James Rowley joins franchise as executive producer
Actor, author, fitness enthusiast, Old Spice pitchman and former NFL player Terry Crews will soon be adding "game show host" to his resume as he has been named the new host of "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire." The multi-talented Crews will join the show beginning with its 13th season in national syndication in fall of 2014.
In addition, seasoned game show and television producer James Rowley has joined the show as executive producer.
Crews will host the long-running franchise from Stamford, Connecticut, as production is moving to a new studio prior to the start of the 2014-15 season.
"We are excited to announce that Terry Crews will be taking the reigns as our new host of 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire' next season," said Janice Marinelli, president, Disney-ABC Domestic Television. "Terry is engaging, endearing, smart and quick on his feet - the perfect combination to lead one of the longest-running franchises in game show history."
"I'm beyond thrilled to be joining 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire' and the Disney-ABC family," Crews said. " 'Millionaire' is such a beloved franchise and I can't wait to get started as the new host. In addition to my film projects, including 'Blended,' 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine,' and now being a first-time author, hosting has always been a dream of mine, and I couldn't have asked for a greater opportunity."
Crews will take over for Cedric "The Entertainer," who presently hosts the 2013-14 season. Meredith Vieira launched the weekday version of the game show in 2002 and remained host for 11 seasons, through 2013.
Crews lives in Los Angeles with his wife of nearly 25 years, Rebecca Crews. They have five children.
Executive Producer James Rowley has an extensive background in game show and television production. Most recently, he served as executive producer on the hit truTV series "Killer Karaoke" and "Seriously Funny Kids" for Lifetime. He executive-produced and co-created "Ultimate Film Fanatic" for IFC and executive-produced "Extreme Dodgeball" for the Game Show Network. Rowley co-created "Beat the Geeks" for Comedy Central and "Cram" for the Game Show Network. His other credits in various producer and writing roles include VH-1's "The Surreal Life," FX's "The X Show," VH-1's "Strange Love" and FOX Sports' "Ultimate Fan League." In addition, Rowley co-founded production company Knucklehead Television, which produces the hit reality show "Legends' House" for WWE.