Trivia / Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?


  • Adored by the Network: ABC's version, so much so it caused a Hype Backlash.
    • The Nine Network's Australian version is a more reasonable instance; it held the same Monday night timeslot for seven years, and it's been on weekdays at 5:30 since 2009.
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  • Fan Nickname: The show's name is commonly shortened to Millionaire, including on the show itself. Meredith and every other host through Terry Crews rarely, if ever, said the show's full title. Chris Harrison has occasionally used the full name more than his predecessors, though.
    • "Llama" was a longtime fan term for any question gotten wrong in the first five questions ($100-$1,000 under the original money ladder), named after the losing answer for the first $100 question that a contestant missed.note 
  • I Am Not Spock: Especially during the early 2000s, Regis was so identified with this show that nearly everyone that saw him outside the context of the show couldn't help but ask him "Is that your final answer?" Regis mentioned this numerous times in his autobiography, Who Wants to Be Me? (in one instance, he didn't want to go get his wife popcorn from the theater snack stand because he didn't want to have to deal with the person behind the counter asking: "Is that your final popcorn?!"). The book even featured a comic on the back cover where an unamused Regis is asked this by everyone, culminating in him snapping by shooting a guy and ending up on death row. What does the last rites priest ask? "Is that your final meal?"
  • Missing Episode:
    • The first US celebrity edition's episodes (where Drew Carey and Rosie O'Donnell won $500,000 each for their charities), and the episode where Ed Toutant returned after a flawed $16,000 question and went on to win a $1,860,000 progressive jackpot, have never been rerun on GSN even though Millionaire reruns are quite common on that network.
    • Tim Shields' return appearance was never televised at all. In his initial appearance he lost on his $16,000 question, but later showed up in the Tournament of Champions special. When Tim made it into the hot seat in the TOC, Regis touched on this saying the production staff didn't have the right answer to his losing $16,000 question either, so they brought him back, and he went on to win $500,000. Highlights were shown of his $125,000, $250,000, and $500,000 questions, but the full game was never aired.note 
    • The infamous Charles Ingram episode of the Uk version was pulled both for the investigation, and the fact that it was recorded on September 10th 2001. It would be aired exactly once, in 2003 immediately after a special explaining how the scam apparently went down.
  • The Pete Best: Averted. Meredith hosted the show for 11 years versus only 3 for Regis, but the show was at its most popular with Regis at the helm and both Meredith and Regis are known for more than just hosting Millionaire.
  • Screwed by the Lawyers: The change to the Super Mix format seemed to be ringing of this, especially considering it followed the victory by Celador International (which created the show) over Disney to the tune of $270 Million regarding royalty fees.
  • Screwed by the Network: ABC's over-milkage of the show eventually led to a drop in the show's popularity and subsequent cancellation. It still lives on in syndication, but hasn't been the same since.
  • Short-Lived Big Impact: The ABC version only lasted three seasons, yet its impact on the then-flagging game show industry was massive, as explained by Who Wants to Be "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?".
  • What Could Have Been: Before the ABC version began production, Peter Jennings (longtime anchor for ABC's World News Tonight), Bob Costas, Phil Donahue and Montel Williams were all considered before Regis was chosen.
    • The project initially began as a revival attempt for The $64,000 Question, before producer Michael Davies saw the British version of Millionaire and instead chose to remake it for the US. (CBS and Dick Clark Productions produced a pilot for a $64,000 Question revival hosted by Bryant Gumbel in 2000 to ride the wave this show created, but it wasn't picked up.)
  • Wolverine Publicity: The driving force of the US version's Hype Backlash and cancellation on ABC.


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