Among the many morning shows vying for everyone’s attention, host Regis Philbin was a beacon of energy and friendliness who made his mark alongside the Kathie Lee Gifford and Kelly Ripa. In primetime, Philbin kept audiences in suspense and made the tedious process of answering trivia questions a rollercoaster ride of excitement on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. Unfortunately, that bright spot on the small screen has disappeared as Regis Philbin has passed away at 88 years old. Read More »
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The Series: Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Celebrity Edition
Where You Can Stream It: Hulu
The Pitch: It’s the beloved game show that everyone was obsessed with in the late 1990s and early 2000s, but with famous faces in the hot seat playing for charity. Since this run of episodes was recorded just before the coronavirus pandemic shut down productions, there’s no live audience, and only a small crew to make this show happen. The result is a vibe is a lot more laid back, and host Jimmy Kimmel has a good time ribbing contestants like Catherine O’Hara, Anthony Anderson, Caitlin Olson, Nikki Glaser, Hannibal Buress, Lauren Lapkus, and more, resulting in a great way to pass the time, especially for those who are missing their weekly trivia nights.
Why It’s Essential Viewing: Who Wants to Be a Millionaire was a phenomenon that launched back in 1999 after the United Kingdom struck gold with the trivia game show. Though you might not know it, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire has been on air non-stop until it was canceled last year with the final episode airing almost exactly one year ago on May 19. But ABC decided to bring back the show with Jimmy Kimmel as host, and they added some celebrity players to spice things up for an event run of the series. The result is a show that tickles your trivia bone and also comes with some big laughs, largely thanks to the banter between Jimmy Kimmel and the guests as they deliberate the answers to the game show’s questions. Read More »
You know what’s more fun than watching a quiz show? Watching a series about a scandal where a couple tried to cheat on one of the most popular television quiz shows of all-time. AMC has a story just like that coming your way next month.
Quiz is a new three-part miniseries that tells the story of how Major Charles Ingram (Matthew Macfadyen) used his wife Diana (Sian Clifford of Fleabag) and an accomplice, Tecwen Whittock (Michael Jibson of Hamilton), to cheat his way to the top prize on the United Kingdom version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? during its heyday in 2001. The first Quiz teaser has just been released, giving us a better look at the series. Read More »
Snoop Dogg appeared on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire 10th Anniversary Special and is asked a $50,000 question about Zack Snyder’s movie adaptation of Watchmen. But it turns out Snoop fell asleep while watching the movie and might not know the answer. Thanks to movieboy for the tip. Watch the video embedded after the jump.
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