“Power of 10 is going to be the biggest-money game show in the history of television, and I really hope someone wins the US$10 million.” – Drew Carey.
This week 3 proudly premieres one of the most exciting new game shows since Deal or No Deal; Power of 10 premieres Wednesday, August 13th at 7:30 on TV3.
Hosted by Drew Carey (Whose Line is it Anyway?, The Drew Carey Show), Power of 10 reaches out all across America to poll thousands of people and ask them just about everything, yielding questions like “What percentage of Americans said they were virgins the day they got married?” and “How many Americans believe they are smarter than the president?”
Each week, contestants find out whether they have their finger on the pulse of the people and can accurately predict the results of the nationwide surveys. With the first question worth $1,000 and only five questions to answer, each one increasing 10 times in value, the contestant who has the best take on the American mind-set could walk away with a $10 million payday!
This concept proved interesting enough for Carey to return to television with another game show after swearing off them after Whose Line is it Anyway?
“I would have been quite happy to never, ever be on another TV game show,” Carey says, “but this sounded so interesting to me, I said I’d do it. It was a big thing that [Who Wants to be a Millionaire? executive producer] Michael Davies was doing it, and I think people who watch it will rethink what they believe America believes.”
Carey also said that since he does not know the answers to the questions, he gets to “play along with the contestants,” for whom he has often has much empathy.
“I feel for people when they play the game. I want them to win, and I want to help them make the right decision. I guess that shows through,” he says.
“You don’t want to cheat anyone out of their opportunity to make money, but if somebody’s making a guess that’s so far off, you kind of have to go, ‘Whoa! Don’t blow it!’
And with US$10 million on the line it’s certainly easy to lose your nerve and “blow it”. Let’s hope our first bunch of contestants won’t have that problem when Power of 10 premieres on Wednesday, August 13th at 7:30 on TV3.