TV Review: ‘Crowd Rules’

TV Review: ‘Crowd Rules’
The particulars of “Crowd Rules” – an especially cheap gameshow, which is kind of amusing amid all the high-stakes finance on CNBC – are less interesting than the idea, and the business-news channel branching out to accommodate such an exercise. Produced by Michael Davies – who tried, and failed, with CBS’ similarly themed “The Job” – the show offers tips to small businesses, with a trio of companies vying for a chintzy $50,000 prize. Diminished expectations might be the best thing the program has going for it, though if forced to commit, it’s at best a “hold” recommendation.

The series derives its title from the fact the studio audience (less a “crowd,” really, than a few dozen people with too much time on their hands) determines who survives from round to round and ultimately claims the money. Along the way, the participants get a chance to plead their case, while a rotating “business expert” examines and appraises their operations.
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