I’ve never made a secret of my appreciation for Bob Saget. And apparently, I’m not alone. The producers of Deal or No Deal thought he was the only host for their new five-week quiz show, 1 vs. 100, which premieres tonight on NBC at 9 p.m. (then moves Oct. 20 to Full House‘s old 8 p.m. slot). Why Saget? I’m guessing it’s because a) the man can wear a suit b) he’ll actually shake contestants’ hands and c) even though we know he likes to talk dirty — see: appearances in The Aristocrats and on Entourage, the rap video ”Rollin’ with Saget,” the stand-up single ”Danny Tanner Was Not Gay,” and the forthcoming movie Farce of the Penguins — we’re still surprised when Bob works blue. (A preview of tonight‘s TV-PG-rated 1 vs. 100 premiere: A contestant asks, ”Who would turn down $100,000?” Saget answers, ”I know a girl who would.”)
As for the obvious question — will 1 vs. 100 be a Deal-sized hit? –the answer is: quite possibly. Another successful foreign import (it originated in Holland), the show shares DOND’s ability to make you yell at the television but actually tests more than your luck and guts. The top prize is still $1 million, which you win only by outlasting a group of 100 people, known as the Mob, in a game of multiple-choice, one-strike-and-you’re-out trivia. The player earns money each time a member of the Mob is retired. He can end the game after any correct answer and walk away with the current kitty; but if he continues and answers incorrectly, the Mob splits the pot. Tonight’s Mob includes everyone from a few DOND models to Ken Freakin’ Jennings (which would’ve scored Saget a kick square in the nuts if I’d been a contestant). I know I probably shouldn’t reveal this, but SPOILER ALERT: Jennings is not among the eight Mob members who believe that the Hawaiian appetizer often found on an Asian-cuisine menu is a ”Ka-Ka Combo” or ”Du-Du Delight.”
What do you think: Will 1 vs. 100 be a hit? Will Saget finally be identified by a credit that’s not Full House or America’s Funniest Home Videos? Will I ever get out of the $30,000-range in the show’s online game?
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