“Downfall,” a unique, high-stakes and adrenaline-pumping game show, puts contestants on top of a 10-story building to see who has the focus and fearlessness to avoid his/her own ‘downfall’ — literally. Along the way, they’ll have the chance to win $1 million and a slew of incredible prizes, such as a pair of jet skis, a grand piano, a trip to Paris or a brand new car. The larger-than-life game show from FremantleMedia North America (“The Price Is Right,” “Family Feud,” “Let’s Make a Deal”) will premiere TUESDAY, JUNE 22 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on ABC.
In the six-episode, one-hour weekly series, the addictive, action-packed game will be played atop the roof of a downtown Los Angeles high-rise, where contestants will try to quickly answer a series of trivia questions against the clock in seven rounds. Fabricated facsimiles of all prizes will be placed on the largest conveyor belt ever seen on TV, with a pile of cash at the end that ranges from $5,000 to $1 million. In each round, players will try to answer all the questions before their prizes and cash go over the edge, off the roof and crashing 100 feet to the street below. If the cash goes over the side of the building, the game is over and that player is eliminated.
If a player begins to struggle for answers to the game’s category-based questions, there will be two ways to back up the belt: “Surrender a Personal Possession” (where the player offers a personal material possession for the conveyor belt and risks its being dropped over the edge and destroyed); or the “Friend on the Belt” option (where players’ own friends or family members, such as their grandmother, can be placed on the belt to help them find the answers). If they don’t beat the clock, this person risks going over the side of the building just like the previous prizes — but in this case wearing a decelerator harness to soften the fall.
After each successful round, the player can leave with prizes already won or risk them all again to keep going toward the $1 million final prize. In the last round, players will be placed on the conveyor belt holding all the cash and will need to answer all 10 questions correctly before time runs out. If not, it’s over the edge to their downfall.
“Downfall” is produced by FremantleMedia North America. Scott St. John is executive producer.