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Saturday
Apr132013

New Game Show "Bet On Your Baby" Premieres Saturday

Nicole Wilder/ABC via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The new ABC game show Bet On Your Baby premieres this Saturday night with back-to-back episodes, beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern time.

On the show, families will place bets on what their toddlers' next move will be inside a play room. They will later take part in another game that will give one family the opportunity to win $50,000 towards a college education for their child.

Bet On Your Baby is hosted by former Reba actress Melissa Peterman.

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Wednesday
Sep262012

Couple Sues Fox over Alleged ‘Trick Question’ on Game Show

Adam Gault/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A couple is suing Fox, claiming the network dropped the ball when they were asked a "trick question" on a short-lived game show that aired over a year ago.

The show in question is Million Dollar Money Drop, which aired from December 2010 to February 2011 and was hosted by Kevin Pollack.

Andrew and Patricia Murray claim in their lawsuit that they lost 580 thousand dollars on a question that they perceive to be misleading, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

They were asked to identify the most common computer password, based on information from the data security firm Imperva. The options were "Password," "123456," and "I Love You," and the couple went with "Password."

The correct answer, according to the show, was "123456," but, the Murrays allege, it was based on analysis of a hacking incident involving the website RockYou.com, and not an overall survey of computer users. The couple says the question was unfair because it lacked comprehensive research.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.

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Monday
Feb142011

Man vs. Computer Debuts on 'Jeopardy!'

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The game show Jeopardy! will pit man against machine.  In episodes airing Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, two of the game show's most successful contestants, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, will test their knowledge against the IBM computing system “Watson,” named after IBM founder Thomas J. Watson.

The winner will receive $1 million, the runner-up will earn $300,000, and the third-place finisher will be awarded $200,000.  Jennings and Rutter will donate half of their winnings to charity. “Watson” won't get any money -- IBM is donating all of the computer's winnings to charity.

Jennings gained national attention by winning 74 consecutive Jeopardy! games and more than $2.5 million in 2004 and 2005. Jennings says the computer won during a recent test run, but was not infallible.

Rutter holds the record for the most money ever won on Jeopardy!, having earned nearly $3.26 million over the course of numerous appearances on the show in 2002 and 2005.

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Wednesday
Dec222010

Did New Fox Game Show Make an $800,000 Mistake?

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Fox’s new game show, Million Dollar Drop, just premiered this past Monday, but it already finds itself in a bit of a controversy after a couple appeared to answer a question correctly, only to see themselves lose $800,000.

The couple was asked the following question: “Which of these items was sold first in stores?”  The choices were: Macintosh Computer, Sony Walkman or Post-It Notes.

Million Dollar Drop gives contestants $1 million at the start of the game.  The rules require contestants to place that $1 million on trap doors which correspond to the different possible answers.  If an answer is wrong, the trap door opens and any money placed on that space drops and is lost.

The couple argued about which answer was correct before wagering a majority of their money -- $800,000 -- that Post-It Notes was sold first.  The couple lost the cash when host Kevin Pollack announced the Mac was sold in 1984, Post-It Notes in 1980 and the Sony Walkman in 1979.

But not so fast, Fox.  The official Post-It Notes Facebook page states the little stickers were first introduced in 1977, two years before the Walkman, making Post-Its the correct answer.  Art Fry, the inventor of Post-It Notes, told the Dec. 3 issue of Financial Times that the product was test-marketed in four cities in 1977 as “Press and Peel.”  A 1984 article in People magazine also says Post-Its was first introduced in 1977.

The confusion appears to be due to the fact that Post-Its were not sold nationally until 1980.  But the question didn't ask which item was sold first nationally, only which was sold first in stores.

The couple had hedged their bet by placing $80,000 on the Walkman, but they lost most of that cash later in the show.  Fox has not yet commented on the incident.

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