Expect Who Wants to be a Millionaire to be “more energetic, a lot more fun” and have “a lot more excitement – that’s what I plan on bringing to it,” Cedric the Entertainer told TV critics this morning. Cedric’s replacing Meredith Vieira who, in turn replaced Regis Philbin on the ABC-hit-turned-syndicated-daytime-game-show. Vieira announced in January she was leaving Disney’s syndicated game show after 11 years (she’s hosting a syndicated daytime talk show for NBCU that debuts in fall of ’14). Cedric joins a long line of comics hosting game shows, including Steve Harvey, Jeff Foxworthy, Wayne Brady, and Drew Carey. “Those guys motivated me to look at this as a great opportunity…to be a standup, to be engaged with the contestant — to keep the show energetic. That’s what most comedians find attractive about this form of entertainment,” he explained.
Tweaks in the format over the years are responses to contestant patterns, show exec producer Rich Strop explained. After the first five questions, he explained, contestants tend to immediately plow through all their lifelines and then stop playing, because “people are very risk averse.”
Following some chatter during NATPE last week, I have learned that Cedric The Entertainer has closed a three-year deal to replace Meredith Vieira as host the syndicated version of quiz show Who Wants To … Read More »
Meredith Vieira recently opted not to renew her contract for syndicated quiz show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire so she could “move on and do other things.” Those other things may be a new daytime talk … Read More »
Looks like Disney has hit a legal brick wall in the $319 million Who Wants To Be A Millionaire case. The company today was denied a new trial in the matter by the three-judge 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. In their order Monday, the trio rejected efforts of “the Disney affiliates” — ABC, Buena Vista TV and Valleycrest Productions — to appeal U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips’ initial December 2010 denial of an appeal in the case. “We are extremely disappointed with the decision, as ABC and Buena Vista Television continue to believe that they fully adhered to the Millionaire agreement,” a Disney spokesman told Deadline. ”I’m extremely pleased for the client Celador, my team of lawyers and I’m gratified that the Court of Appeal saw fit today to affirm a carefully crafted trial,” attorney Roman Silberfeld said today.
Citing “a cascading series of errors” in the original 2010 case, Disney was seeking a new trial in hopes of overturning the $319 million Millionaire creators Celador was awarded. In 2010, a jury agreed with Celador that Disney breached the contract between the company and the company’s TV divisions. Despite the likes of Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger taking the stand, the Riverside, CA jury awarded Celador $269 million in damages; Phillips added $50 million in pre-judgment interest. Disney lawyers said from the very beginning they would appeal. Read More »
Disney is asking a federal appeals court to overturn a $319 million judgment awarded two years ago to the British production company behind Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. Lawyers for Disney’s ABC Network and Buena Vista Television are … Read More »
Disney’s bid to overturn the $319 million verdict to Celador, the company behind the Who Wants To Be a Millionaire format, was denied today by Judge Virginia Phillips. Phillips, who oversaw the trial that resulted in the massive award for the … Read More »
Every Hollywood screenwriter knows that the way to ratchet up tension is to introduce a ticking clock. And that’s just what ITV is doing with the next series of Who Wants To Be a Millionaire over here. Contestants will have … Read More »
The London-based production company Celador that created Who Wants To Be a Millionaire? tells me it may go after the Hollywood talent agency with a lawsuit. Celador has just won a $269 million court case against Disney/ABC, which aired the U.S. version … Read More »
The jury in the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? lawsuit returned a verdict for UK-based Celador today finding that the show’s producer was harmed by Disney’s self-dealing actions. The panel awarded damages totalling $269.2 million for the fair market value of broadcast … Read More »
After a 6 year legal maneuvering and a month-long trial, the $250 million case of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? producer Celador v. Disney over profits from the hit game show is now in the hands of the jury. Throughout the parade of witnesses, Celador seemed to prove that it earned less than it could have from the success of the show on ABC. The question is whether it was able to convince the jurors that it was the result of Disney-owned ABC and co-producer Buena Vista TV brokering sweetheart deals among themselves, thus allegedly cheating Celador out of millions — and not because it just made a bad deal. Read More »