|Chris Harrison is the new host of Who Wants|
to be a Millionaire?, which debuts its
fourteenth syndicated season today
The big four of the syndies premiere today! Family Feud launches its seventeenth season in syndication, its sixth with host Steve Harvey. Jeopardy! with Alex Trebek debuts its 32nd season in syndication. Wheel of Fortune, with (as always again) Pat Sajak and Vanna White debuts its 33rd season in syndication.
Who Wants to be a Millionaire? gets the biggest changes, debuting its fourteenth season in syndication later today. First, there is a new host for the third straight year. Chris Harrison replaces Terry Crews as Millionaire host this year. Millionaire is also going back to its classic format with the money ladder, ranging from $500 to $1,000,000. Unlike the original Millionaire, the 14th question will be the $1 million dollar question. Lifelines this season include the return of 50-50 joining Ask the Audience and Plus One.
Since all these shows are in syndication, they all air at various times in different markets. It is very likely in your market that Jeopardy!, Family Feud and Wheel of Fortune will all air in the late afternoons and early evenings, just prior to primetime. Millionaire has been adjusted here and there, remaining in some daytime slots in some markets while reduced to mornings and post-primetime in many areas. Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune are already renewed through 2018 while Family Feud is locked through 2020, all those shows with their respective hosts in contract through those years. Meanwhile, Millionaire has been on a season-to-season renewal lately. This is very likely the last season of Millionaire as we know it, so make sure to watch if you want future seasons. Personally, I think they should have replaced Meredith with Chris Harrison two years ago. He is a definite improvement over Cedric and Terry.
The second season of Craig Ferguson's Celebrity Name Game will premiere next Monday.