Sometimes the studio audience at a game show shouldn’t really even be there. But that’s not the case with Monopoly Millionaires Club, the brilliant game show hosted by Billy Gardell (Mike & Molly) in Las Vegas. The crowd here shares what the contestants win on this 50,000 square-foot LED Vegas stage — and that makes for some high TV energy. Especially since during each hour-long show, multiple contestants get to win $100,000. Not to mention that each show ends with one contestant having a big chance (on a giant Monopoly board) to win $1 million. And the game goes super fast, unlike the Monopoly you play at home.
Monopoly Millionaires Club is brilliantly tied in with state lotteries that feature the popular Monopoly-themed scratch-off lottery tickets. The ads for those lotteries appear as mini-segments on the show, like a local extension of the game you’re watching. It’s perfect synergy between advertising and programming. Monopoly Millionaires Club features mini-games using familiar Monopoly items like the railroads, hotels, cars, etc. It’s quick-hitting concept was created by Hasbro and Scientific Games. It’s fun for all ages, and it’s reeking of money at every turn. (Caveat: be ready for some long commercial breaks.) Look for Monopoly Millionaires Club in local listings. Usually on Sunday evenings. You can go to Vegas to play too — if you win the lottery. Gardell is magnificent.