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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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What were the ten most-watched TV episodes of the decade?

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 2nd 2009 7:05PM
FriendsSome of this list is going to be very predictable and some of it is going to surprise you.

The Hollywood Reporter has the list of the ten most-watched TV episodes of the past ten years. Now, you know that shows like American Idol (season six premiere), Survivor (first season finale), and Friends (series finale) would be on the list, but how about the series finale of Spin City? Maybe it's because I never got into that show but I never really thought it would make the top ten (of the decade anyway). The ER episode where Lucy died is also in the top ten, as is the Grey's Anatomy episode that aired after the Super Bowl in 2006. The number three episode? Well, that just surprises and depresses the hell out of me.

Any episodes not make it that you thought would be on such a list?

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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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Millionaire goes friendless

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 8th 2009 12:39PM
Who Wants To Be A MillionaireWhen you think about, the "Phone-A-Friend" lifeline on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire has always been lame.

In theory it sounds good: if you don't know the answer you call a friend to see if they know. You even get to choose a few friends for your list so you can have people with different specialties/knowledge. So why did it fail so often? Friends that contestants called either got the question wrong, weren't that sure of the answer at all (forcing the contestant to use another lifeline to narrow it down more, like 50/50), or they couldn't even get their answer out before time ran out and the call was cut off. It always made me nervous.

Notice I used the past tense there. "Phone-A-Friend" is being dropped from the show.

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What's On Tonight: Don Hewitt, Miss Universe, Mad Men, Patton Oswalt

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 23rd 2009 4:02PM
  • Ice Road TruckersAt 7, CBS has a new 60 Minutes, a tribute to Don Hewitt, then new episodes of Big Brother and There Goes The Neighborhood.
  • NBC has two new episodes of Merlin starting at 7, followed by Miss Universe 2009.
  • At 7:30, Disney has a new Hannah Montana.
  • At 8, ABC has the finale of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, then new episodes of Shark Tank and Defying Gravity.
  • ESPN has the Red Sox/Yankees game at 8.
  • ESPN2 has the Little League World Series at 8.
  • At 8:30, Disney has a new Jonas.
  • At 9, Lifetime has a new Drop Dead Diva, followed by a new Army Wives.
  • History Channel has the season finale of Ice Road Truckers at 9, then two new episodes of Pawn Stars.
  • There's a new Iron Chef America on Food Network at 9.
  • Also at 9: HBO has a new True Blood, then new episodes of Hung and Entourage.
  • At 10, AMC has a new Mad Men.
  • HGTV has a new Design Star at 10.
  • Comedy Central has Patton Oswalt: My Weakness Is Strong at 10.
  • At 11:30, Cartoon Network has a new Robot Chicken.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: Big Brother, TNA Impact, Project Runway

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 20th 2009 4:03PM
  • Royal PainsAt 8, ABC has a new Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.
  • CBS has a new Big Brother at 8.
  • FOX has Pre-Season Football at 8, the Eagles vs. the Colts.
  • At 9, Syfy has the movie Rise of the Gargoyles.
  • Discovery has a new American Loggers at 9.
  • Spike has a new TNA Impact at 9.
  • BBC America has a new Skins at 9.
  • At 10, Lifetime has the season premiere of Project Runway., then the series premiere of Models of the Runway.
  • USA has a new Royal Pains at 10.
  • Food Network has a new Ace of Cakes at 10.
  • There's a new Real Housewives of Atlanta on Bravo at 10.
  • Also at 10: Showtime has a new Penn & Teller: Bullshit.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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What's On Tonight: Top Chef, Leverage, Ghost Hunters, Meet the Browns

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 19th 2009 4:06PM
  • Gordon RamsayAt 8, ABC has a new Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.
  • FOX has Octomom: The Incredible Unseen Footage at 8.
  • NBC has two new episodes of America's Got Talent at 8.
  • Nickelodeon has another new Glenn Martin, DDS at 8.
  • Cartoon Network has a new Bobb'e Says, then new episodes of Dude What Would Happen? and The Othersiders.
  • At 9, Bravo has the season premiere of Top Chef: Las Vegas, followed by the season finale of Top Chef Masters.
  • TBS has two new episodes of Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns at 9.
  • TNT has a new Leverage at 9, then a new Dark Blue.
  • Discovery has a new Man vs. Wild at 9.
  • There's a new Dog The Bounty Hunter on A&E at 9, followed by a new Criss Angel Mindfreak.
  • History Channel has a new MonsterQuest at 9.
  • BBC America has a new Gordon Ramsay's F Word at 9.
  • Also at 9: Syfy has a new Ghost Hunters.
  • At 10, MTV has a new episode of The Real World.
  • Food Network has a new Dinner: Impossible at 10.
  • At 10:30, Comedy Central has a new Michael & Michael Have Issues.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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What's On Tonight: Shaq Vs, The Universe, Flipping Out, Saving Grace

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 18th 2009 4:04PM
  • WSOPAt 8, ABC has a new Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, followed by the series premiere of Shaq Vs and a new Primetime: Outsiders.
  • FOX has a new Hell's Kitchen at 8, then a new More to Love.
  • ESPN has two new episodes of The World Series of Poker starting at 8.
  • Nickelodeon has a new Glenn Martin, DDS at 8.
  • At 9, CBS has a new Big Brother.
  • NBC has a new America's Got Talent at 9.
  • PBS has a new Nova scienceNOW at 9.
  • TNT has a new Hawthorne at 9, then the season finale of Saving Grace.
  • History Channel has a new episode of The Universe at 9.
  • There's a new Miami Social on Bravo at 9, followed by the season premiere of Flipping Out.
  • Also at 9: Syfy has a new Warehouse 13, then a new ECW.
  • At 9:30, Food Network has a new The Best Thing I Ever Ate.
  • At 10, FX has a new Rescue Me.
  • Discovery has a new episode of The Colony at 10.
  • HBO has a new Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel at 10.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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Patricia Heaton: good actress, bad at math

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 18th 2009 2:25PM
Math was my worst subject in school, by far, but I still think I would have gotten this question that Patricia Heaton got on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire last night. This is something that Debra would dump on Raymond about.

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What's On Tonight: Millionaire, Glenn Martin, DDS, Top Gear, Dating in the Dark

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 17th 2009 4:01PM
  • Guy FieriAt 7:30, Nickelodeon has two new episodes of Penguins of Madagascar, then the series premiere of Glenn Martin, DDS.
  • At 8, ABC has a new Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, followed by a new Dating in the Dark.
  • NBC has a new Great American Road Trip at 8.
  • ABC Family has a new Secret Life of the American Teenager at 8, then a new Make It or Break It.
  • ESPN has Pre-Season Football at 8, the Giants vs. the Panthers.
  • ESPN2 has Little League Baseball at 8.
  • BBC America has a new Top Gear at 8.
  • At 9, TLC has a new Jon & Kate Plus 8.
  • TNT has a new episode of The Closer at 9, then a new Raising the Bar.
  • USA has a new Monday Night RAW at 9.
  • At 10, NBC has a new Dateline.
  • Showtime has a new Weeds at 10, followed by a new Nurse Jackie.
  • TLC has a new Cake Boss at 10.
  • Food Network has a new Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives at 10.
  • Also at 10: Travel Channel has a new Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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What's On Tonight: Elvis, Big Brother, Mad Men, Robot Chicken

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 16th 2009 4:00PM
Merlin

  • TCM has Elvis Presley movie all night.
  • At 7, CBS has a new Michael Vick interview on 60 Minutes.
  • NBC has two new episodes of Merlin at 7.
  • The CW has a new Easy Money at 7.
  • Retro TV has Airwolf at 7, followed by the Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries and two episodes of the original Mike Hammer.
  • At 8, ABC has a new Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, then new episodes of Shark Tank and Defying Gravity.
  • CBS has a new Big Brother at 8, followed by a new There Goes The Neighborhood.
  • There's a new Challenge on Food Network at 8.
  • ESPN2 has Little League Baseball at 8.
  • Also at 8: Disney has a new Sonny with a Chance, followed by a new Jonas.
  • At 9, Lifetime has a new Drop Dead Diva, then a new Army Wives.
  • HBO has a new True Blood at 9, then new episodes of Hung and Entourage.
  • A&E has two new episodes of Gene Simmons' Family Jewels at 9.
  • History Channel has a new Ice Road Truckers at 9, followed by a new Pawn Stars.
  • At 10, AMC has the season premiere of Mad Men.
  • At 11:30, Cartoon Network has a new Robot Chicken.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: Little League, Royal Pains, Penn & Teller

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 13th 2009 4:05PM
  • Tosh.0Syfy has a Eureka marathon all night.
  • At 8, ABC has a new Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.
  • ESPN has Pre-Season Football at 8, the Steelers vs. the Cardinals.
  • ESPN2 has Little League Baseball at 8.
  • TCM has In A Lonely Place at 8, then The Big Heat.
  • At 9, Spike has a new TNA Impact!
  • At 10, USA has a new Royal Pains.
  • Food Network has a new Ace of Cakes at 10.
  • Bravo has a new Real Housewives of Atlanta at 10.
  • Showtime has a new Penn & Teller's Bullshit at 10.
  • There's a new Tosh.0 on Comedy Central at 10.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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Regis is plugging Millionaire everywhere - even CNBC

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 13th 2009 3:36PM
Regis Philbin played Millionaire on TV the other day, and not just on ABC. He actually showed up on a rival network, CNBC, and not only plugged the show but also played a stock-oriented version of the game called Who Wants To Be A Fast Millionaire.

[via TV Newser]

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Are you watching Millionaire?

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 12th 2009 5:29PM
Regis on MillionaireI have to admit, I'm a lover of game shows but even I'm not watching the 10th anniversary edition of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire on ABC. I keep forgetting it's even on, but if I remembered at 8PM I'd still skip it. Maybe it's the daytime version or the fact that it's on GSN several times a day.

The ratings haven't been too great in general (though they could be worse). Are you watching it?


Are you watching Millionaire?
Yes, I love it!111 (16.8%)
Caught the first ep, but stopped after that.73 (11.0%)
Millionaire is soooo 1999.477 (72.2%)

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