Series Premiere: January 19, 2017
|Talpa Media USA|
Divided is a 30-minute American game show adaptation of the British show of the same name which in turn was based on the Dutch game show De Gemene Deler (The Common Denominator) featuring the first four, then three strangers who must come to a consensus and agree on everything, including the correct answer(s) to a question, to take home their "fair share" of a possible $85,000 ($75,000 in the Pilot).
The more the players debate, disagree, or dig in their heels, the less prize money becomes available to them. In the end, the prize money is divided into three unequal amounts and they have to agree on who gets what share, but the longer they take, the less they make as the clock - and the money amounts - tick down. Less talk and more decision-making equals more cash, but expect psych-outs and ethical dilemmas within the show's unique framework.
Four strangers are arranged around a semicircular podium, each with their own touch screen to select answers. They are given a series of eight questions, each with three possible answers. For each question, the players must agree unanimously on the answer(s) to the given question while the value of the question decreases over a 60-second interval. To stop the money countdown, all the players must press their section of a large centrally-placed indicator on the game podium. Getting a question's answer(s) right adds the remaining money to the bank, but getting it wrong cuts the bank's value in half (rounded up).
In addition, after the first question of the game, each player has a "Takeover" button in front of them above their touch screen. If the player feels they are right and/or too much money is being lost, they can hit the Takeover button and stop the money countdown. This locks that player's answer(s) in for all players. The "Takeover" can only be used twice during the entire game.
For the first three questions, only one answer is correct, and the value of each question starts at $5,000, counting down at about $83 per second.
For the next three questions (two in the pilot), two of the three given answers are correct, and the question value starts at $10,000, counting down at about $167 per second.
After the sixth question, the players vote on which of them should leave the game; in order to do so, three of the players must agree unanimously; if there isn't a unanimous agreement, the players are given a grace period of 10 seconds, and if it passes, the money starts to drop. Once a unanimous agreement is reached, the chosen contestant is eliminated.
The remaining three players play the final two questions (the fourth player's monitor and "Takeover" button are removed from the podium and the remaining three set-ups are redistributed around the podium).
For the seventh question, the three given answers must be put in order (smallest to largest, oldest to youngest, etc.) depending on the context of the question. The question value starts at $15,000, with about $250 ticking away per second.
On the final question, any or all of the given choices may be correct for the question (it could have one, two or three correct answers). The value starts at $25,000, with about $417 removed every second. The value increase to $50,000 in Season 3.
After the final question is asked, the remaining bank (if any) is divided into three unequal portions: Portion A is 60% of the bank's value, Portion B is 30%, and Portion C is the remaining 10%. The players now have 100 seconds to decide unanimously who deserves which portion, with the amounts once again ticking away at about 1% of the given total portion per second. The faster the players agree on who gets what, the more money they take home. After 50 seconds have passed, the clock stops and the players each have ten seconds to explain which share they want and why, after which the clock restarts and the money continues to drop. If an agreement isn't reached before time runs out, the money is completely gone, and all three players win nothing.
Countries that have previously aired their versions of Divided includes:
- Arab World
- India (in both Marathi and Kannada languages respectively)
- The Netherlands (country that "originally" originated the show as De Gemene Deler)
- United Kingdom (country that originated the show)
This is the second game show in GSN history to use the "Prisoner's Dilemma" format, the first being Friend or Foe? in 2002.
This is Mike Richard's second go at hosting a GSN show; the first was the 2012 run of The Pyramid.
Based on the short-lived British show of the same name, for which in turn is based on the Dutch show De Gemene Deler (The Common Denominator).