Million Dollar Password

2008, TV Show


Tonight's TV Hot List: Sunday, Dec. 28, 2008

Chris Lilly, Summer Heights High

Summer Heights High
10:30 pm/ET HBO
Series creator Chris Lilley's bravura performance as not one but three characters made high school seem like more fun than it probably was. Tonight's first-season finale features his typical over-the-top spins on his chief drama queens, Mr. G and Ja'mie, as they hilariously hog the spotlight in, respectively, a pulsating musical and the Year 11 formal.

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Gregory Haerr, Secret Millionaire

Secret Millionaire
8 pm/ET Fox
Millionaires work anonymously — and for the minimum wage — alongside folks they don't ordinarily see in their corner offices in this feel-good reality series.

Read on for previews of Million Dollar Password, Celebrity Rehab, Faith Hill, Joy to the World: A Soundstage Special Event and LA Ink. read more

Do you know when Million ...

Question: Do you know when Million Dollar Password is coming back?
Answer: No, but I would assume that should one of CBS's new shows flame out and a time period open up, this would be an easy and effective stopgap. It's also possible that during the holidays, CBS could relaunch the show, which was a solid player during the early summer off-season. I can think of worse shows I could gather around with my family when I'm back home than this one. The good news is that it was successful enough to get a pickup. (Can I help it if I still prefer the old-fashioned version which actually involved passing the word back and forth? ... read more

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Question: Love your work for TV Guide and have read your stuff religiously dating back to USA Today. Small question in the grand landscape of television: What the heck is going on with Million Dollar Password? The show is a hit and started off with some strong celebrities: Rachael Ray, Neil Patrick Harris, Rosie O'Donnell and Betty White. But now, after just a few short weeks, it's already scraping the bottom of the barrel with "celebs" like Shanna Moakler, Susie Essman, Monique Coleman and Damien Fahey. I honestly had no idea who any of them were (and I follow pop culture), and the Damien guy was the single worst player I have ever seen in the many incarnations of the show. I love the game, but seeing actual famous people playing is at least part of the appeal. What gives? Answer: I blame cable for making a lot of people believe they're celebrities when they really, really aren't. But to address your specific gripe, I would imagine that Monique Coleman (who at least did appear in the ... read more

I've been a fan of the ...

Question: I've been a fan of the original Password, and so when CBS decided to air a new edition with Regis Philbin (who I think is one of the best game show hosts from his days on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire), I was pretty excited. The first few episodes, despite their frenetic pace with the elimination clock, felt like the relaxed, classic version on speed. Nonetheless, I've still found it enjoyable. My one major complaint is in regards to its bonus round. In it, players go through six levels with increasing difficulty that earns them increasing amounts of money, similar to the structure on Millionaire. Unlike Millionaire, however, players have only one "safe" level after which their earnings are secure: the second level (Millionaire has them after the fifth and 10th questions). Structurally, this encourages the player to attempt the third and fourth level, but discourages them from ever reaching the fifth or sixth levels, as they would lose too much money. I would suggest either ... read more

Mega Buzz on Lost, Law & Order: CI, Sex & More!

Harold Perrineau by Bob D'Amico/ABC, Chris Noth by Eric Ogden/USA Network Photo, Grant Show by Cliff Lipson/CBS

Was Lost hasty in giving Michael the hook? Which of the Law & Orders has bid adieu to some fans' favorite? Is ABC's Life on Mars already on a shaky mission? In this launch of Mega Buzz, a new weekly column, I'll field your questions about your favorite shows. If there is a topic you want to see covered or a question you'd like to ask, this e-mail is the place to do it.Since we're just starting out here, I'll have to settle for answering my own questions. Hope I'm not a smart-ass to myself.Question: What's your take on Harold Perrineau's Lost exit Q&A?Mitovich: It's an incendiary topic, but I hear where Perrineau is coming from, on Michael's too-short return. Sure, it (partially) explained what became of the Dawson men after their Season 2 sail-away. But to leave Walt fatherless — and in doing so rob the series of its second barely-used African American character (Mr. Eko, we barely knew ye) — was a questionable move. This country now has its first for-real African-... read more

Cheers: The Password is... Legendary!

Cheers to Neil Patrick Harris for his winning guest shot on Million Dollar Password. The How I Met Your Mother star outshone even the too-bright set of CBS' new primetime game show. Not only did Harris make it to the bonus round twice — putting Rachael Ray to shame — but he smiled politely when host Regis Philbin referred to him as "Doogie," tossed off his killer Reege impression and flashed that Harold & Kumar grin when faced with the words "chit" and "pot." And if Barney ever needs a new wingman, I'd say bartender "E-rock" is the man for the job. Too bad Harris can't be on this show every week!• Share your own raves and rants about other shows on the Reader Cheers & Jeers discussion board.• We may feature your Cheer or Jeer on or in TV Guide magazine! read more

Million Dollar Password Gives Reeg More Work!

Regis Philbin on Million Dollar Password by John Paul Filo/CBS

And to think, we thought Reeg was gonna take a minute to relax with only one job. Nope, the daytime talk personality is back to his old ways of doing double duty by hosting the newest game show, Million Dollar Password. The revamped '60s game show couples celebrity players (such as Rosie, Neil Patrick Harris and Betty White) with contestants as they utilize their inner thesaurus to win lots of cash. Watch it now! | More online videos read more

What's The Password? It's Regis!

Regis Philbin, Million Dollar Password

Password, the vintage game show from the 1960s, 70s and 80s, returns as Million Dollar Password Sunday night (8 pm/ET, CBS). Regis Philbin — who appeared on Password Plus in the early 1980s as a celebrity clue-giver — is your new wordsmith. Like the classic versions of the game, celebrities will be paired with civilian contestants and will have to think alike to pocket prize money. Unlike the classic versions, viewers will have to hold onto their hats to keep up with spiraling tension. "We put a clock on the rounds to speed up the game," said executive producer Vincent Rubino. "Instantly there's tension building and there's a horse race that builds between the two teams." The celeb/contestant duos compete to guess "passwords" based on one-word clues at a frenetic pace. At various points, the t read more

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Premiered: June 01, 2008, on CBS
Rating: TV-PG
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Premise: Two celebrity-contestant teams compete in a word-association game, with the winning pair given the opportunity to play for a $1 million grand prize.


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