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Wednesday, March 16, 2011: Minute to Win It

by F. John Rickert March 16, 2011 6:00 am
Wednesday, March 16, 2011: <i>Minute to Win It</i>

Sure, you could watch American Idol or Survivor tonight, but if you want to get your blood pumping you should be watching NBC's Minute to Win It. If you haven't seen it before, the premise is simple. The contestants must successfully perform a silly task using household products with a 60-second time limit. The whole thing sounds hokey and too easy, but that's just the way they hook you in. Pretty soon you'll find yourself bouncing ping pong balls and blowing on cards just to prove to your family and friends that you could totally have won that game way more quickly than those other contestants. And as exciting as the show usually is with its contestants, tonight's show will have L.A. Lakers Shannon Brown and Derek Fisher pumping it up a notch.

Performing any of these games requires a total lack of self-consciousness, making this show a great source of drinking games for your next party or wedding shower. After all, if you can get psyched up watching sober strangers trying to balance eggs in paper towel tubes, just imagine these games with some friends during an evening of libations.

Why Minute to Win It hasn't been mentioned on The Office yet is beyond me. The NBC game show seems exactly like the kind of thing that the employees would use as an excuse to blow off work and would make a great cold open.

Win it tonight at 8 on NBC.

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