall: Cambia tu vida Carlos Sobera Telecinco[34] June 23, 2017 – September 8, 2017 €100,000
  Thailand The Wall กำแพงพลิกชีวิต Vuthithorn "Woody" Milintachinda ONE HD[35][36] January 6, 2018 – July 21, 2018 ฿500,000
Pakchanok Wo-Onsri October 20, 2018 – April 30, 2019
Asiwat Nopphiromchai Channel 3HD TBA ฿800,000
  United Kingdom The Wall Danny Dyer BBC One[37] October 12, 2019 – present £50,000
  United States
(in Spanish)
The Wall Marco Antonio Regil Telemundo 2019 $200,000
  Uruguay The Wall: Cumplí tu Sueño Rafael Cotelo Canal 10[38] March 13, 2018 – present U$300,000
  Vietnam Tường lửa Trường Giang VTV3[39] July 18, 2019 – October 3, 2019 VND500,000,000

See alsoEdit

  • Peggle – a similar game published by PopCap Games
  • Tipping Point – a similar game show airing in the United Kingdom, whereby counters worth £50 are dropped into a "win zone" to win money
  • The Price Is Right – the Plinko game is similar to this game show

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