Eddie locks in Millionaire

By David Knox on March 20, 2009 / Filed Under News 20

eddiemillAs first tipped by TV Tonight last month, Eddie McGuire is returning to front Who Wants to be a Millionaire?

The faster-version of the show is based on European variations of the format which drives through more contestants and requires them to lock in answers more quickly.

In its recent pilot it was dubbed Millionaire: Russian Roulette, but the final title is Millionaire Hot Seat.

“It’s the best game show in the history of television, and the hottest movie in the world,” McGuire told the Herald Sun. “Millionaire is back by popular demand, with a twist.

“Never has it been more appropriate to give people a chance to win great money. Millionaire Hot Seat has a quicker format, but the famous drama remains.”

The last time the show aired it was a live to air version, with a “multi-millionaire” prize on offer (Remember? That was the time he fobbed off Viva Laughlin just minutes before its doomed premiere.)

As in the US, the show is hoping to capitalise on the “flavour of the month” with Slumdog Millionaire‘s sweep at the Oscars.

No timeslot or airdate has yet been announced.

Next week Nine is also shooting a new version of Let’s Make a Deal.

Source:  Herald Sun


  1. Lewis March 24, 2009 at 12:37 pm -

    You can see the details of the new Millionaire show at Nine site under the Terms and Conditions link. Amongst other things, there are time limits for questions (early questions get 15 seconds, harder ones up to 45 seconds).

    The show revolves around 6 contestants answering questions in the ‘hot seat’, but the amount of money won varies.

  2. Leon March 21, 2009 at 7:13 pm -

    Need i remind Ch9 what happened last time they sexed up a game show.. they ruined Wheel of Fortune!

  3. Gerrard March 21, 2009 at 4:29 pm -

    I agree with basically everyone in saying that it would best work in the 8:30-9:30 timeslot. I would put it on Thursdays, so its Getaway, Millionaire Hot Seat and The Footy Show. I would like to see The Price Is Right at 5:30pm again. Maybe with Ed Phillips, but Channel Nine would probably put Bert into that show. I will be watching Millionaire anyway. I don’t get what is so wrong with Eddie, but I can see how some people may not like him. After all, he did screw up the Nine Network.

  4. David Knox March 21, 2009 at 10:57 am -

    Don’t tell Vince Sorrenti.

  5. Glenn Petrie March 21, 2009 at 10:44 am -

    “Let’s Make a Deal” That one rings a bell. Didn’t Channel 10 air this show years ago?

  6. Paul March 20, 2009 at 8:00 pm -

    I’m not sure, i still give the online flash game a run now and then, i also still play the WWTBAM pc game and Gameboy Advance version (essentially the pc version but more compact). Yet i don’t have the patience to watch it as a tv show these days, i tried to get into the version that they aired in late 2007, the format just bores me.

  7. Zambora March 20, 2009 at 3:23 pm -

    Quicker version !
    30 min show – I gather that means the contestant might answer 3 questions to allow for commercial breaks and Eddie to go into ‘war and peace’ on family,lifestyle,other shows,hardship,cross promotion , throw in chatting to audience and “we’ll be back after this break for the answer”

  8. Matt March 20, 2009 at 1:58 pm -

    Isn’t Let’s Make a Deal essentially The Price is Right? I don’t think having two shows called ‘Deal’ will win Nine viewers.

    Local version of Bargain Hunt for 5:30! You know it’d work.

  9. avoidz March 20, 2009 at 1:28 pm -

    Do people still watch this garbage?

  10. mac March 20, 2009 at 11:36 am -

    it will be hard to convince viewers millionaire will be worth watching when nine obviously have though it hasn’t even been worth producing for the last two years.

  11. Burt March 20, 2009 at 11:17 am -

    If a quicker version means they give someone the first 3 questions upfront and the contestant has the chance to punch in the answers without talking, that would help, but by and large, knowledge based quiz shows rate poorly with younger viewers, which is presumably why Nine ditched WWTBA and Temptation in the first place.

  12. Andrew B March 20, 2009 at 10:38 am -

    Millionaire will work if they truly stick to quicker format. Problem is, Eddie seems to talk too much and he can’t help himself. And lets not go to every ad break before finding out if the answer is right or wrong, please. Probably better as 1 hour, once a week. Not 5 times, and definitely not at 5.30.

  13. Dino March 20, 2009 at 10:07 am -

    lol, Eddie will finally be doing someting for his huge pay packet.

    But hasn’t Millionaire been revived before…I think the format is dead.

  14. Jed March 20, 2009 at 9:42 am -

    Let’s make a deal??? What are they gonna put that up against Deal or no deal??? Channel Nine really are hopeless. They can’t think of anything original. And Eddie certainly isn’t gonna make me want to watch Channel Nine.

  15. ducko March 20, 2009 at 9:12 am -

    Back by popular demand! lol

  16. Craig March 20, 2009 at 8:17 am -

    So was I the only one who liked Viva Laughlin LOL

  17. Lex March 20, 2009 at 8:13 am -

    Fantastic! Can’t wait.

    Will it be a daily half an hour show or back to its 1 hour weekly format?

  18. Jezza of the city March 20, 2009 at 7:52 am -

    I think Eddie ‘nowhere’ s tv career is still on a major downward curve and this will not rescue it.

  19. Mike Beckham March 20, 2009 at 6:17 am -

    Russian Roulette title was much better. Hot Seat = meh. I hope they are putting it 5.30 Weeknights so they can dump 60 minutes of elderly viewing.

  20. Wayne March 20, 2009 at 5:29 am -

    Quicker version? Thank God!!

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