‘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.