Who Wants To Be A Millionaire

Jeopardy to Fill Katie's Slot in Four Major Markets

The failure of Katie Couric's talk show is a win for a long-running game show. According to Broadcasting & Cable, Jeopardy will take Katie's time slot at WABC New York, KABC Los Angeles, WPVI Philadelphia and WTVD Raleigh-Durham. Reportedly, Jeopardy will be paired with another syndicated favorite, Who Wants to be a Millionaire.

While that new one-hour game block may not necessarily run at 3 p.m., where it would literally replace Katie, it will help ABC fill the daytime programming hole that Katie is leaving and at much less cost. ABC had no comment about the changes, other than to say that its stations’ fall schedules have not yet been finalized.

Would Regis Philbin Return to Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?

Could Regis Philbin return to Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? now that Meredith Vieira has decided to leave the long-running syndicated game show? According to The Huffington Post, when asked if he would entertain the possibility, Reege replied:

"I do feel that I’m not doing everything I should," he admitted. "I’m not accomplishing anything." READ MORE

Meredith Vieira to Exit 'Millionaire'

After 11 years of hosting Who Wants To Be a MillionaireMeredith Vieira will vacate her duties on the popular, syndicated game show. The View's former moderator and ex-Today show host will continue on with the show until the end of the season when a new host will take over.

In a released statement, a Disney/ABC spokeswoman said:

It's the final year of Meredith's contract. She has chosen to move on and pursue other opportunities. We are searching for a new host.

Regis Philbin is Exploring Return to Primetime

Regis Philbin may have hung up his hat at Live With Regis and Kelly, but don’t count him out just yet. According to the New York Post, Philbin is exploring a primetime talent show.

“We’re contemplating a show that is sort of a talent show, but it involves the whole family,” Philbin told Page Six, adding, “a family competition, which is something new in our business. It’s going to be on prime time when it happens.”

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Game On!

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Every once in a while a soap produces a story arc that renews one's faith in the genre.

One Life to Live's "Who Wants to Be Shane Morasco's Father?" may have been a stunt but they were also episodes that managed to do right just about everything the 40th anniversary episodes got wrong.

In the bargain, they did everything the anniversary episodes did right just a few notches better. I know this kind of thing is not everyone's cup of tea, but I'll take this little detour the way Star Trek's Captain Picard likes his Earl Grey: Hot!

Borrowing the Who Wants to be a Millionaire? set, OLTL took what was rapidly becoming a hoary cliche — the near death out of body experience — and instantly breathed new life into it. While Viki's latest visit to "heaven" here and the shared Chris/Allison/Aaron Fellini-esque versions on As the World Turns were done very well, the staging and production of Rex's game show experience lent the entire sequence an air of immediacy that a cheesy in-house set would have been unable to accomplish. READ MORE

Meredith Vieira's Husband Lands Radio Show

The Vieira/Cohen household is getting even busier. The New York Post is reporting that Robert Cohen, the husband of the Today Show anchor and Who Wants to Be A Millionaire host Meredith Vieira, is testing out a new radio show on WABC/770AM. Though the show is in the "experimental" stage it focuses on people who live with chronic illnesses and is named after his book "Strong at the Broken Places."

Which show do/did you enjoy Meredith Vieira on most?