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Who Wants to Be a Millionaire

Regis Philbin Looks Back on His 'Who Wants To Be a Millionaire' Days (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Nov 23rd 2011 3:00PM
Regis Philbin may be retired from 'Live!,' but he's hitting the talk show circuit to talk about his new memoir 'How I Got This Way.' On Wednesday, he stopped by 'Good Day NY' (weekdays, 9AM ET on Fox) where he reminisced about his days hosting the wildly popular 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire' and joked that the show had saved ABC.

Regis recalled his personal crusade to get the British-born game-show on the air in the America. "When I saw that show ... I said this is dynamite, this is great, people walking in from the street and walking out millionaires, if they can only answer 15 questions. It wasn't even on the ABC short-list, they were calling everyone else in town. But I kept pursuing it, pursuing it, and then finally it came my way ... and then it caught on, bigger than I thought it was gonna be."

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Michael and Paige on 'Millionaire' to Raise Money for 'Extreme Makeover' Family (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 21st 2011 2:00AM
Meredith Vieira, 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition'As a fun way to raise money for the soup kitchen run by the family selected on this week's 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' (Fri., 8PM ET on ABC), the show hooked up with Meredith Vieira and 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?'

Michael and Paige from the design team headed on over to the set where they took part in the popular game show to raise money for the family's organization. And in a fun reveal for the family, Vieira framed their earnings in the form of a 'Millionaire' question for the family.

"How did Michael and Paige do while playing on Millionaire?" she asked them. The answer was a very impressive $100,000 raised, so not only do the Dunnings get a new house to call home, but a nice investment in their charity work as well.

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The 5 Greatest Game Show Video Games

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 31st 2010 1:00PM
The Jeopardy home game for the Nintendo WiiIf you're one of the lucky few selected out of a crowd of giddy housewives and Spring Break college students to appear on a game show, you've got to be ready.

You've got to have your hand ready to strike every buzzer the moment the host stops reading the question.

You've got to know the suggested retail price of everything on the market from a 2010 Chevy Volt to a box of Low Sodium Rice-a-Roni.

You've got to know where those annoying Whammies or dragons are hiding. Hell, you've got to do better than just know. You've got to be able to smell them like a great white shark sniffing out a drop of blood from 500 yards away.

Fortunately, technology has allowed mankind to prepare for these unholy battles of knowledges, reflexes and luck with the game show video game. Of course, the market is flooded with remakes of your favorites, so we've picked out the best of the best for the shows that are still around if you're headed down Contestant's Row.

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TVR Awards -- The 10 Most Viewed Videos of the Year

by Donald Deane, posted Dec 27th 2010 11:30AM

Take a tour through the past year of TV and relive some of the best moments the medium had to offer in our 10 Most Viewed Videos of the Year. We'd all do well to study these fan favorites and commit them to long-term memory. After all, someday our grandchildren might ask where we were when Terry Bradshaw sprang from a cake, when Helen Mirren showed up in a red bikini or when Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg walked off their own set. Okay, maybe not. But it's nice to dream.

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CW Boss Dawn Ostroff to Step Down, 'Young Justice' Gets Premiere Date and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 22nd 2010 2:40PM
Dawn Ostroff, entertainment president of The CW, will step down at the end of the season.

Ostroff, the former head of UPN, has been with The CW since its inception and is the longest-running sitting broadcast president.

According to Deadline Hollywood, Ostroff will remain active with the network as her contract winds down in June. She'll oversee the midseason launch and order pilots for the fall 2011 season.

In other TV news ...

Damian Lewis has joined the cast of Showtime's 'Homeland.' The 'Life' veteran will play the male lead, Marine Sergeant Scott Brody, who returns home after spending eight years as a prisoner of war in Baghdad. Claire Danes also stars as Carrie Anderson, a CIA agent who suspects Brody may be plotting an attack on America. [Deadline Hollywood]

Cartoon Network's 'Young Justice' will premiere on Jan. 7. The show about DC Comics sidekicks launched with a movie event in November. Look for new episodes to air Fridays at 7PM. [Kryptonsite]

Disney was denied its appeal of a $319 million 'Millionaire' verdict. A federal judge ruled that Disney/ABC and Buena Vista cheated producer Celador International out of millions of dollars by cutting sweetheart deals to bring 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire?' to America. [Hollywood Reporter]

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News Roundup: Ed O'Neill Denies Dissing Jane Lynch, MTV's 'Inbetweeners' Cast and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Dec 9th 2010 12:00PM
Ed O'Neill'Modern Family' patriarch Ed O'Neill said he was misquoted in a recent article that alleged he didn't think Jane Lynch deserved her Emmy for playing Sue Sylvester on the Fox hit 'Glee.'

A TV Guide Canada story earlier this week (which has since been retracted) quoted O'Neill as saying "I love Jane, honestly I do. I'm dying to star in one of Christopher Guest's movies alongside her, but I don't think she should have gotten the Emmy for that part. [Sue Sylvester] is just a one-note character."

However, the actor told Entertainment Weekly, "I never said those words and transcripts of the press conference attest to that fact. ... I absolutely never said, nor do I believe that Jane -- whom I think is an enormous talent -- was undeserving of the award."

In other TV news ...

As MTV's 'Skins' adaptation readies for its Jan. 17 premiere, the lineup of its 'Inbetweeners' remake is coming together. Joey Pollari, Bubba Lewis, Zack Pearlman and Mark L. Young will play the misfit high schoolers, while Taika Waititi will direct the pilot. [Deadline]

Actress Phyllis Frelich will stop by 'CSI' in a February episode. The Tony winner will play Grissom's mother, a professor at a school for the deaf. [EW]

Could Paul McCartney pay tribute to John Lennon on 'Saturday Night Live' this week? Yesterday marked the 30th anniversary of the former Beatle's death. [The Wrap]

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Meredith Vieira on the Changes to 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire'

by Joel Keller, posted Sep 27th 2010 4:00PM
Melora Hardin and Meredith Vieira during the Celebrity 'Millionaire' weekIf you haven't watched the syndicated version of 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire' lately, you might not recognize the show if you've tuned in since the ninth season began earlier this month.

Questions and dollar amounts in the first round are now randomized. And there's also no more Hot Seat. Both the contestant and host Meredith Vieira both stand, either behind or around a 'Deal or No Deal' -style podium. When Vieira first heard about all the potential changes, she felt that they shouldn't fix what wasn't broken. But she quickly came around when she realized how much excitement it brought.

"I realized that I had become complacent, particularly (during) the first five questions," she told me last week. "They were almost tedious. When you get in a game you want to be in the game. It was almost as if you were waiting for the game to begin."

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'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?' Giveaway - Win an HDTV!

by Alicia Roda, posted Sep 10th 2010 6:34PM
A brand new season of 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?' -- hosted by Meredith Vieira -- premieres on Monday, Sept. 13. And with it come some exciting new changes.

Out of the many twists, turns, switcharoos and additions you'll see, the one that really caught our eye is the elimination of a $50,000 question. That means the only thing standing between contestants and the ultimate, million dollar prize are a mere 14 questions.

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Five Shows I Used To Like (But Now Can't Watch)

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 16th 2010 5:30PM
Rachael RaySometimes I feel guilty about dropping a show that I used to watch regularly. If I stop watching a show and start watching another show in the same time slot, can that be considered cheating? And then I realized that if I use the word "cheating" when describing my relationship with a TV show, that probably means I need a girlfriend.

But there are shows that we all outgrow. Shows that we used to watch all the time and then one day we suddenly say to ourselves, "You know what? I'm not going to watch this show anymore."

After the jump are the five shows that I can't watch anymore. In a way it's like a weight being lifted off my shoulders. It's five shows I don't have to worry about anymore! Now I can concentrate on the 125 other shows I watch every week.

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Margaret Cho is Useless as 'Millionaire' Expert (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Jun 14th 2010 3:15PM
As an expert on 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,' Margaret Cho leaves a lot to be desired. A contestant uses her "Ask the Expert" lifeline on a question about tennis, but Cho knows nothing about sports and is mystified.

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Meredith Vieira Starts a Conga Line on 'Millionaire' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Apr 2nd 2010 2:30PM
Um, we're not quite sure how competing for money and conga dancing are related, but, in Meredith Vieira's mind, they seem to be.

For no apparent reason whatsoever, Vieira starts a random conga line on 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire' (weekdays, syndicated). Vieira invites show contestants and their families up on stage, and they proceed to shuffle around the studio to Young MC's 'Bust a Move.'

Watch the video after the jump.

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Can Primetime Game Shows Stop With the 'Millionaire' Look Already?

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 15th 2010 4:23PM
Episode one of 'Minute to Win It'
I've been a game show fan for as long as I can remember. I can recall obscure games from the '70s like 'The Better Sex' and I revel in the classics, from 'Match Game' all the way up to 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire.' So I'll watch any new game show at least once.

All of this is how I explain to myself how I blew two hours watching the first two episodes of NBC's 'Minute to Win It' last night. It's a pretty straightforward game: complete ten physical games, win a million bucks. The games themselves use everyday household items, and variations of them could be found at carnivals, state fairs and church festivals around the country. In fact, there was a game show on for years called 'Beat the Clock' that had a very similar premise.

But 'Minute to Win It' was important. Why? Because of the dark, space-station set and swirling lights. Because of the female British voice that felt vaguely futuristic. In fact, the show felt a lot more like 'Millionaire' than a carnival game. And it was so not necessary.

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N.J. Housewife Caroline Discusses Her Danielle Beef, Family on 'Millionaire' (VIDEO)

by Harley W. Lond, posted Feb 22nd 2010 7:47PM
Monday was the beginning of the 'Real Housewives of Millionaire Week' on 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire' (weekdays, syndicated), in which various reality show 'Housewives' team up with real housewives to win a million dollars.

On Monday's show, host Meredith Vieira asked 'The Real Housewives of New Jersey' wife Caroline Manzo about her beef with Danielle Staub. "There's a lot of crazy, I'm sure you all know" Manzo said. "And I sure there's more to come." In a clip from 'Housewives,' Manzo stressed the importance of family: "We're thick as thieves and we protect each other to the end." "It's the truth," Manzo told Vieira. "There's nothing more important than family."

Watch the video after the jump.

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TV Casting: Clooney's Girlfriend Finds 'Leverage'; Brooke Burke to Dance Again?

by Andrew Scott, posted Feb 18th 2010 12:45PM
Elisabetta CanalisElisabetta Canalis, better known as George Clooney's current girlfriend, is reportedly in talks to play a "mysterious international secret agent" on season 3 of TNT's hit drama 'Leverage.' Clooney reportedly put her in touch with friend and guest star Richard Kind, who then connected her with the show's producers. Further proof that it pays to be George Clooney's girlfriend. [US Mag]

More casting news after the jump.

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'Millionaire' Contestant Insults Meredith Vieira's Age (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Feb 4th 2010 5:00PM
Of all the strategies for winning on a game show, we're pretty sure insulting the host isn't one of them. A contestant on 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire' (weekdays, syndicated) told host Meredith Vieira that, while working as a bartender, he earned the nickname "Big Sexy" from a woman he described as "older."

When asked by Vieira what he meant by this, the contestant explained the woman was somewhere in her early 50s. Vieira, who is 56, then reacts with mock indignation.

Watch the video after the jump.

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