ABC is bringing back Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? and Supermarket Sweep

ABC has announced plans to revive two iconic TV game shows: Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? and Supermarket Sweep. Based off the British success, the original US version of Millionaire premiered in 1999. It stayed on the air a full 17 seasons and featured a variety of hosts, including Regis Philbin. Now, in celebration of the iconic game show’s 20th anniversary, ABC is bringing back the program for a limited eight-episode run, per The Hollywood Reporter. The network’s late-night star, Jimmy Kimmel, has been tapped to host. This 2020 Millionaire revival will look a little different compared to seasons past. Instead of random contestants, the new version will be celebrity-focused, with stars playing to raise money for charities. Other updates include an interactive app that’ll allow home viewers to play alongside celebrities, and the chance to compete for the same amount of money as the stars. (Read: The Top 25 TV Shows of 2019) In a press statement, Kimmel joked, “Regis came to me in a dream, asked me to do this and promised my own line of neckties if I did. I had little choice but to say yes.” It won’t be Kimmel’s first time on the show though, as […]

Contestants are forbidden from betting $69 or $666 on Jeopardy

Nerds are currently in a tizzy about Jeopardy! ’s reigning champion James Holzhauer. Using hyper-aggressive betting tactics backed with quick reflexes and a massive knowledge base, the pro sports bettor has been breaking records on a near nightly basis and is close to surpassing Ken Jennings’ $2.5 million in total winnings. During a discussion about Holzhauer’s unique gaming style, Jennings divulged details of a rule that prevents contestants from wagering certain amounts during Final Jeopardy. The conversation started after Jennings quipped that “I don’t feel I get enough credit for making small, sensible Jeopardy wagers, which helped the show with its prize budget.” After a fan joked about him consistently betting $69 each night, Jennings confirmed that the amount was now “officially forbidden on Jeopardy now, as of last year.” Turns out $69 is one of five banned wager amounts, though the other four are drastically less sexy. The devil’s number, $666, is similarly banned, as are three numbers associated with neo-Nazi propaganda ($14, $88, and $1488). this is officially forbidden on Jeopardy now, as of last year.not even joking. — Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) April 23, 2019 In other Jeopardy! related news, in March, Alex Trebek revealed that he was diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic […]