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‘Who Wants To Be a Millionaire’ to Celebrate 20 Years

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire

Twenty years ago ABC debuted a new primetime game show that was crazy popular and nothing else that was on TV during that time. Hosted by Regis Philbin, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? set out to make contestants rich if they were successful in answering correctly a series of increasingly difficult multiple choice questions. The show promised a larger payoff than any other TV series and people tuned in religiously each week to see if this would be the night where a contestant would walk away a million bucks richer.

The new limited series is an all-star edition hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. But before the new show, ABC will present the one-hour special, Who Wants To Be a Millionaire? Secrets & Surprises on Monday, April 6 which will feature interviews with Philbin, past host Meredith Vieira, new host Kimmel as well as Michael Davies, the show’s original executive producer.

Eric Stonestreet and Jimmy Kimmel on the the set of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? (ABC)

The new series begins on Wednesday, April 8 and since many of the contestants are already millionaires (or close to it) they instead will be playing for charity. Special guests include Eric Stonestreet, Will Forte, Nikki Glaser, Anthony Anderson, Catherine O’hara, Ike Barinholtz, Lauren Lapkus, Kaitlin Olson and even Dr. Phil.

For the first time in the history of the U.S. franchise, celebrities playing on Millionaire can invite a guest to help them answer questions. It could be a relative, a beloved teacher or a famed trivia expert – anyone they want – to help them win as much money as they can for the charity of their choice. Additionally, this special run of shows will be introducing a new lifeline, Ask the Host, and a revolutionary, live, play-along app which will allow America to compete to win the same amount of money that celebrities are playing for on the show.

You Can Win Too!

Millionaire Live, an app created as a companion to the show is available for download now. Kay Adams, who currently serves as host of Good Morning Football on the NFL Network, will be hosting the app which offers America the chance to play in a live game beginning five minutes after the end of each episode (ET time). Starting at 11:05 p.m. EDT/8:05 p.m. PDT, on evenings of new episodes of Millionaire, America will compete to win the same amount that the celebrities won for charity, and the grand prize will be split among all winners in each game. This live, play-along app will be available for download beginning today and will feature three lifelines for competitors at home, including 50/50, Go With The Audience and Double Dip, a lifeline which allows players to choose two answers.

Millionaire Live, published by Sony Pictures Television Games, is available for download on iOS and Android devices. It is open to legal U.S. residents, 18 or older. No purchase is necessary. For official game rules, restrictions and full details on how to play, visit https://sites.sonypictures.com/millionairelive/.

Who Wants To Be a Millionaire? Secrets & Surprises will air on Monday, April 6 and the new show will premiere on Wednesday, April 8 with both beginning at 10 p.m.

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Jeffrey Totey View All

I write about pop culture, arts and entertainment in the greater Seattle area.

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