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25th Oct '16 11:25:21 AM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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* Gratuitous {{Filler}} and/or {{Padding}}, such as pauses before the reveal of the answers (sometimes [[CommercialBreakCliffhanger spilling over into commercial breaks]]). Sometimes coupled with [[SpoiledByTheFormat running out of time]] [[CliffHanger and having to wait till the next episode to see the exciting conclusion.]] And of course, the mandatory segment where the contestant tells the audience and host a little about themself. Which can result in:

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* Gratuitous {{Filler}} and/or {{Padding}}, such as pauses before the reveal of the answers (sometimes [[CommercialBreakCliffhanger spilling over into commercial breaks]]). Sometimes coupled with [[SpoiledByTheFormat running out of time]] [[CliffHanger and having to wait till the next episode to see the exciting conclusion.]] And of course, the mandatory segment where the contestant tells the audience and host a little about themself.themselves. Which can result in:
25th Oct '16 11:23:36 AM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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In 1999, things were looking bleak for the American GameShow genre. There were no prime-time network game shows, and the only shows around on the networks and syndication were holdovers from the 1970s and 1980s ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'', Whoopi Goldberg's ''Series/TheHollywoodSquares'' revival, the latest (and lamest) ''Series/MatchGame'' revival, and evergreens ''Series/WheelOfFortune'' and ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}''. Cable games weren't faring much better- most of the networks had either cancelled them (Creator/{{Lifetime}}, [[Creator/ABCFamily Fox Family]]), were shying away from game shows (Creator/{{Nickelodeon}}), or had completely rid themselves of them (Creator/USANetwork). Even Creator/{{GSN}} was at a low point, with several originals being either cancelled or not very good at all.

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In 1999, things were looking bleak for the American GameShow genre. There were no prime-time network game shows, and the only shows around on the networks and syndication were holdovers from the 1970s and 1980s ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'', Whoopi Goldberg's ''Series/TheHollywoodSquares'' revival, the latest (and lamest) ''Series/MatchGame'' revival, and evergreens ''Series/WheelOfFortune'' and ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}''. Cable games weren't faring much better- better -- most of the networks had either cancelled them (Creator/{{Lifetime}}, [[Creator/ABCFamily Fox Family]]), were shying away from game shows (Creator/{{Nickelodeon}}), or had completely rid themselves of them (Creator/USANetwork). Even Creator/{{GSN}} was at a low point, with several originals being either cancelled or not very good at all.
24th Oct '16 2:40:08 AM Gimere
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** A commemorative over-sized check being presented to the contestant if they win the grand prize.

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** A [[GiantNoveltyCheck commemorative over-sized check check]] being presented to the contestant if they win the grand prize.
17th Oct '16 11:18:30 AM Lirodon
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* ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' averts this trope. Although the studio has become somewhat darker and glitzier in recent years, and it is possible to lose a lot of money, the show debuted long before ''Millionaire''. Aside from those occasions when someone manages to be returning champion for 74 games straight, the show only really gives out prizes approaching $1,000,000 or more during special tournaments (such as the ''Million Dollar Masters'' and the '' Ultimate Tournament of Champions'', itself held in the wake of Ken Jennings' success). Also, ''Jeopardy'' has far less {{Padding}}, usually cramming all 61 questions into a half-hour slot.

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* ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' averts this trope. Although the studio has become somewhat darker and glitzier in recent years, and it is possible to lose a lot of money, the show debuted long before ''Millionaire''. Aside from those occasions when someone manages to be returning champion for 74 games straight, the show only really gives out prizes approaching $1,000,000 or more during special tournaments (such as the ''Million Dollar Masters'' Masters'', and the '' Ultimate ''Ultimate Tournament of Champions'', itself Champions'' held in the wake of Ken Jennings' success). Also, ''Jeopardy'' has far less {{Padding}}, usually cramming all 61 questions into a half-hour slot.


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* Perhaps the earliest clone was an obscure entry for the equally-obscure America One network, ''The Million Dollar Word Game'' (premiering in 1999), in which contestants had to clear through 14 rounds of word unscrambling in order to reach a prize board where they could possibly win $1,000,000. However, from a production standpoint, it had a very NoBudget look more akin to a public access show than one purporting to give away $1,000,000 (or, as the host announces at the start of the circulating episode, [[UpToEleven $5 million]]), and the host's demanor slowed things down more than anything.
13th Oct '16 4:27:25 PM Lirodon
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* ''Series/TheOneMillionChanceOfALifetime'' both subverted it (as it was aired in the 1986-87 season) ''and'' played it straight; you had the dramatic fanfares, the massive confetti drops, the family in the audience. But there weren't any Lifelines, and no money ladder; rather, champions had to be on for three days and play the bonus round on their third day to get the million- which wasn't even a lump sum but rather an annuity and, for the second season, an annuity worth $900,000 in total plus $100,000 in various prizes, including two cars. Indeed, it was more of a normal game show which just happened to have a really big set and top prize (apparently it started as a 1979 pilot called ''The Letter Machine'').

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* ''Series/TheOneMillionChanceOfALifetime'' both subverted it (as it was aired in the 1986-87 season) ''and'' played it straight; you had the dramatic fanfares, the massive confetti drops, the family in the audience. But there weren't any Lifelines, and no money ladder; rather, champions had to be on for three days and play the bonus round on their third day to get the million- which wasn't even a lump sum but rather an annuity and, for the second season, an annuity worth $900,000 in total plus $100,000 in various prizes, including two cars. Indeed, it was more of a normal game show which just happened to have a really big set and top prize (apparently it started as a 1979 pilot called ''The Letter Machine'').Machine'', while the British version dumped the big money gimmick into a rubbish bin and called it ''All Clued Up'').
20th Sep '16 6:13:46 PM themisterfree
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* ''Series/PakDePoenDeShowVan1Miljoen'' is a subversion. It was a Belgian game show financed by the national lottery that included a top price of 1 million BF that in its first round looks more like a contest. However the final round, where the only still standing contestant is trying to get his price of 1 million BF, is straight-up this, as the contestant gets a lifeline (in the form of switching one question for another) to answer 10 questions and he would win 100000$ per correct question, but if he fails to answer a question correctly he would only gain the money that he had won with previous ones. The 100 questions were also arranged in separate packages of 10. It's a subversion because the show was made in 1987, 10 years before Series/WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire debuted.

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* ''Series/PakDePoenDeShowVan1Miljoen'' is a subversion. It was a Belgian game show financed by the national lottery that included a top price of 1 million BF that in its first round looks more like a contest. However the final round, where the only still standing contestant is trying to get his price of 1 million BF, is straight-up this, as the contestant gets a lifeline (in the form of switching one question for another) to answer 10 questions and he would win 100000$ per correct question, but if he fails to answer a question correctly he would only gain the money that he had won with previous ones. The 100 questions were also arranged in separate packages of 10. It's a subversion because the show was made in 1987, 10 years before Series/WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire debuted.''Series/WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire'' debuted.
* ''Series/TheOneMillionChanceOfALifetime'' both subverted it (as it was aired in the 1986-87 season) ''and'' played it straight; you had the dramatic fanfares, the massive confetti drops, the family in the audience. But there weren't any Lifelines, and no money ladder; rather, champions had to be on for three days and play the bonus round on their third day to get the million- which wasn't even a lump sum but rather an annuity and, for the second season, an annuity worth $900,000 in total plus $100,000 in various prizes, including two cars. Indeed, it was more of a normal game show which just happened to have a really big set and top prize (apparently it started as a 1979 pilot called ''The Letter Machine'').
8th Sep '16 4:25:20 PM themisterfree
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In 1999, things were looking bleak for the American GameShow genre. There were no prime-time network game shows, and the only shows around were holdovers from the 1970s and 1980s ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'', Whoopi Goldberg's ''Series/TheHollywoodSquares'' revival, the latest (and lamest) ''Series/MatchGame'' revival, and evergreens ''Series/WheelOfFortune'' and ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}''. Cable games weren't faring much better- most of the networks had either cancelled them (Creator/{{Lifetime}}, [[Creator/ABCFamily Fox Family]]), were shying away from game shows (Creator/{{Nickelodeon}}), or had completely rid themselves of them (Creator/USANetwork). Even Creator/{{GSN}} was at a low point, with several originals being either cancelled or not very good at all.

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In 1999, things were looking bleak for the American GameShow genre. There were no prime-time network game shows, and the only shows around on the networks and syndication were holdovers from the 1970s and 1980s ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'', Whoopi Goldberg's ''Series/TheHollywoodSquares'' revival, the latest (and lamest) ''Series/MatchGame'' revival, and evergreens ''Series/WheelOfFortune'' and ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}''. Cable games weren't faring much better- most of the networks had either cancelled them (Creator/{{Lifetime}}, [[Creator/ABCFamily Fox Family]]), were shying away from game shows (Creator/{{Nickelodeon}}), or had completely rid themselves of them (Creator/USANetwork). Even Creator/{{GSN}} was at a low point, with several originals being either cancelled or not very good at all.
22nd Jul '16 8:18:03 PM Lirodon
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* ''Series/WhosStillStanding'': In the U.S. version of the Israeli show, there's one main challenger who challenges a circle of other contestants in duels over trivia. Most of the hallmarks are there; even better, the show managed to stay up to date and rips off the new "shuffle" format the syndicated version of ''Millionaire'' had started using; each contestant is worth between $1,000 and $20,000, and the final three contestants are worth $250,000, $500,000, and $1,000,000. Eventually got destroyed by ''Series/TheVoice'' and cancelled.

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* ''Series/WhosStillStanding'': In the U.S. version of the Israeli show, there's one main challenger who challenges a circle of other contestants in duels over trivia. trivia battles. Most of the hallmarks are there; even better, the show managed to stay up to date and rips there, plus it also ripped off the new "shuffle" format the syndicated version of ''Millionaire'' had started recently begun using; each contestant is worth a random value between $1,000 and $20,000, and the final three contestants are worth $250,000, $500,000, and $1,000,000. Eventually got destroyed by ''Series/TheVoice'' and cancelled.
26th Jun '16 11:57:33 PM Lirodon
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* In 2002, ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'' started doing primetime ''Million Dollar Spectacular'' episodes as an expansion of their military salute specials. They had a higher prize budget than the daytime version, and offered a chance to win $1 million by hitting the dollar on a bonus spin in the Showcase Showdown. It was otherwise the daytime show in primetime on a slightly redressed set (let's not forget the giant light-up $1,000,000 sign at the back of the audience!); it didn't magically turn into a ''Millionaire'' clone ... until they dimmed the lights and played suspenseful music on the bonus spin, that is. A second run of ''MDS'' episodes was done with then-new host Drew Carey during the WGA strike.

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* In 2002, ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'' started doing primetime ''Million Dollar Spectacular'' episodes as an expansion a follow-up to a run of their military salute specials. "Salute" specials the show ran following the September 11 attacks. They had a higher prize budget than the daytime version, show, and offered a chance for contestants to win $1 million by hitting the dollar on a bonus spin in the Showcase Showdown. Showdown (as opposed to the $11,000 prize normally given in daytime at the time). It was otherwise the daytime show in primetime on a slightly redressed dressed up set (let's not forget the giant light-up $1,000,000 [[SceneryPorn giant, lit-up "$1,000,000" sign at the back of the audience!); audience]]); it didn't magically turn into a ''Millionaire'' clone ... until they dimmed the lights and played suspenseful music on the bonus spin, that is. A second run of ''MDS'' episodes was done with then-new host Drew Carey during the WGA strike.
24th Jun '16 3:30:49 PM themisterfree
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In 1999, things were looking bleak for the American GameShow genre. There were no prime-time network game shows, and the only shows around were holdovers from the 1970s and 1980s ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'', Whoopi Goldberg's ''Series/TheHollywoodSquares'' revival, the latest (and lamest) ''Series/MatchGame'' revival, and evergreens ''Series/WheelOfFortune'' and ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}''. Cable games weren't faring much better- most of the networks had either cancelled them (Creator/{{Lifetime}}, [[Creator/ABCFamily Fox Family]]), were shying away from game shows (Creator/{{Nickelodeon}}), or had completely rid themselves of them (Creator/USANetwork). Even Creator/GSN had a low point, with several originals being either cancelled or not very good at all.

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In 1999, things were looking bleak for the American GameShow genre. There were no prime-time network game shows, and the only shows around were holdovers from the 1970s and 1980s ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'', Whoopi Goldberg's ''Series/TheHollywoodSquares'' revival, the latest (and lamest) ''Series/MatchGame'' revival, and evergreens ''Series/WheelOfFortune'' and ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}''. Cable games weren't faring much better- most of the networks had either cancelled them (Creator/{{Lifetime}}, [[Creator/ABCFamily Fox Family]]), were shying away from game shows (Creator/{{Nickelodeon}}), or had completely rid themselves of them (Creator/USANetwork). Even Creator/GSN had Creator/{{GSN}} was at a low point, with several originals being either cancelled or not very good at all.
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