On the series premiere of "Power of 10," Drew Carey was an affable host and clearly a supporter of the contestants. (One spoiler after the jump)
But he talked too much. To be sure, in this combination of "Who Wants To Be a Millionaire," "Family Feud" and "Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?" the host has to fill a lot of time between questions, especially as a contestant moves from $1,000 up to the $10 million final question. And tonight did see a young player win $1 million before deciding not to take the final question.
Still, Carey tended to ramble, and to talk too much about himself. He needs to focus more on the contestants. Even if he's trying to keep them at ease, they might relax more if they could talk instead of listening to Carey monologues.
And there's no question that Carey wants to make the contestants happy. His hugs and high fives seem genuine and spontaneous. I'm not sure how audiences will take his needling of players, especially in the elimination round; it struck me as good-natured enough, but I've seen Drew in person enough to have a sense of when he's malicious and when not. Viewers at home may react differently.
As for the game itself, it's all right, but it seems too slight to fill an hour (most game shows, I think, are better suited to a half-hour). That said, I was playing right along, and surprised by some of the poll results, so I wasn't horribly bored. I'll be back at least once more, both to see how Carey does, and to see how the game plays out.