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MSTieScott

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Re: Current run LMAD question
« Reply #15 on: March 31, 2024, 08:24:29 PM »
There's actually a discussion to be had here, but it's being clouded by jumping to unsubstantiated conclusions (which is what's prompting the backlash).

The surface-level answer of "Why are the contestants being given hand microphones?" is "Because of the staging." In about 90% of the deals, the contestants are standing on their own ovals while Wayne is standing on the logo at center stage with a shin-high wall separating him from the traders. He is out of arm's length of the contestants. He can't reach them with his microphone without some awkward stretching. (The remainder of the time -- in deals with three contestants and the Big Deal at the end -- Wayne shares the center-stage space with a contestant, but they always stand in separate halves of the big oval, still more than arm's length away.)

Why are the contestants now being given hand microphones this season when in prior seasons with the same staging, they wore lavalier microphones? Because this season, more people were added to the audience, and it's no longer practical to place lavalier microphones on all of the potential traders.*

The question becomes why, even though more people have been added to the audience, the show is still implementing staging procedures inspired by the prior seasons' COVID restrictions. (You'll note that contestants still aren't handed money and that Jonathan is still using the reacher/grabber to return dice to the contestant in dice-rolling games.) The best that fans can do for that question is speculate.


*Last season demonstrated the limit of how many lavalier microphones the show was willing to use. You could see that in each "pod," usually only one of the audience members was wearing a microphone -- the audience member who had a chance of being selected as a contestant. The other person(s) in the pod was/were effectively there for support. Once in a while, Wayne would invite the other person down to join the contestant, at which point they would be given a hand microphone so they could be heard.

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Re: Current run LMAD question
« Reply #16 on: March 31, 2024, 10:11:36 PM »
Do they have boom mics?
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Re: Current run LMAD question
« Reply #17 on: April 01, 2024, 12:00:41 AM »
The question becomes why, even though more people have been added to the audience, the show is still implementing staging procedures inspired by the prior seasons' COVID restrictions. (You'll note that contestants still aren't handed money and that Jonathan is still using the reacher/grabber to return dice to the contestant in dice-rolling games.) The best that fans can do for that question is speculate.
My guess is inertia. They've more or less shot the show this way for 3 years and have the "playbook" ingrained. It makes little sense to overhaul how the show is made just because there were more people, especially if extra time and attention needed to be spent during the off-season on getting Price to Glendale.

How many design choices throughout history have been based on "this was what we did before, so this is what we're doing now?"
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Re: Current run LMAD question
« Reply #18 on: April 01, 2024, 09:14:26 AM »
I'm going to try to steer this convo to a legit q....and heaven forbid - have the same curiousity as Matt.

I have the show in the background while i'm still on TV (4-11am, fox61.com . do join us!), and the look does not look right. Why can't the contesti be next to Wayne, and have him hold a hand mic? The distance is ....odd. You may as well put the contesti behind a podium with a mic attached to it.

Is there a reason? Or just because it just is?
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Re: Current run LMAD question
« Reply #19 on: April 01, 2024, 04:37:36 PM »
Matt, do you understand that this sort of thing makes you sound unhinged or a complete nimrod?

Porque no los dos?
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Re: Current run LMAD question
« Reply #20 on: April 01, 2024, 05:49:42 PM »
The question becomes why, even though more people have been added to the audience, the show is still implementing staging procedures inspired by the prior seasons' COVID restrictions. (You'll note that contestants still aren't handed money and that Jonathan is still using the reacher/grabber to return dice to the contestant in dice-rolling games.) The best that fans can do for that question is speculate.
My guess is inertia. They've more or less shot the show this way for 3 years and have the "playbook" ingrained. It makes little sense to overhaul how the show is made just because there were more people, especially if extra time and attention needed to be spent during the off-season on getting Price to Glendale.

How many design choices throughout history have been based on "this was what we did before, so this is what we're doing now?"

Also...COVID converted a lot of people into germophobes. I know some people who still, to this day, carry santiizer, don masks and the like.

At the end of the day, if these procedures keep your talent comfortable and healthy enough to mitigate stopdowns, by all means, keep the playbook as is.
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Re: Current run LMAD question
« Reply #21 on: April 02, 2024, 01:09:08 PM »
Also...COVID converted a lot of people into germophobes.

A disease that a significant portion of the country still refuses to acknowledge the impact of that also carries the risk of semi-permanent side effects? Can't imagine why.
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Re: Current run LMAD question
« Reply #22 on: April 02, 2024, 01:21:32 PM »
Also...COVID converted a lot of people into germophobes.

A disease that a significant portion of the country still refuses to acknowledge the impact of that also carries the risk of semi-permanent side effects? Can't imagine why.

I was waiting for someone else to say it. The pandemic isn't over.

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Re: Current run LMAD question
« Reply #23 on: April 02, 2024, 01:52:28 PM »
Hollywood's COVID protocols ended in early May 2023, IIRC, and I believe LMaD started taping around that time or slightly beforehand. It was probably easier for them to choose this setup as a solution and stick with it for continuity purposes for the entire season.

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Re: Current run LMAD question
« Reply #24 on: April 03, 2024, 12:09:57 AM »
Also...COVID converted a lot of people into germophobes.

A disease that a significant portion of the country still refuses to acknowledge the impact of that also carries the risk of semi-permanent side effects? Can't imagine why.

I was waiting for someone else to say it. The pandemic isn't over.
Oh let me be clear- I'm in full agreement with you both. The germophobe comment was meant as fact, not as an insult towards people who choose to maintain their vigilance.

Even past COVID, I'm sure people in the crowd sometimes do things during tape breaks that would make me not want to handle any money I've already handed them.
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