Report: ABC considering 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire' revival
By John Bracchitta, 01/12/2009
ABC is reportedly considering a revival of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, the groundbreaking game show that premiered on the network ten years ago this year.
The network is currently discussing bringing Millionaire back as a multi-night event that would air over the course of one or two weeks in August, the same month that the show made its American premiere in back in 1999, TV Weekreported Sunday.
However, there are reportedly several obstacles that would still have to be overcome for a Millionaire revival to occur, the biggest of which would be the network's desire to get Regis Philbin -- the show's original American host -- to return as the host of the revival, according to TV Week. (Meredith Viera has continued to host the show's daily syndication version.)
Philbin is currently serving as the host CBS's Password revival, which could prevent him from being able to participate in a Millionaire revival on ABC.
ABC has had some previous success reviving Who Wants to Be A Millionaire.
In 2004, the network aired Super Millionaire, a week-long February event which was hosted by Philbin and offered a $10,000,000 grand prize. Although it aired against stiff competition, Super Millionaire's Monday night debut averaged 17.5 million overall viewers and ranked as ABC's most watched program of the entire week.