Give or Receive: The $XXX,000 Pyramid
Posted Jan 1, 2004 @ 11:12 PM
We all make fun of Dick Clark over the years (me too), but year after year he did a superior job hosting this show: putting the civilians at their ease, slipping in the celeb plugs for their current projects without letting it get smarmy, being encouraging and yet being able to say "We can be pretty sure you haven't a prayer of winning this round" without being hurtful. I never get tired of the Pyramid.
Posted Jan 5, 2004 @ 9:26 AM
Does anyone think it's funny that they could win more money in the old days than now? Shouldn't they have upped the prize money a bit? Do they even have a $100,000 tournament now? I think the max you can win now (at once) is only $25,000, correct me if I'm wrong.
And [/B]Rinaldo[B], it's funny you mention how Dick Clark talked to the contestants. I just caught a rerun where he did make a couple of comments about how the person had no chance. He wasn't hurtful but he did sound a bit rude, I was a bit surprised at what he said. I guess it's better than being falsely encouraging though.
I love Donny though, and I think he's a good host.
I would love to try out for this show, but I don't know if they take Canadian contestants. Plus I would probably have to pay my own way, which means I could end up losing money, if I don't win enough to cover the trip.
Posted Jan 5, 2004 @ 9:32 AM
Posted Jan 8, 2004 @ 10:48 AM
Who does everyone think were the best celebrity players? One whom I greatly disliked was Henry Polic, even though he eventually went on to hosting -- he seemed generally rude and bitchy, and one could often hear him "correcting" his partners as to what they should have done, as we faded to commercial.
But I did like LeVar Burton and Shelley Smith (noted above). And Linda Kelsey, Lois Nettleton, Brian Mitchell (pre-Stokes), Charles Siebert, Nathan Cook, Vicki Lawrence, and Billy Crystal.
Posted Jan 14, 2004 @ 9:54 AM
I don't know all of the celebrities on your list, but I'd also add Betty White.
I feel bad for the current players when they are paired with a celeb that is not a great player. Of course, most of them are gracious but I did see one guy get visibly pissed off - he was practically snapping at his partner and after the round ended he sat there sulking. But then he was paired with the other celebrity and ended up winning the money, so he cracked a smile.
Donny is on Ellen DeGeneres this week, I think Friday, if anyone is interested.
Posted Jan 14, 2004 @ 12:12 PM
That's why they switch off, so each contestant plays a game with each celeb.
I feel bad for the current players when they are paired with a celeb that is not a great player
If I was a celeb and played badly enough to cost the person the game (in the Pyramid round), I would probably feel so guilty that I would just give them the money they would have won. Another reason the 10K & 25K needs to be upgraded.
Posted Jan 14, 2004 @ 2:28 PM
I would think they should have them audition, just to make sure the celeb doesn't have a problem with reading out loud, giving/receiving fast clues, etc. Seems obvious but I wonder sometimes, especially during Olympic week when they had an athlete who didn't seem to have the best grasp of English.
Posted Jan 14, 2004 @ 4:05 PM
Was he/she a member of the US Olympic team? If not & English isn't the first language of his/her country, I'll cut some slack. But if it was someone from the US, then that's one of the saddest things I've heard.
during Olympic week...they had an athlete who didn't seem to have the best grasp of English
Posted Jan 14, 2004 @ 4:39 PM
Posted Jan 14, 2004 @ 6:55 PM
iMissEthan, I should have been more specific that the person was not from the US. Can you imagine? And I'm not holding it against him that English isn't his first language, it just seemed to affect his playing of the game, which is why I thought it was unfair.
Posted Jan 16, 2004 @ 10:20 AM
Although we might have heard that, back in the day of Bosom Buddies. (Though as far as I know he never went on the show back then.)
Do you think they make the celebs "audition", or do they just take who they can get (obviously you will never hear: "Playing with Susie Smith, a legal assistant from Alabama, is Tom Hanks!")
I have no inside info, but I get the impression that any "auditioning" they do for the celebs is minimal. The reason I say this is that (I'm talking about the "old" show, which is the one I know best) they had some pretty visible failures on camera, who would surely have been caught by any thorough pre-screening. They would simply play out their "week" (actually all taped in a day, right?) and not be asked back.
The main example I'm thinking of, and I think I mentioned him on the old thread, is Luis Avalos, a very fine actor (some will remember him as a regular on The Electric Company, but he's done a lot over the years) who was featured in the Carol Burnett spoof miniseries Fresno, and on the basis of that was invited on the Pyramid. He did fine on the regular rounds, went to the winner's circle... and could. not. talk. without using his hands. I know it sounds sleazy and believing-in-stereotypes for me to describe this, but I'm reporting it as it happened. He himself said it immediately afterward, "I'm sorry, I'm a Latin, I need my hands to talk!" And with his arms strapped down he could utter only gasps. I felt so bad for him, I couldn't even watch the next day, so I don't know if they kept him on for the whole week (I imagine they did). Poor guy.
Posted Jan 16, 2004 @ 10:18 PM
Posted Jan 27, 2004 @ 5:58 PM
Posted Feb 1, 2004 @ 12:13 PM
Grace: Okay, you give, I'll receive.
Will: Just as God intended it.
Also? Definitely not missing this week's Friends. Hilarity will ensue, I'm sure.
Edited by RainIsBeautiful, Feb 1, 2004 @ 12:13 PM.
Posted Sep 20, 2005 @ 2:22 PM
Yes, I'm a total geek. But we'd play at parties and family get-togethers and have a great time. It's still a professional goal of mine to produce Pyramid for TV again.
Posted Sep 20, 2005 @ 4:01 PM
Posted Sep 20, 2005 @ 6:51 PM
I must say though...that bonus round was one of the best created.
Posted Sep 21, 2005 @ 11:09 AM
Posted Sep 21, 2005 @ 12:19 PM
Don't Will and Grace play the home version of Pyramid in several episodes of that show?
Posted Sep 21, 2005 @ 2:18 PM
GSN shows reruns of the $100,000 version. I forgot if they have any of the other dollar amounts in their library.
I know GSN used to have a few episodes of The $10,000 Pyramid along with some $20Ks from the 70's along with the $25K & $100Ks from the 80s.
The Family Channel even used to air repeats of the short-lived $50,000 Pyramid. I haven't seen anyone air the Bill Cullen $25Ks from the 70s or John Davidson's $100Ks from 1990.
The Donny version was just too casual - no drama no suspense whatsoever
Lots of problems with Donny's version, though I agree he did a good job...at least better then Davidson!
1) Theme music: The original Pyramid theme had sort of a regal feel to it...a sense of importance. The techno-crap on Donny's show is pretty much unidentifyable fluff.
2) Categories: The names were too much like from Win Ben Stein's Money. It just added to the feeling that they didn't take things very seriously.
3) The $100K tournament: Not much of a tournament. No guaranteed $100K winner. Only 3 days. Pretty Lame!
4) Top prize money: Adjusted for inflation, $10,000 just doesn't seem like a lot of money anymore. Would've liked to see them bump it up to $20K/$50K with maybe a $250K tournament. Would really like to see the pilot Donny did for a $1,000,000 Pyramid.
5) Camera shots: Too many cuts and close-ups during game play. If you watch the older shows, sitting on that 2-shot actually helped create suspense.
6) The big Pyramid: I liked the truss work, but they put very little special effect lighting on it. The Pyramid is supposed to be a larger-than-life opponent to be conquered, that "dances" when defeated! Donny's just had no life, no personality.
7) No dollar amount in the title: "Pyramid" just doesn't sound like as big a deal as "The $100,000 Pyramid."
But having said all that, I think Donny deserved to be on the air longer than 2 seasons with that show. I hope they both get another shot at it.
Posted Oct 4, 2005 @ 11:00 AM
He always got the most excited of all the celebrities after a Pyramid win.
Wish I could think of a poem.
Posted Oct 4, 2005 @ 4:41 PM
You had only thirty seconds to hustle
When you were matched up with Mr. Russell
But few contestants were ever too ditzy
Not to win big with good ol' Nipsey
Posted Oct 5, 2005 @ 7:33 PM
Posted Oct 6, 2005 @ 12:51 AM
Posted Oct 10, 2005 @ 7:13 PM
How many contestants elected to give in the WC by the way? I can only remember a few and they all sucked.
You could easily tell who the better celebrities were. One major trap people fell into the first round was actually getting people to THINK of rather than just SAY the word. Fill in the blank is the best strategy in head to head. "Turkey in the ___" rather than "you find this in a barn, uh, uh..."
I felt the judges could sometimes be unnecessarily harsh in WC.
Posted Oct 11, 2005 @ 12:25 PM
Posted Nov 3, 2005 @ 5:33 PM
Posted Nov 7, 2005 @ 8:23 AM
Posted Nov 7, 2005 @ 12:57 PM
I agree. With the celebrity giving the clues, the contestant risks an illegal clue being given, and losing out on the big prize through no fault of their own. If the contestant gives the illegal clue, at least they caused their own loss.
I always thought that if I ever appeared on the show, I'd give the clues because I would have had more practice from playing at home.
Posted Nov 8, 2005 @ 5:51 PM