New "Lifeline" and two new mini-games are incorporated into iconic game play
Actor, author, fitness enthusiast, Old Spice pitchman and former NFL player Terry Crews ("The Expendables 3") will make his debut as host of the nationally syndicated version of "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" when the iconic game show launches its 13th season Monday, Sept. 8. Producers said Crews will infuse his contagious enthusiasm, larger-than-life personality and boundless energy into the long-running franchise as each contestant sets out to win $1 million.
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As America's richest game show, "Millionaire" continues to be the only show to offer a $1 million prize to each and every contestant. Since "Millionaire" debuted in syndication in 2002, contestants have won nearly $90 million.
The show features contestants from all over the country and all walks of life, and remains a game in which anyone can win big. Featuring clever trivia questions that reveal fun and entertaining facts, the game offers a playful learning experience combined with dramatic suspense that keeps contestants and viewers alike on the edge of their seats.
This season will see the debut of a new "Lifeline" called "Plus One," in which the contestant's companion seated in the audience can be asked by the contestant to come down to the stage and help answer the question at hand. This "Lifeline" marks the first time companions have the opportunity to join in the game and help out a contestant by talking through and hopefully answering the answer correctly together.
The popular "Thousandaire" game, in which an audience member comes on stage to answer one question for $1,000, returns this season, and it's now joined by two new mini-games - "Fastest Feet" and "Team Millionaire" - giving the audience even more ways to win.
"Fastest Feet" harkens back to primetime "Millionaire's" "Fastest Finger" game. It's a challenge in which four audience members are given themed cards and are tasked with physically putting them into the right order to split a $1,000 prize. "Team Millionaire" partners two audience members with each other to win up to $1,000.