Tonight was the start of the show with William Shatner called Show Me the Money. Of course, no one should care about William Shatner, but instead the show is selling their Million Dollar Dancers which I am affectionately calling the 13 million dollar strippers. Why else would the show put stripper poles in the middle of the dancers. The producers know that they aren’t just showing the money.
My biggest complaint for the show is that it is during the exact time that Law and Order is on. Which normally isn’t a problem except for the fact that Law and Order SVU has really been incredible lately. Oh well, this show will be on more.
One thing that I don’t understand is why in the heck the show would ever show William Shatner dancing when there are 13 beautiful dancing girls on stage that could be on camera. Seeing William Shatner dancing is like fingernails on a chalkboard. It is an interesting mix of 1 vs 100, Deal or No Deal, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and at least a couple other game shows. Does that make it a copycat show? I guess we’ll just have to see how it does in the ratings.
Here’s a description of the new show:
Show Me the Money, a new high-octane variety/game show series hosted by Emmy-winning television legend William Shatner, will debut in a special preview, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14 (9:30-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Beginning on WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 22, the series will air in its regular time slot on WEDNESDAYS at 8:00-9:00 p.m., ET.
In Show Me the Money, contestants must answer a minimum of six trivia questions. After each answer, the contestant must choose from among thirteen stunning dancers on stage, each of whom holds a scroll with a dollar figure to be added or subtracted – for correct or incorrect answers — to the contestant’s total.
A correct answer, combined with choosing a dancer holding big money, can quickly catapult a player’s winnings into the millions. But a wrong answer, combined with the wrong dancer, can wipe out winnings in an instant. There is no opportunity to play it safe – contestants will be tempted to take the money and run but this rollercoaster ride of a game show requires that you play to the very end.
Adding to the variety aspect of the show are thirteen dazzling Million Dollar Dancers ready to break into any style of dance, while audacious master of ceremonies William Shatner spontaneously boogies with the beauties on stage.
With a career that spans some 50 years, Shatner is well known for originating the role of Captain James T. Kirk in the original Star Trek television series, and has remained a pop culture icon whose stature seems to grow with each passing year. Shatner will continue in his other ABC role, that of Denny Crane on ABC’s hit series Boston Legal, for which he has won back-to-back Emmy Awards.
Show Me the Money is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. David Goldberg is the president of Endemol USA. Endemol USA is a leading producer of television programming specializing in reality and non-scripted genres for network and cable television. The company produces hit series including ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Endemol USA is a division of Endemol Holding, a prominent international content developer, producer and distributor of television and online programming. The company, headquartered in the Netherlands, has subsidiaries and joint ventures in 21 countries, including the major European markets, the U.S., South Africa, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and Australia. Endemol Entertainment is a fully owned subsidiary of telecommunications giant Telefónica S.A., one of the largest companies in Spain. The series is executive-produced by Mike Nichols.