'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire' Announces Upcoming Celebrity Edition of the Game Show
'Celebrity Millionaire' to Air in November Sweeps
Game Show Kicks Off 'Million Dollar Buddy Contest' on Tuesday, September 27
Add 'MillionaireIM' to Your AOL(R) or AIM(R) Buddy List(R) Feature, and You
May End Up in the 'Millionaire' Hot Seat!
NEW YORK, Sept. 22 -- "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire," hosted
by Emmy(R) Award-winning host Meredith Vieira, is adding a week-long
installment of "Celebrity Millionaire" to their November sweeps programming
slate. The specialty shows will feature famous faces in the "Millionaire" hot
seat, playing for the charity of their choice. The shows are scheduled to air
November 7 - 11, 2005.
"We are thrilled to be doing celebrity editions again on 'Millionaire,'"
said executive producer Michael Davies. "We had tremendous success with
celebrity shows on primetime 'Millionaire' and we felt it was time to let that
success translate into syndication."
Nearly $14,000,000 has been given away to charity on past celebrity
editions of "Millionaire." Rosie O'Donnell, Drew Carey and Norm MacDonald are
the only three celebrities who have reached the $1 million question. They
each raised $500,000 for their charities.
Additionally, "Millionaire" will launch the "Million Dollar Buddy Contest"
on Tuesday, September, 27. Those people who add "MillionaireIM" to their
AOL(R) or AIM(R) Buddy List(R) Feature, and participate in "Millionaire's"
interactive "Ask The Audience" lifeline could win a trip to the "Millionaire"
Buena Vista Television and America Online, Inc. partnered on a
groundbreaking initiative last year that allows AOL(R) members and AIM(R)
users to participate in "Millionaire" tapings. When a contestant selects the
"Ask The Audience" lifeline during the taping of a show, he or she can see the
response of the studio audience as well as those participating via IM. Last
season, more than 440,000 people added the "MillionaireIM" screen name to
their AOL(R) or AIM(R) Buddy List(R) feature.
Beginning Tuesday, September 27, "Millionaire" will track participants'
correct responses sent to "MillionaireIM." The screen name that submits the
most correct answers during the contest period, from September 27 -
December 8, 2005, will win a trip for two to the Walt Disney World Resort(R)
in Florida, where he or she will tape an episode(s) of the television show at
the "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire -- Play It!" attraction at Disney's MGM
"This is the first time that 'Millionaire' has provided a way for people
to WIN a trip to the hot seat and by-pass the traditional contestant audition
process," said Davies. "For anyone who has auditioned in the past and not
been chosen, or for those who are not physically able to travel to NYC to
audition, this contest provides an amazing opportunity to win a trip to the
hot seat and potentially, $1 million."
Each contest participant must be at least 18 years old, a U.S. resident
and must meet all eligibility requirements. To qualify, the winner must be
signed on to AOL or AIM between the hours of 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EST) on
Friday, December 9, 2005 to receive a qualifying "IM" from "Millionaire." Go
to http://www.millionairetv.com for complete official contest and "Millionaire"
SOURCE Buena Vista Television