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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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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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10 Greatest Game Show Hosts in History

by Leonard Jacobs, posted Dec 23rd 2009 10:00AM
Hosting a game show is something of an art. You've got to be amiable but authoritative, and you've got to make it look easy. You've got to look happy when a contestant walks away with thousands of dollars (or even millions, at this point) and you've got to look contrite when a contestant loses -- especially if due to a bad answer. You've got to project warmth, seem approachable and always appear ready for fun, even when enforcing the rules.

Since the first quiz shows of the late 1940s, through the infamous scandals of the 1950s, up until the present day of huge cash prizes, game-show hosting has been an amazing long-term gig for the people -- almost always men -- who get the job. Who, then, are the 10 greatest game-show hosts in history? Check out our after the jump.

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Fox and Mark Burnett Team Up for 'Our Little Genius'

by Elizabeth Chan, posted Nov 12th 2009 11:30AM
Are you or your family in need of life changing money? Do you have a 6-12 year old with mental capacity that might make you constantly question his or her genetics? Well, lucky for you Fox just announced a brand new game show called 'Our Little Genius.' Take your own little prodigy to the next contestant open call and you may be on the road to making some big bucks off of your child's big brain.

How much money? According to the show's producers it's up to the parents -- but promises to be in the at least hundreds of thousands of dollars category! (Read: No official sponsor for the show yet.)

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Why college students don't belong on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire

by Joel Keller, posted Nov 2nd 2009 4:29PM
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire logoSomething about the syndicated Who Wants to Be a Millionaire seems off this season. It might be the gimmicky "Tournament of Ten" that they've been building towards; it starts next week. Or it might be the bumped-up money tree they've instituted, paired with tougher questions; now it's easier to get the first safety level (now $5,000) but much more difficult to get to the second (still $25,000).

But what might also be off is that the producers have been mixing in some very young contestants into the show, and when they're on, the program screeches to a halt.

Why? They're too young. Even if they're the most book-smart kids on the planet, their knowledge of pop culture and historic events goes back maybe ten years, and those questions are a large part of the stack most contestants get.

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Simon Cowell Nearing 'American Idol' Deal & More TV News

by Andrew Scott, posted Aug 11th 2009 2:45PM
Simon CowellSimon Cowell is reportedly finalizing a deal to extend his 'American Idol' fun for three additional seasons.

Also in the news today: 'Pee-Wee''s Paul Reubens stages a comeback, while TNT renews 'HawthoRNe' for a second season.

See more of today's top TV headlines after the jump.

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Hot Video: 'Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?' Interview With Regis Philbin

by Maggie Furlong, posted Aug 5th 2009 6:00AM
Regis Philbin, Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?Regis Philbin is still a mainstay on morning TV, but remember the good ole days when he had a show in primetime, too? Game show fans rejoice -- 'Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?' is back for a special 10th anniversary 11-episode run (Sunday through Thursday, premiering Sunday, Aug. 9, 8PM ET on ABC).

AOL TV sat down with Reege -- who promptly admitted "I never thought I'd do it again" -- to find out exactly why the show went away (four nights a week was "just too much"), why it's back now ("then along came this movie ['Slumdog Millionaire'] ... it sure got people talking about it!") and the celebrity guests stopping by to play for charity (Lauren Conrad tweeted the other day before filming her spot). -- By Maggie Furlong

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What to Watch Aug. 3-9

by Kim Potts, posted Aug 2nd 2009 3:00PM
Jon & Kate Plus 8'Jon & Kate Plus 8' (9PM, TLC)
Gosh, wonder whatever happened to that nice Gosselin family?

We kid, of course, because you can't pick up a celeb magazine or surf a gossip blog without learning more than you want to about the new love life of big daddy Jon.

But after a five-week hiatus that was sparked by the Gosselins' separation, we finally get a peek at how the rest of the fam is doing, as Kate takes the kiddies and heads to the beach, while the Ed Hardy-wearin' paterfamilias stays home to supervise kitchen at the family home.

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Do we really need commercial breaks anymore?

by Brad Trechak, posted Apr 23rd 2009 10:03AM
Reality TVAn opinion was put forth at a Hollwood Radio and TV Society luncheon for reality television executives that questions the use of the 30-second spot in that type of programming anymore (the entire context was about the decline in television advertising, in general). While they were referring to reality TV, I was wondering if that question could be asked of television, in general.

Consider this: the BBC in England doesn't use commercials. They get money via other methods such as merchandising. While I don't think that would work in America, why ruin the flow of the show? The existence of Tivo somewhat renders commercial breaks moot. We already see ads scrolling around the sides of the screen during many television shows (Fox is notorious for them), not to mention product placement, so why not use that method for all advertisements for all shows?

I ask this of you, television viewers: would seeing commercials during the run of a program sell more products, or would it just ruin the viewing experience?

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Best '90s TV Shows

by Kim Potts, posted Feb 9th 2009 1:00PM
We know, we know ... another "best of" list.

But this isn't any old list – our Top 40 TV Shows of the '90s is just the first in a new series of countdowns in which we'll put our AOL Television seal of approval on the top 40 series of every decade.

Every other month we'll tackle another decade, going all the way back to the '50s, to recall the best comedies (hello 'Lucy'), the best prime-time soaps (do you remember who shot JR?), the best cop shows, animated series and groundbreaking TV shows.

So kick off 50 years of silver-screen bests with the greatest shows of the '90s, including everyone from 'Beavis,' 'Buffy' and 'Simpsons' to 'Freaks and Geeks' and teens on the 'Creek.'

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