Contestants selected from a contestant pool must face off in a series of duels. They are competing to win cash at the end of each game, but the ultimate objective is to win five duels and ... See full summary »
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 Chip Girl (10 episodes, 2008)
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 Himself - Host (6 episodes, 2007)
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Contestants selected from a contestant pool must face off in a series of duels. They are competing to win cash at the end of each game, but the ultimate objective is to win five duels and take home $500,000. Three contestants are randomly selected to have a shot at each match. The current champion then chooses his/her challenger, based only on the appearance of the challengers and small amounts of personal information given. Though contestants remain in the pool, some will never be chosen. In each game, players are given ten chips. They then face a series of multiple-choice (four answers each) trivia questions. A screen goes up so that opponent's actions cannot be seen. Players are allowed to place a chip on just one answer, or as many as all four, assuming they have enough chips remaining. The first question is worth $1000 and the questions rise in value until the last questions, which is worth $50,000. Contestants have as much time as they like to answer, unless they are Pressed. ...

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20 December 2007 | by (Tulsa OK) – See all my reviews

I find "Deal or No Deal" so annoying anymore, that if I watch it occasionally, it is mostly without sound. As it continues on-air, the pure "lottery" aspect becomes even more difficult to ignore, the silliness of most of the contestants (and their family/friends on-stage) borders upon (or reaches!) the unbearable. And the stupid decisions made resulting in a contestant rejecting 6 figures and then leaving with $1,000 or less is also frustrating to watch.

As far as this show, "Duel," is concerned, my feelings about it are pretty much opposite. The questions are a mixture of pure trivia and those requiring higher intelligence - so a contestant will be tested, whether his/her I.Q. is, say, 105 or 50-60%+ higher into the genius range. There is strategy in risking the original stake the two contestants in each match have at its beginning, and reward available for speed, strategy and (potentially) for risk.

Tom Shales skewered this show and the host in his review, while comparing it with "Deal...," which he praised by comparison. I couldn't disagree more.

In addition to enjoying the format (and the mostly reasonably-restrained, likable contestants) - I'm a huge fan of Mike Greenberg, the co-host of the "Mike and Mike" show on ESPN with Mike Golic, and the other work he has done on that network. He's intelligent, engaging and personable - and while Shales apparently felt his approach as "MC" here to be off-putting (my word), I found it refreshing when compared with most game show or reality hosts.

It's not perfect, but I'd rate it 10* in view of what else is out there in this genre.


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