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Who Wants to Be a Millionaire

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire

  • Premiered: 
    September 16, 2002
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  • Network: Syn
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Game Show & Contest
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Syndicated version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire 
  • Subject Matter: Quiz
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Plot Synopsis

WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE features contestants from all over the country and all walks of life, who play a trivia game with a chance to win $1 million by answering a series of pop culture and general knowledge questions. Contestants are given lifelines in case they need help or get stuck on a question with the goal of reaching the top prize on the show. Since this series debuted in syndication in 2002, contestants have won nearly $95 million. Season 12 premiered on Monday, September 2, 2013 (check local listings for time and channel, because the program is pre-empted on Labor Day in many cities) with a new host, Cedric 'The Entertainer.' The game is divided into two rounds. In the first round (questions 1-10), questions are shuffled and the monetary values behind the questions are randomized and hidden. Contestants do not find out the monetary value of each question until after they correctly answer it. In the second round (questions 11-14), contestants play Classic Millionaire, with only four questions remaining, valued at $100,000, $250,000, $500,000 and finally, $1 million. WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE returned for its thirteenth season on Monday, September 8, 2014 (check local listings for time and channel) with a new host: actor, author, fitness enthusiast, Old Spice pitchman and former NFL player Terry Crews. This season, a new lifeline called Plus One debuts, allowing the contestant's companion seated in the audience to be asked by the contestant to come down to the stage and help answer the question at hand. Plus, audience members can win $1,000 by competing in one of these three games: "Thousandaire," "Fastest Feet," or "Team Millionaire."
Season 14 of WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE premiered on Monday, September 14, 2015 (check local listings for time and channel), with a new host: Chris Harrison of THE BACHELOR franchise. This season, producers reintroduced the ladder format, with the difficulty building as each contestant makes his or her way closer to $1 million dollars. The 2015-16 ladder features 14 questions, with new dollar amounts for the early questions. Plus, three lifelines are available to each contestant: Ask the Audience and Plus One remained from the previous season, while the 50/50 lifeline returned.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Valleycrest Productions
  • Distributed by Disney-ABC Domestic Television