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'The Wall': Chris Hardwick talks hosting new game show and working with exec producer LeBron James

Host Chris Hardwick with a contestant on NBC's "The Wall"
From NBC and executive producer LeBron James, comes a brand new game show called "The Wall." The show which gives contestants an opportunity to win as much as $3 million on a single drop.

The "wall" is four stories high and tests the knowledge of the contestants in a variety of subjects and also tests their levels of trust with one another as they try to win millions of dollars are a team.

Chris Hardwick, hosts as the Contestants must get a question correct and a green ball will fall down the wall and add the value of the slot to the players’ winning total. Miss a question and an ominous red ball with fall and deduct the value from the teams’ total. Contestants have to work together to build a huge cash prize.
"I love that it’s positive and not built on negativity and cynicism and it’s really fun to watch people hurt each other, be mean to each other," said Harwick about the show's positivity. "These people really care about each other and I think we could use a little bit of positivity in our culture. That was part of the mission statement that it wasn’t just a frivolous superfluous kind of a thing. It was a very deeply emotional thing and it changes peoples’ lives and we are trying to give away as much of NBCs money as possible and so I legitimately, I have every reason in the world to root for these people."

One show consists of a pair of contestants working as a team, which Harwick feels make the show the special and relatable.

"It’s so genius to have every episode just be one team because you really do care about them by the end of it and however much empathy you felt watching them, for me it was tenfold because I spend so much time with them and I’m talking to them off camera and really finding out about their lives and who they are and what they do and about their kids. I really do care if they win money or if they leave without money."

Hardwick, who is one of the busiest hosts with hosting gigs on the talk shows "At Midnight" and "The Talking Dead," to name a few, his happy that his career currently allows him to be more selective with his projects.

"I’ve been working for 22 years," said Hardwick. "I’ve not worked more in my career than have worked and I’m in a nice window right now where I don’t have to do anything that I don’t want to. I don’t have to take jobs for money and I feel like that’s about as much success as you can ever ask for."

One of the benefits of working with LeBron James, Hardwick admires his dedication to his sport.

"He’s great," Hardwick says. "You know when he’s in season, he’s focused on basketball so I don’t bother him. Let him focus on that."

"The Wall" airs Tuesdays beginning January 3 with sneak previews on December 19  at 10:00 p.m. and January 2 at 10:00 p.m. 

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'The Wall': Chris Hardwick talks hosting new game show and working with exec producer LeBron James


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