‘The Wall’ is a game show that combines knowledge and luck. It features a two person team related by family, friendship or life experiences in each episode competing for a cash prize. The wall itself is a 40ft pegboard. Balls are dropped from the top of the wall and the pit in which the ball falls decides the amount of money to be added or reduced from the total prize earned till then, depending on the color of the ball, which can be either green or red. The maximum prize in the game is a little more than $12 million. The show has been developed by Andrew Glassman, LeBron James, and Maverick Carter. It airs on NBC and first premiered on December 19, 2016.

America loves its game shows and why not. Not only are they entertaining for the participants, but also for the viewers. Moreover, anyone can be part of these shows and winning a huge cash prize through a game show is perhaps one of the most basic versions of the American dream. Critics have drawn parallels to other trivia based shows like ‘ Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?’, ‘Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?’. However, there is no denying that within a few years, this game show has amassed a large fan following.

The Wall Cast: Who is in it?

The cast of ‘The Wall’ basically consists of the host and the participants. Since the participants are chosen from those who apply to be a part of the show, they are not declared till the episodes actually air. Just like the previous seasons, we expect to see completely fresh faces participating for the big cash prize in the next season as well.

While the participants might keep changing, the host of the show has remained constant over the seasons and is returning in the upcoming season as well. The host is none other than Chris Hardwick. Hardwick might be familiar to those who are fans of talk shows since he has several to his name. Some of the notable ones are ‘Talking with Chris Hardwick’, though more people might recognize him from ‘Talking Dead’, the hourly aftershow dedicated to ‘The Walking Dead‘ and ‘Fear the Walking Dead‘ that AMC airs. Hardwick also hosted such after-shows for ‘Breaking Bad‘ and had started to do so for ‘Better Call Saul‘ as well. The former is called ‘Talking Bad’ while the latter is ‘Talking Saul’. However, the popular host came under fire when there were allegations of sexual and emotional abuse made against him by Chloe Dykstra, his ex-girlfriend. Though, after investigation, he was cleared and is definitely returning to all his gigs, including ‘The Wall’.

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The Wall Plot: What is it about?

The show is divided into three rounds. The first round is called ‘Free Fall’, in which three balls are dropped from the top of the wall and the team has to answer the question before the balls fall in a money slot. The ball turns green or red depending on whether the answer given by the team is correct or not. If the ball is green the total amount of the three money slots in which the balls fall is added to the prize money and is deducted from the prize money if the ball turns red. A total of five questions are asked in this round and the maximum prize money is $350,000.

The contestants are separated for the next two rounds, with one of them sitting in isolation and answering the questions and the other one deciding the point on the wall from where the ball will be dropped down the wall. The contestant in isolation has no idea whether the answers given by him are correct or not. For every correct answer, a green ball is dropped down the wall and a red ball is dropped for a wrong answer. The maximum prize money for rounds 2 and 3 are $1,999,999 and $9,999,999 respectively. Each round has three questions with three and four options respectively.

After the third round, the contestant in isolation is given a contract and the contestant has to decide whether he wants to sign it or tear it. If the contract is signed the team receives the amount earned in the first round and $20,000 for each correct answer in the next two rounds. If the contract is torn, the team gets the amount earned at the end of the third round.

The Vulture has categorized this show as the most American game show ever, saying, “In many ways, The Wall embodies values that are distinctly red, white, and blue. It attempts to sell us something new, even though its concept is really based on old ideas that someone put in a blender and mixed up just enough so they would seem fresh, which is the same guiding principle that has kept American capitalism running for decades.”

‘The Wall’ is likely to stick to the same format in the upcoming season as well, and Paul Telegdy, the President of Alternative & Reality Group at NBC Entertainment has said, “Not only is The Wall intense, heartwarming and funny, but if the ball drops into a high-dollar slot, an entire family’s fortune can be completely changed for the better. Huge congratulations to Universal Television Alternative Studio, Glassman Media and SpringHill Entertainment for producing a series that is not only compelling television but has the potential to be life-changing for our contestants.”

The Wall Season 3 Release Date: When will it premiere?

‘The Wall’ Season 2 premiered on May 8, 2017. On March 12, 2018, NBC renewed the show for a 20-episode third season. On April 1, 2019, the network announced that Season 3 is slated to premiere on June 20, 2019. An executive for Springhill Entertainment, the production company behind the show, said, “We’re proud to see people connecting with The Wall both at home and around the world in a way you don’t usually see with game shows. We created the format with the idea that families would all come together and root for these incredible stories, so to see that actually happening on a global scale is exciting and something we hope continues to grow.”

The Wall Trailer:

We don’t have a trailer, but you can check out a clip from the show below. If you have not seen the series and enjoy game shows, this might be right up your alley.

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