Despite the ongoing Coronavirus crisis – which has put several productions including both CBS Daytime game shows, Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy!, BattleBots and The $100,000 Pyramid to a screeching halt – ABC’s revival of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire is still on track to air this week. Unfortunately, these episodes were weirdly filmed without a studio audience because of the rising pandemic, even though free tickets were available to the public to attend the tapings.
Beginning Wednesday, April 8 at 10:00pm ET, comedian and late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel takes the helm in this primetime series of celebrity specials celebrating’s the show’s 20th anniversary. Modern Family star Eric Stonestreet and Saturday Night Live alum Will Forte are the first two celebrities to face the Hot Seat for a chance to win $1 million for their respective charities Building Hope For Autism and The Pangea Network. Other star-studded contestants include CNN’s Anderson Cooper, actress/activist Jane Fonda, Black-ish star Anthony Anderson, comedian Nikki Glaser and Dr. Phil McGraw.
The series returns to its roots with its classic Hot Seat set design and modernized in the similar manner the ITV version has in the U.K. Throughout the eight-episode run, we’ll also have a chance to see the return of the original three lifelines (50:50, Phone-A-Friend, Ask The Audience) and the stars will have the opportunity to invite a special guest of their choosing to help the celebrity’s climb to the million-dollar prize.
As a special bonus for home viewers, Millionaire has also released a live-quizzing app called Millionaire Live for iOS and Android devices. Each evening at 11:05pm ET following every new episode of Millionaire, U.S. viewers will have the opportunity to win the same cash prizes earned by the stars with Kay Adams (NFL Network’s Good Morning Football) hosting each live game. Similar to HQ Trivia, the players who answer all 15 questions correctly split the night’s winnings. (Don’t worry – unlike HQ Trivia, you’ll have the 50:50, Go With The Audience and Double Dip lifelines by your side throughout the live games.)
As an extra bonus, you can check out the ABC News special Who Wants To Be A Millionaire: Secrets & Surprises right now on ABC.com! Featuring the original U.S. host Regis Philbin and executive producer Michael Davies, this hourlong special takes you behind the scenes of the iconic primetime game show from its humble beginnings to how it has become the global phenomenon it is today.