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Who Wants To Be A Millionaire - Show Summary

The US version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire TV show began in 1999 and copied the original British TV show of the same name.

The US show made history by becoming the first U.S. network game show with a top prize of 1 million dollars. The show has seen a variety of taping locations and hosts.

The show is a game show format where contestants answer general knowledge questions with an ever increasing prize format, similar to the $64,000 Question TV show format from the 1950's. In 2010 the show changed its question format from 15 questions of ascending difficulty to 14 questions of random difficulty.

The show also features some interesting lifelines when the contestant is stumped on a particular question with options such as "Phone a Friend", "50/50" and "Ask the audience." To get to the million dollars, contestants must answer fifteen multiple choice questions. The show was switched from Network Television to a syndicated cable TV show in 2002.
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Free Tickets To Who Wants To Be A Millionaire:

You can order free tickets to Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. Please check today's free tv show ticket list to see the availability. The TV show is now taped at Bally's Las Vegas.
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Standby Tickets Who Wants To Be A Millionaire:

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Who Wants To Be A Millionaire - Terry Crews
  Who Wants To Be A Millionaire now tapes five times more shows than it did when it was a weekly network TV show back in its heyday, but Millionaire hasn't actually given out a million dollars since 2009. Even prior to this current drought, there was a previous six year drought, between 2003 and 2009, with no one walking off the set with the million dollar check. By all counts, there is a lopsided list of winners with nine of the last twelve million dollar winners that were all in the original network show, which was prior to 2001, back when Regis Philbin was the host. Despite the odds of winning the million dollars is now extremely remote, the WWTBAM TV show is still a great deal of fun to see and be a contestant on. The warm-up team gets the crowd going and soft drinks and snacks are supplied that keep the audience and contestants invigorated and energized. The show used to be shot in Stamford, Connecticut - so it was less-than-ideal for New Yorkers, but now it is even more difficult due to the show relocating to Las Vegas. The producers decided to move for 15th season, because Las Vegas is a larger area with more people.
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Terry Crews - Who wants to be a millionaire  

Chris Harrison 2015 - Current Host

Chris Harrison was born in Dallas, Texas on July 26, 1971. The TV host is synonymous with ABC’s long running The Bachelor franchise, as he has hosted the show and each of its variations (The Bachelorette, The Bachelor Pad and Bachelor’s Paradise) since its debut in 2002. The Dallas native attended Oklahoma City University on a soccer scholarship, which segued into his television career where he began by covering local sports and later horse racing for the TVG network. Harrison had married his college girlfriend, with whom he has two children with.

In May 2012, Harrison and his wife announced their divorce after 18 years of marriage. Harris was quoted in an interview with US magazine, saying that the two still remained close friends. In addition to hosting The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, Harrison has also hosted Designers’ Challenge on HGTV, an American Music Awards pre-show on ABC and also covered the red carpet for the Primetime Emmy Awards. In April 2015, it was announced that Harrison would succeed Terry Crews, as host for the long standing game show, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? for the 2015-2016 season.
Regis Philbin on Who Wants To Be Millionaire - 1st Host   Meredith Vieira on Who Wants To Be Millionaire - 2nd Host   Cedric The Entertainer on Who Wants To Be Millionaire

Regis Philbin 1999-2002

Regis was picked as the host to bring the US version to network television back in 1999. The show used the same format used in the British version and their host Chris Tarrant. All the details of the US show were a direct copy of the British show, including art, music,bumpers, camera angles, show format and the prime time transmission slot. The only real difference between the shows was the type of questions used and an increase in commercial breaks. Philbin took the show to record viewing numbers and ultimately saved ABC from being relegated to number four network channel in the US. Regis' popularity grew and when ABC decided to cash-in the brand by syndicating the show and making the show a daily occurrence ion TV instead of keeping it the once-a-week format, Philbin saw the writing on the wall and quit.

Meredith Vieira 2002-2013

Meredith Vieira ushered in the show from a weekly network TV production into a daily syndicated TV show and public interest and viewership was maintained for a while, but execs at ABC ultimately damaged a successful brand by over-exposing the show to TV viewers, who eventually turned off in droves. The show made the questions harder and gave away less money to contestants. Meredith Vieira burned the candle at both ends by hosting this show at the same time she also co-hosted such NBC shows as Dateline NBC and Rock Center. An Emmy Award nominee, Vieira is best-known as a longtime co-host of the Barbara Walters TV show The View, and prior to that she worked on 60 Minutes.

After The View made her a TV star, Vieira became a co-host of the top-rated Today show on NBC.

Cedric "The Entertainer" 2013 - 2014

Millionaire changed things up a bit by bringing in popular Tv and touring comedian Cedric "The Entertainer" Cedric became the host of the hit series after his agent persuaded producers to put some humor back into the show, after all, Meredith Vieira was seen as being a little dry and lacked charm and witty dialog with show contestants.When the show announced that it was moving to Stamford, Connecticut to reduce production costs and gain valuable tax credits, CTE expressed his displeasure and indicated that he wasn't interested in the commute to the new studio location, especially given that he had roots in Los Angeles and New York City was already a stretch for him.

CTE's one season party at Who Wants To Be A Millionaire ended despite his daytime viewing numbers being reasonable and favorable reviews.
Fourth Host Terry Crews

Terry Crews 2014 - 2015

With a less-than-illustrious start in the TV industry, Terry Crews is an actor and TV personality who had a former career as a football player for the LA Rams and retired with the Philadelphia Eagles. He is best known for starring in TV shows like Everybody Hates Chris and Are We There Yet? and appearances in movies like White Chicks, Bridesmaids, Terminator Salvation and Malibu's Most Wanted. His very first TV show was a wrestling show named Battle Dome produced by the WCW in which he appeared as the wrestler/character named T-Money. His next big break was a character in the Training Day movie starring Denzel Washington and since he didn't look back as his career skyrocketed.

Mr. Crews joined the Who Wants To Be Millionaire franchise after Cedric The Entertainer quit in 2014. He recorded one hundred and fifty shows in the 2014 season. Building on the critical success of Cedric The Entertainer on the show, Mr. Crews drew in a new demographic that enjoyed his humor and celebrity on this long-running game show. Initial reports on viewership and critical review were positive and but TV execs did not bring him back for the 2015 season, in favor of Chris Harrison to change the dynamic.
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Millionaire TV Studio Address:

Caesars Entertainment Studios
4165 Koval Lane
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Previous TV Studio Taping Locations:

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire has previously been taped at two other Locations including the Metropolis Studios at 105 East 106th Street and The ABC Television Center - East Coast on West 67th Street, both in New York City. WWTBAM then moved from CT to Las Vegas at the Caesars Entertainment Studios.

Discounts to Hotels in Las Vegas:

By flying out to the TV show, you can get a 10% off discount to one of the hotels near the TV studio if you are going to be an audience member.

Hotels To Get a Discount At While Visiting WWTBAM:

  • Bally's Las Vegas
  • Harrah's Las Vegas Hotel & Casino
  • Caesars Palace Las Vegas Hotel & Casino
  • Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino

When Does This Show Tape:

The show tapes practically every day during their taping season. They tape five shows a day and have both morning and afternoon sessions that begin at 10AM and 2PM.

The taping can last up to eight hours with a 1 hour lunch break where lunch is provided by the production company.

Number of Performances: 5 shows are taped per taping day. This show tapes from June - October.
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Get Tickets For Free to WWTBAM:

You can get FREE tickets directly from Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. On the TV show's website, fill a short online form including a desired date, the quantity of tickets, name, address, email address and phone number.

Everyone attending a WWTBAM must be at least 18 years or older to attend this TV show and must have proper government-issued ID.

Audition - Be A Contestant On The Show

In the world of New York TV show tapings, Who Wants To Be a Millionaire is rare in that it allows potential viewers to also be potential contestants.

Offered at each taping or in advance of the show, auditions give members of the public the chance to prove that they should be part of the show. It's a great deal overall - get into a TV show taping for free, and maybe leave with a million dollars. Just don't forget to pay the taxes on your winnings.

Previous Million Dollar Winners:

John Carpenter: 11/19/99
Dan Blonsky: 01/18/00
Joe Trela: 03/23/00
Bob House: 06/13/00
Kim Hunt: 07/06/00
David Goodman: 07/11/00
Kevin Olmstead: 04/10/01
Bernie Cullen: 04/15/01
Ed Toutant: 09/07/01
Kevin Smith: 02/18/03
Nancy Christy: 03/09/03
Sam Murray: 11/20/09
Terry Crews - Host   Noteworthy Dates For The Show   Who wants to be a millionaire - previous hosts

Millionaire Cast Members:

Chris Harrison - Host

Transmission Time:
In the New York area Millionaire is transmitted at 2:00 PM and repeated at 1:00 AM on ABC channel 7. In other TV markets the channel and the transmission time may vary.

Noteworthy Dates for this TV Show

The network TV version ran from 8/16/99 to 6/27/02
The syndicated version ran from 9/16/02 to present.
Feb 2001 - Disney's Hollywood Studios introduces Who Wants To Be A Millionaire attraction.
June 2012 - GSN received rights to air reruns of the show from the first three seasons 1999 to 2002.
April 2006 - Million dollar prize, however quite remote, is converted to annuity payments over 25 years.

Millionaire Previous Hosts:

Regis Philbin: 1999-2002
Meredith Vieira: 2002-2013
Cedric "The Entertainer": 2013 - 2014
Terry Crews: 2014-2015

Current Host on the Show:
Chris Harrison - Current
Millionaire Director   TV Studio Stage   TV Show Genre
Rich DiPirro

Executive Producers:

James Rowley
Michael Burberry
Steven Knight

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Mark T. Williams
  Staff and Creative Team:

Original Creators:
Mike Whitehill
David Briggs
Steven Knight

Show Duration:
Each Millionaire show takes about ninety minutes hours to tape for the thirty minute show that is transmitted.
Daytime TV game show.

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire Syndication:

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TV show is syndicated to the domestic United States. The show is also broadcast in Puerto Rico and The Virgin Islands.

Foreign Markets:
The show is not sold to foreign markets as each country has their own version of the show.
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Parking For This TV Studio:
Due to the fact that the TV studio is near a variety of hotels, there is plenty of oppurtunity to valet park as well as self-park.
Bally's Las Vegas
3645 S Las Vegas Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) - 967-4111
Harrah's Las Vegas
3475 S Las Vegas Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(800) - 214-9110
The closest parking is not always the best as it often takes longer to park and retrieve your vehicle as fellow TV show patrons have the same idea. A better choice of parking may be the second choice or further away by a couple of Avenues.