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It's 'Million Dollar Money Drop' Times Four as No One Wins Anything Tonight (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 14th 2011 12:46AM
'Million Dollar Money Drop'One of the unique twists of 'Million Dollar Money Drop' (Thu., 8PM on Fox) is that the contestants get to see and touch all that money they could win. It makes it even worse when you lose money that for a moment you were able to fantasize was already yours, like maybe ... $800,000, eh FOX?

Multiply that feeling of loss by four contestants and make it an even million each and you've got tonight's installment. Every one of them watched their entire million dollars drop down the chute, and by their reactions you would have thought they'd just pulled the money from their checking accounts.

Does the site of all that cash affect their ability to concentrate? It might be hard to focus on the most popular baby boy name of 2009 when you're simultaneously planning where you want to take your first cruise.

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'Million Dollar Money Drop' Contestant Gabe Okoye Speaks Out

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 30th 2010 6:00PM
Million Dollar Money DropLosing $800,000 on a TV game show is tough enough. But, losing $800,000 then finding out you were actually right? It's "haunting," according to 'Million Dollar Money Drop' contestant Gabe Okoye.

Yes, the 'Million Dollar Money Drop' saga continues. The wronged contestant spoke to the Hollywood Reporter about his ordeal and said what they showed on TV was edited, he was a "worse than that."

"I was haunted for a long time between the taping and the actual airing. I was distraught," Okoye told the Hollywood Reporter. "I'd like to know someone who has lost money like that and just smiled about it."

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'Million Dollar Money Drop' Host Kevin Pollak Speaks

by Jean Bentley, posted Dec 28th 2010 10:00AM
Kevin PollakAmidst all this controversy surrounding 'Million Dollar Money Drop' and its vaguely worded Post-it question, the show's host would like to remind you of one thing: The couple in question lost anyway.

"They never had a chance to win that money. Ever. No matter what," Kevin Pollak told The Hollywood Reporter. "They got the last question wrong. None of the clips show the last question."

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'Million Dollar Money Drop' Allows Post-it Couple to Compete Again

by Jean Bentley, posted Dec 27th 2010 10:00AM
'Million Dollar Money Drop'After a couple lost $800,000 on Fox's new game show 'Million Dollar Money Drop' last week, Internet research proved their answer about when Post-it notes were introduced -- deemed incorrect on the show -- was actually correct. Though the network and producers at first stood by their erroneous answer, executive producer Jeff Apploff now confirms that the couple will be allowed to compete again.

"Unfortunately, the information our research department originally obtained from 3M regarding when Post-it notes were first sold was incomplete. As a result of new information we have received from 3M, we feel it is only fair to give our contestants, Gabe and Brittany, another shot to play 'Million Dollar Money Drop' even though this question was not the deciding question in their game," Apploff said in a statement released on Friday.

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'Million Dollar Money Drop' Still Won't Give Players Their $800,000, Fox Executive Denies That Any Mistake Was Made (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Dec 23rd 2010 8:00AM
'Million Dollar Money Drop' Still Won't Give Players Their $800,000, Fox Executive Denies That Any Mistake Was Made'Million Dollar Money Drop' is having the most controversial debut of any game show, ever. The show seemed fun, at first. Watching tons of money being dumped down a chute had a certain visceral charm, in a gross sort of way.

But now, things are getting weirder. On tonight's episode (Wed., 9PM ET on Fox), a couple won $240,000, while debating the relative merits of Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. Which is nice, but ...

... But most people are distracted by the scandal that took place on the show's first episode. During the premiere, Gabe Okoye and Brittany Mayi lost $800,000 after they answered a trivia question "incorrectly." There was only one problem. ... They weren't really wrong. But now, a Fox executive is denying that show made any mistake, and is insisting that the netwok is not at fault.

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'Million Dollar Money Drop' Producer Stands By Post-It Question, Pauly D Gets His Own Show and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Dec 22nd 2010 6:30PM
'Million Dollar Money Drop''Million Dollar Money Drop' executive producer Jeff Apploff stands by the now-infamous Post-It question from Monday night's premiere that saw a couple lose $800,000 on an incorrect answer.

While the show said the sticky notes were introduced in 1980, bloggers pointed out that 3M's website made it seem as if they were introduced earlier.

"The integrity of the questions and answers on our show are our No. 1 priority," Apploff said in a statement. "In this case, our research team spoke directly with 3M, and they confirmed that although they had given out free samples in test markets in 1977 and 1978, it wasn't until 1980 that Post-Its were sold in stores. 'Million Dollar Money Drop' stands behind the answer that was revealed on the show."

In other TV news ...

'Bachelor Pad' season 2? Sure, why not. Host Chris Harrison said it'll probably happen. "Everybody really wants to do it again. Nobody has officially signed on the dotted line, but I feel really good that it's going to happen again." [Zap2it]

Pauly D is officially getting his own show. The 'Jersey Shore' star signed a solo deal with MTV to star in his own series. MTV EVP Chris Linn said Pauly D has "distinguished himself onscreen as the fun-loving, well-coiffed and dependable guy you can't help but want to hang out with." [The Hollywood Reporter]

'Lone Ranger' announcer Fred Loy died Dec. 22 of natural causes. The legendary radio star was 89 years old. [Variety]

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'Million Dollar Money Drop' Has a Winner -- But Did the Show Make a $800,000 Mistake? (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Dec 22nd 2010 3:18AM
'Million Dollar Money Drop' Has a Winner -- But Did the Show Make a $800,000 Mistake?Well, we all drop the ball from time to time. On tonight's 'Million Dollar Money Drop' (Tue., 9PM ET on Fox), the game show had is first-ever winners. But a previous mistake by the show may have cost a couple $800,000.

On Monday, Gabe Okoye and Brittany Mayi lost nearly a million dollars on a single question. The show gives players $1 million to start out, but if they answer incorrectly, their money disappears through a trap-door. Brittany and Gabe got this question: "Which of these products was sold in stores first?" The options were: (a) The Apple Macintosh, (b) The Sony Walkman, or (c) The Post-It Note.

Gabe convinced his girlfriend to bet $800,000 on Post-It Notes being the right answer. But he was "wrong," and the couple lost the money. Now, it looks like the show's producers made the mistake.

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'Million Dollar Money Drop' Wrong Answer Was Actually Correct, MTV to Air Abortion Special and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Dec 21st 2010 7:00PM
'Million Dollar Money Drop'Last night on Fox's 'Million Dollar Money Drop,' a couple bet on which product was sold in stores first: the Macintosh computer, the Sony Walkman or Post-It notes.

The pair was convinced the answer was Post-Its, but lost $800,000 when host Kevin Pollack told them their answer was incorrect -- it was the walkman. However, according to Gawker, their answer was right all along.

Though Post-It notes didn't go on sale nationally until 1980, they were sold in test markets as early as 1977. It's not clear whether Fox will correct the mistake.

In other TV news ...

HBO will broadcast Broadway's 'The Pee-Wee Herman Show' in 2011. Paul Reubens' limited-run stage show ends Jan. 2; HBO will film in January. Geez HBO, if you like it so much, why don't you marry it? [HBO]

MTV will air a special about abortion called 'No Easy Decision' on Dec. 28. Host Dr. Drew will discuss the topic with Markai, a former '16 and Pregnant' subject who is pregnant again. The network says the show will tackle all sides of the issue. [Entertainment Weekly]

'Skating With the Stars' judge Laurie Ann Gibson is reportedly receiving death threats on the set of the show. Apparently, they're because of her friendship with fellow judge Johnny Weir. [Perez Hilton]

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A Couple Bets $800,000 on Post-It Notes, on 'Million Dollar Money Drop' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Dec 21st 2010 1:30AM
A Couple Bets $800,000 on Post-It Notes, on 'Million Dollar Money Drop'Most game shows give you the prize at the end. The new series 'Million Dollar Money Drop' (Mon., 8PM ET on Fox) reverses this concept. Players are given $1 million to start with -- the test is whether they can hang on to it.

Contestants must answer seven multiple-choice questions to keep the $1 million. But if they guess wrong, the money is lost ... literally. It plummets away forever, falling through a trap door. The first players are a couple named Gabe and Brittany. They get this question:

WHICH OF THESE WAS SOLD IN STORES FIRST? -- A) The Macintosh Computer. B) The Sony Walkman. C) The Post-It Note.

The pair has $880,000 left. Gabe is sure the answer is "Post-It Note." Brittany is sure it's "Walkman." Gabe convinces her to bet $800,000 of their cash on Post-Its. "Ohhh, that's a lot of money," his girlfriend says. Do you know the answer? ... Is Gabe right?

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Los Angeles School District Declines 'Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution,' 'Harry Potter' Actress Joins 'True Blood' and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 8th 2010 11:10AM
Jamie OliverIt seems not everybody wants a 'Food Revolution' -- The Los Angeles Unified School District has rejected an offer to take part in Jamie Oliver's reality series.

According to TV Guide, Oliver faced resistance when he filmed the first season of 'Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution' in West Virginia, and Los Angeles -- the proposed location for season 2 -- is also proving to be difficult. The school district's director of partnerships in the superintendent's office, Melissa Infusino, sent a letter to the show's producers saying participating would take up too much time.

"We believe our direct work with nutrition experts, health advocates, the community, schools and students is the most effective strategy for our continued success and improvement," Infusino said.

ABC says the show is still in early creative stages and would not comment on a possible location change.

In other TV news ...

Amy Sedaris, star of 'Strangers With Candy,' will guest on Fox's 'Raising Hope.' Details on Sedaris' character are scarce, but she will make out with Burt (Garret Dillahunt). [Hollywood Reporter]

Fiona Shaw, known for her role as Aunt Petunia in the 'Harry Potter' films, will be a series regular on 'True Blood.' Shaw will join the season 4 cast as Marnie, a palm reader who gets taken over by the spirit of a witch. [Deadline Hollywood]

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