Who Wants to be a Millionaire is shaking up the format for the 2010 season. The 2010 Who Wants to be a Millionaire season will have several changes, including changes to the first round of easy questions that could make it much more interesting. Who Wants to be a Millionaire is back for its ninth season this week, and the show still appears at 6:30 p.m. on NBC. This isn’t the same version as when Regis Philbin was hosting it, but new host Meredith Vieira has done great things with the show. Even the move to 30-minute episodes hasn’t slowed down this game show.
For those who haven’t been watching Who Wants to be a Millionaire over the years, it is basically a game show where people answer trivia questions to win money. The first question is worth $100, and each time a correct answer is given, the dollar values go up. Answering all 15 questions correctly makes the contestant very rich, but producers thought that the show was a tad stagnant, and decided to make some changes to the show. It’s always risky to make changes to a show that has been around for so long, but it’s also possible that these changes will make things more exciting.
The first major change will be in the first round of questions, where everything will be randomized. No longer will the easiest question come first, and no longer will it be worth the least amount of money. By randomizing both the questions and the dollar values, it shakes up the format to the point where unexpected results and consequences can come to the contestants. After that it goes back to the classic format, where they work their way up to the $1 million prize. Then there is also a new lifeline called “Jump the Question” where a contestant can pass on a question, but with the punishment that they forfeit the chance at that specific dollar amount.
It will be interesting to see if viewers are accepting of the new format to Who Wants to be a Millionaire, and if they can even draw in more viewers by shaking things up. Things could get much more intense during the show as well, and that should only lead to the enjoyment level of the show for daily viewers. The one final change is that the “hot seat” is gone, with the contestant and host standing now, which should bring them even closer to the audiences at home. It seems like these are great changes to the format, but in the end it will be the ratings numbers that dictate whether this was a good or bad decision.