The game show will be back for a 22nd season.
May 23, 2020
ABC has announced that Who Wants to Be a Millionaire has been renewed for the 2020-2021 season. It will be the game show's second season in its current iteration, which sees celebrity contestants trying to win up to $1,000,000 for charity.
Based on a British format, the series started out back in 1999 on ABC and became an instant hit, airing in prime time to audiences that flocked to the program. It was a flagship on the network for multiple seasons until it eventually wore out its welcome. Its prime time format was cancelled and the show moved over to syndication, where it had a successful 17-year run until being cancelled in 2019.
But less than a year later, ABC decided it wanted back in the game, ordering a new prime time edition hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. It's not clear whether next season will retain the current format with celebrities or whether it will return to having regular contestants.
05/28/20 at 12:29pm
Jimmy Kimmel does a phenomenal job hosting the new version of the show, Philbin would never come back because of his age, he's 88 years old and I just don't see it happening. I truly hope that they bring back Whiz Kids Week from the Chris Harrison version, and bring back Sojas Wagle or Shiva Oswald.
05/27/20 at 08:58am
Celebrity is a hit and miss. Not a Jimmy Kimmel fan but as long as show is well put together with questions and guests I will watch. Won't be watching this week however, I will not support Anderson Cooper or anyone else on CNN. Their bias reporting costs lives and sent a lot of bad information to viewers during covid19. We need to know how to deal with virus not on them pissing off the president with stupid questions and than reporting that. If they were really out to help get the information out to the American people they would of asked relevant questions. Hope they get some good guests, really like see support for charities even if its their own. We need more shows right now to help charities raise money!!!
05/25/20 at 10:05pm
@ChrisW: If Regis were able to come back and host it, do you think the ratings would be higher?
YES, I think America misses Regis. Seriously. He was a great host and funny!! I mean, he is 90, though.
Craig Ferguson: Celebrity Name Game (NO idea why that wasn't renewed) was great! So Funny! Also enjoyed the Late Late show with the pantomime horse and Geoff the Skeleton!
Both hosts would be better than Kimmell, IMHO.
BTW, does anyone else wish for a Late Night show with Absolutely NO POLITICS, either way? I sure do. Just silly.
Off topic, but I would rather have early-on MADTv than today's SNL.
05/25/20 at 05:06am
The show is a fix to give right wingers with money more money
05/24/20 at 09:07pm
I daresay Kimmel the Kommie won't be able to keep politics out of it.
05/24/20 at 03:07pm
hosts are not irrelevant. But the shows premise is more important than the host. Regis was great. He would bring higher ratings maybe, remember this is 2020 and he has no morning show anymore. But if you enjoy this show you will watch it regardless of the host.
05/24/20 at 12:26pm
If you don't think the hosts matter, ask yourself this:
If Regis were able to come back and host it, do you think the ratings would be higher?
05/24/20 at 11:50am
Didn't they just cancel this show.
05/24/20 at 10:13am
If you like it it probably IS BECAUSE OF THE HOST. The host entirely matters seeing as how they are on every episode and about 75% of the show.
05/24/20 at 06:21am
Nice summertime replacement for scripted shows !! Jimmy Kimmel is great !!
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