or


[08/18/08 - 03:54 PM]
'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire' Kicks Off Seventh Season by Introducing New Changes to the Game, Creating New Levels of Excitement, Emotional Drama and Heart-Pounding Tension for Both Viewers and Contestants
Changes include questions played against a clock, updated lifelines and a brand new partnership with Skype, which will enable contestants to "Ask the Expert" for assistance through a face-to-face video call.

[via press release from ABC]

'Who Wants to be a Millionaire' Kicks Off Seventh Season by Introducing New Changes to the Game, Creating New Levels of Excitement, Emotional Drama and Heart-Pounding Tension for Both Viewers and Contestants

Meredith Vieira Helms the Popular Quiz Show, As a Re-Energized 'Millionaire' Premieres This Fall

NEW YORK, Aug. 18 -- "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire," with Emmy Award-winning host Meredith Vieira, kicks off its seventh season in national syndication by announcing new changes to the game, which are guaranteed to keep contestants and viewers on the edges of their seats -- including questions played against a clock, updated lifelines and a brand new partnership with Skype, which will enable contestants to "Ask the Expert" for assistance through a face-to face video call. The format changes will debut this fall, as a re-energized and even more exciting season of "Millionaire" premieres September 8, 2008. Go to http://www.millionairetv.com to find out where "Millionaire" airs in your market.

"Millionaire has been both made over and restored this season," says Michael Davies, executive producer. "We have looked at every element of the show -- the music, the graphics, the questions, the contestants, the lifelines and the overall gameplay -- and figured out how to make them stronger, more contemporary, more relatable and more exciting to the viewer. We've held on to all of the fundamental elements that people love about the brand -- but have built on that, to create the same level of emotion, drama and visual innovation that characterized the introduction of "Millionaire" to the U.S. in 1999."

NEW -- Clock on the Questions

The hot seat will become hotter than ever, as contestants will face a clock with each "Millionaire" question. Contestants will be required to give host Meredith Vieira their "final answer" within a pre-determined time limit that increases as questions become more difficult. If a contestant fails to give an answer before time expires, a buzzer sounds and the contestant will walk away with money they have already earned. The only way a contestant can stop the clock is to give an answer or choose a lifeline. Whatever time a contestant doesn't use for the first 14 questions is banked for use on the million-dollar question.

"After just a few days of taping, we've already noticed how having a clock on the questions, speeds up game play and builds tension-both with the contestants and the audience," says Davies. "The visual clock and this intense ticking sound reinforces the drama, making it that much more exciting."

According to Davies, contestants are allotted 15 seconds for the first five questions (valued at $100 -- $1,000), 30 seconds for the next five questions ($2,000 -- $25,000), 45 seconds for the next four questions ($50,000 -- $500.000), and 45 seconds plus banked time for the final million-dollar question.

NEW Lifeline Lineup

Contestants will be given four lifelines to help them navigate their way up to the one million dollar question -- "Ask The Audience," "Phone A Friend" -- and new for this season -- "Ask The Expert" and "Double Dip."

"Millionaire" has partnered with Skype this season for the new "Ask the Expert" lifeline. Contestants are invited to ask an expert's advice on any question beyond the $1,000 level. Experts appear via a live face-to-face Skype video call and will include newsmakers, journalists, former "Millionaire" contestants, politicians, doctors, professors and trivia champs, among others. Bill Nye appears during the show's first week, airing September 8-12, and Ogi Ogas, a former "Millionaire" contestant who won $500,000, appears during week two, airing September 15-19.

"Millionaire" revives the popular "Double Dip" lifeline, giving contestants two guesses on any question. The lifeline, which replaces the "50-50" lifeline, was first introduced during a special presentation of "Super Millionaire," which aired on ABC Primetime.

Leaving the lineup this year is the "Switch the Question" lifeline.

NEW Look

"Millionaire" adds graphic elements to the show, enhancing the viewing experience and creating a refreshed and modernized look and feel to the show. The "Millionaire Menu" reveals the categories of the contestant's 15 questions -- from "Scary Movies" to "SNL Characters" -- giving home viewers a sneak peek at what's coming up on the show.

The "Phone-a-Friend" lifeline gets a new look, too. When contestants opt for the lifeline, photos, names and hometowns of each of the three "Phone-a-Friend" candidates appear on screen.

"Millionaire" continues to showcase its unmatched blend of pop culture trivia and dynamic entertainment with host Meredith Vieira at the helm. A 33-year television veteran and multiple Emmy Award winner, Vieira brings her enthusiasm and endearing sense of humor to the "Millionaire" stage, guiding contestants through the popular game show's questions, lifelines and final answers. Vieira, the second woman ever to take home an Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host (2005), has hosted more game show episodes than any other female in history.

About "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire"

"Millionaire" is produced by Valleycrest Productions Ltd. and is distributed by Disney-ABC Domestic Television. Michael Davies and Leigh Hampton are executive producers. Meredith Vieira is co-executive producer. The game show is directed by Emmy Award-winning director Matthew Cohen.

About Disney-ABC Domestic Television

Disney-ABC Domestic Television is the domestic distribution arm of The Walt Disney Company, providing motion pictures and television programming to pay television, basic cable, broadcast television, video-on-demand (VOD), pay-per-view (PPV), mobile and broadband. Disney-ABC Domestic Television is a wholly owned subsidiary of Disney Enterprises, Inc.





  [august 2008]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
     


· WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE (SYNDICATION)
· WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE? (ABC)





[06/29/16 - 03:36 PM]
New Updated "Lost in Space" Series Coming Exclusively to Netflix
Reimagined by feature writing team Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, with Zack Estrin showrunning, the series will premiere worldwide on Netflix in 2018.

[06/29/16 - 02:03 PM]
Video: Netflix's "BoJack Horseman" Season Three Mane Trailer Is Here!
The season three trailer for "BoJack Horseman" is here and BoJack is a bona fide movie star!

[06/29/16 - 01:34 PM]
VH1 Greenlights New Late Night Talk Show with Host Marc Lamont Hill
CNN commentator and BET News host Marc Lamont Hill will anchor the weekly series delivering VH1's pop culture spin on the hottest entertainment news and gossip.

[06/29/16 - 12:28 PM]
Golf Channel Posts Most-Watched Second Quarter Ever
Golf Channel spins the numbers for the quarter to date.

[06/29/16 - 12:06 PM]
AMC Renews "Preacher" for an Expanded Second Season
The Sony Pictures Television-AMC Studios co-production is the #2 new series on cable this year among adults 18-49 and adults 25-54.

[06/29/16 - 11:40 AM]
LMN Debuts Drama Series "Blue: A Secret Life," Starring Julia Stiles on July 8
The project was originally commissioned in the US as "Blue," a three-season, short-form series for online channel WIGS.

[06/29/16 - 11:02 AM]
Video: Netflix's "Tallulah" - Trailer & Key Art Debut
Ellen Page and Allison Janney co-star in the project, which will debut on July 29.

[06/29/16 - 10:01 AM]
Sara Bareilles, DNCE and Pitbull Join All-Star Lineup of Performers for NBC's Annual "Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular"
Returning to emcee the broadcast are "Today" show co-hosts Willie Geist and Tamron Hall.

[06/29/16 - 10:01 AM]
HBO and Cinemax Bring Four Series to Comic-Con International: San Diego 2016
The HBO series "Game of Thrones," "Silicon Valley" and "Vice Principals" and the Cinemax series "Outcast" are confirmed for panels and autograph sessions.

[06/29/16 - 09:29 AM]
The Second Season of Pop's "Sing It On" Premieres on Wednesday, July 27 at 9:00 PM, ET/PT
The eight-episode docu-series showcases the real-life stories of four wickedly talented and highly charismatic collegiate a cappella teams.

[06/29/16 - 09:24 AM]
Get Ready to Rock This Summer with "AXS TV Concerts Hosted by Mark Cuban"
The new five-week series will run on Thursdays from August 11 through September 8.

[06/29/16 - 09:02 AM]
Ovation TV Sets Revolutionary Programming Stunt for Bastille Day, July 14
"Pardon Our French!," Ovation's day-long programming event, will feature French-themed films, documentaries and exclusive previews and behind-the-scenes footage from "Versailles."

[06/29/16 - 09:02 AM]
"Squidbillies" Season 10 Premieres Sunday, July 10 at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT on Adult Swim
This season features all-new covers of the theme song each week from a variety of musical artists including Father John Misty, Kurt Vile, The B-52s, Sharon Van Etten, Jimmy Cliff and Rebecca Schiffman.

[06/29/16 - 08:51 AM]
Stewart Copeland of The Police Rocks Out in Travel Channel's "Island Fever"
In the hour-long special, Copeland dives headfirst into the Java Sea to surf Bali's famous waves, drinks local moonshine in the rice fields and jams with a Balinese gamelan drumming group.

[06/29/16 - 08:35 AM]
Tuesday's Broadcast Ratings: "Got Talent" Once Again Keeps NBC on Top
The Peacock wins the night in adults 18-49 as well as total viewers.