Archive for Wednesday, August 16, 2000

Who wants to take a ‘Millionaire’ quiz?

Quiz show quickly changed the face of network TV and made Regis Philbin a star

August 16, 2000


A year ago, "Is that your final answer?" was not part of the lexicon.

Then on Aug. 16, 1999, Regis Philbin hopped up to that awkwardly high chair and welcomed the nation to ABC's "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire."

In less time than it takes to go through three lifelines, it was changing the face of network TV.

It spawned a slew of less successful prime-time game shows -- "Greed," "Twenty One," and "Winning Lines" -- and paved the way for the reality craze that's produced "Survivor" and "Big Brother."

For those faithful watchers, we offer this "Millionaire" birthday quiz. If you run into trouble, you can phone a friend or ask the audience (poll the members of your family or office). Sorry, there's no 50-50.

So, if you're ready: "Who wants to be a millionaire?"

For $100: Who was Jerry Halpin's phone-a-friend?

A. Kathie Lee Gifford

B. Rosie O'Donnell

C. Whoopi Goldberg

D. David Letterman

For $200: How many nights a week will "Millionaire" be on this upcoming season?

A. 2

B. 3

C. 4

D. 5

For $300: Which contestant called his father to tell him he was going to win $1 million?

A. Don Blonsky

B. Bob House

C. David Goodman

D. John Carpenter

For $500: What is not available to buy at the official "Millionaire" Web site?

A. Mouse pad

B. Coffee mug

C. T-shirt

D. Board game

For $1,000: How many contestants have won $1 million?

A. 4

B. 5

C. 6

D. 7

For $2,000: Who was the youngest winner?

A. John Carpenter

B. Joe Trela

C. Kim Hunt

D. Bob House

For $4,000: Which comedian, as a phone-a-friend lifeline, gave his friend the wrong answer to the $500,000 question?

A. Dana Carvey

B. Howie Mandel

C. Jeff Foxworthy

D. Will Durst

For $8,000: According to ABC research, how many people watch "Millionaire" during the course of a week?

A. 38 million

B. 83 million

C. 138 million

D. 183 million

For $16,000: Which of these celebrities won the most money during celebrity week?

A. Drew Carey

B. Queen Latifah

C. David Duchovny

D. Lance Bass

For $32,000: How many contestants have missed the $100 question?

A. 1

B. 2

C. 3

D. 4

For $64,000: Which game show did Regis Philbin host?

A. "Treasure Hunt"

B. "Anything for Money"

C. "Press Your Luck"

D. "Almost Anything Goes"

For $125,000: How much money has been given away?

A. $18 million

B. $28 million

C. $38 million

D. $48 million

For $250,000: How many versions of "Millionaire" air around the world?

A. 18

B. 28

C. 38

D. 48

For $500,000: Which song is not on the "Millionaire" soundtrack?

A. "For the Love of Money"

B. "You Got It"

C. "Goldfinger"

D. "Rich Girl"

For $1,000,000: Which actress tackled Regis on the debut of "The Joey Bishop Show"?

A. Shelley Winters

B. Doris Day

C. Debbie Reynolds

D. Joan Crawford


$100 B

$200 C

$300 D

$500 A

$1,000 C

$2,000 B

$4,000 D

$8,000 B

$16,000 A

$32,000 B

$64,000 D

$125,000 B

$250,000 B

$500,000 D

$1 million C

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