Is this a case of lock it in, Eddie?
TV Tonight hears Who Wants to be a Millionaire could go back before the Channel Nine cameras.
There are whispers that Nine is considering an updated version of the quiz show, with Eddie McGuire to resume his hosting role.
Millionaire has enjoyed a “flavour of the month” resurgence thanks to its inclusion in the hit film Slumdog Millionaire, in which a kid from the streets enters the game show in India. Next week the film could take out the Best Film at the Oscars.
With no other quiz shows in production, Nine is believed to be preparing a pilot version of the updated format.
In the US there have been additional lifelines added to the original three, including “Switch the Question”, “Ask the Expert” and “Double Dip.”
If the show gets the greenlight, there are no guarantees where it would be slated. In addition to its primetime run, Nine has previously dabbled with a shorter, stripped version of the show too. It last aired in late 2007.
Last week McGuire hosted 4.5 hours of live television, generally to a favourable response. If Millionaire does resume he could be very busy this year. Nine’s Sydney version of its 5:30pm magazine show has been abandoned says the Daily Telegraph.
A Melbourne pilot with McGuire and Livina Nixon is reportedly still moving forward.