Who Wants to Be a Millionaire

2004, TV Show


Countdown to Ace of Cakes' Sweet Finale

Betty White and Duff Goldman, Ace of Cakes

Mark your calendars, Ace of Cakes fans, because there are only five episodes left before the February 20 series finale. The Charm City Cakes head honcho, Chef Duff Goldman, gives a taste of what to expect. read more

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Million Dollar Money Drop

Million Dollar Money Drop (Monday, 8/7c, Fox)
This is how game-show sensations are born — and Fox certainly hopes this will be their version of Who Wants To Be a Millionaire. Airing Monday-Thursday this week (Tuesday and Wednesday's installments air at 9/8c, with a two-hour finale on Thursday), this game, hosted by comedian Kevin Pollak, is pretty simple. Contestants are asked multiple-choice questions with a million dollars in cash on the line. They put the cash on the answers they think are correct — one must always be left blank — and if they're wrong, the cash they've distributed on the wrong answer disappears down a chute. Panic sets in pretty quickly. The two-hour premiere goes head-to-head with the finale of NBC's holiday hit The Sing-Off.

Men of a Certain Age (Monday, 10/9c, TNT)
Yes, Virginia, there are some new episodes of non-reality series airing this week. You just have to know where to look for them. On Men... read more

The Biz: History Feels the Need for Speed

Top Gear

Since the late 1990s, British imports such as Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, Dancing With the Stars and American Idol have become ratings blockbusters in the United States. But stateside success has eluded one of the biggest Brit hits of them all.

It's Top Gear, the rollicking reality/talk-show hybrid from the BBC that features three British automotive journalists gabbing about cars and performing elaborate and occasionally breathtaking stunts and challenges. The series, which has been shown here on BBC America, has been a worldwide sensation for almost 10 years and was recently the subject of a 60 Minutes profile. The studio ...
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Real Housewives Stars Taking Over Who Wants to Be a Millionaire

Real Housewives

You've been warned, Meredith Vieira!

The Who Wants to Be a Millionaire host will welcome the hair-pulling and table-flipping stars of Bravo's Real Housewives franchise, starting Monday. Aptly titled The Real Housewives of Millionaire, next week's five new episodes will have several of the franchise's stars appearing alongside real-life housewives to help them win up to... read more

Tonight's TV Hot List: Sunday, Aug. 9, 2009

Raging Planet - Tornado

Raging Planet
9/8c Discovery
Take a thrilling ride right into the heart of the planet's most amazing forces — revealing the speed of twisters and the lethal force of lightning bolts. The show features the most spectacular footage of these occurrences ever shot as well as interviews with people who have come face to face with these stunning mega-storms.

Read on for previews of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, There Goes the Neighborhood, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Roast of Joan Rivers and Entourage. read more

ABC Revives Millionaire for 10th Anniversary

Regis Philbin

Call your lifelines: ABC wants to make more Millionaires.

The Alphabet network will bring back host Regis Philbin for an 11-night primetime run of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire to celebrate the game show's 10th anniversary this summer. The show will premiere Aug. 9 and run through Aug. 23.

The quiz show was an instant success when it debuted in August 1999 and popularized the phrase, "Is that your final answer?" Ratings began to fall, and the primetime series was cancelled in 2002. Today host Meredith Vieira then began emceeing a syndicated daytime version of the show, which is still airing.

Aside from the anniversary... read more

Since about 2000, I've tried ...

Question: Since about 2000, I've tried to find one place on the TV lineup where there are three continuous hours of television that I want to watch. I think it began with Millionaire, The West Wing and Law & Order, and then there was Gilmore Girls, Veronica Mars and Judging Amy. My favorite trifecta was last season's Ugly Betty, Grey's Anatomy and Men in Trees, which was fun while it lasted. Now, to my surprise, this year I have an all-freshman guilty-pleasure trifecta on Wednesdays: Pushing Daisies, Gossip Girl and Dirty Sexy Money, although that will soon be complicated by another guilty pleasure, Project Runway. I know that since you get screeners you don't necessarily watch TV live or in order, but do you have a trifecta? Answer: It's not so much that I get screeners (fewer than you'd imagine this time of year) but that, like others who watch TV in high volume with an eye for time management in a DVR age, I tend not to watch TV in real time. That often means that I start the evening by ... read more

Drew Has the Power

Drew Carey by John P. Filo/CBS

In what qualifies as beyond a last-minute delivery, CBS dropped a screener of tonight’s premiere of the new Power of 10 game show on my desk this morning. (It sneak-peeks tonight at 8 pm/ET, then moves into its regular time period a night later on Wednesday, also at 8.) Now that I’ve seen it, I want to get the word out to any fellow game-show fans out there: Don’t miss it! And in particular, don’t miss this first hour.I like the game well enough — it’s all about playing percentages, trying to guess how many people responded a certain way to provocative questions in a nationwide poll — but what I really like is Drew Carey, who’s instantly proving his chops as the right choice to assume the Bob Barker role on The Price Is Right this fall. Carey puts both the contestant (in this case, an instantly likable 19-year-old pre-med student named Jamie) and the viewer at ease with his nimble wit. "You think you know it all at 19. You know nothing," he ge... read more

New NBC Heads Won't Change Fall Lineup

Angela Kinsey, Ben Silverman and Jenna Fischer by Kevin Parry/WireImage.com

NBC Universal president and CEO Jeff Zucker said he doesn’t envision any changes to the NBC's 2007-08 fall schedule even though he's changed top entertainment executives at the network. NBC made it official late Tuesday that Ben Silverman, who brought The Office and Ugly Betty to American television, will become co-chairman of the network’s entertainment division and production studio. Marc Graboff, president of NBC Universal Television, West Coast, has also been elevated to co-chairman."The timing of the announcement has nothing to do with the fall schedule," said Zucker. "The reaction [to the lineup] has been incredibly strong.” He said he’d been trying to bring Silverman into the network for some time, and only recently learned that he was ready to make a move. Silverman will be in charge of creative decisions at the network and studio, while Graboff will handle the business side. The announcement means goodbye to Kevin Reilly, the NBC entertainment president ... read more

Short Cuts: A Chinese Millionaire, Obama and More!

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire will make its debut in China in May, says Reuters — but with only celebrities competing (to comply with local regulations), and perhaps a different title, as 1,000,000 yuan only add up to US $129,000.... Illinois senator/presidential hopeful Barack Obama hosts Crucible of Courage, a Biography Channel special commemorating Black History Month, on Feb. 22 at 9 pm/ET.... This sounds important to somebody: Famed tenor Placido Domingo will, for the first time ever, sing the baritone, title role in Verdi's Simon Boccanegra at Berlin's Staatsoper Unter den Linden in 2009, his rep tells the AP. read more

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Premiered: May 16, 2004, on ABC
Rating: TV-G
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Premise: A version of the British game that marked the return of big-money quiz shows to prime-time TV, in which players navigated a total of 15 questions for, originally, a $1 million prize. The Regis Philbin-helmed `Millionaire' was a national sensation when it debuted, but ABC sucked the life out of it by airing the show as many as four times a week. Reege returned to host an occasional `Super Millionaire' series in 2004. A weekday syndicated version places Meredith Vieira across from the hot seat.


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