I haven't written about this before, but I've been religiously watching the return of Who Wants to Be A Millionaire for the last two weeks. I'm a game show (especially trivia show) junkie and I just couldn't resist, and since the moronic celebrities (Patricia Heaton being the most idiotic of them all) were limited to the one question during the last ten minutes of each episode instead of overpowering an entire hour, I was OK with this show's return. It's perfect mindless summer fare.
Last night was the final night, and it featured two really cool things. Someone went for a million bucks, and Regis got put in the hot seat. The contestant (who had apparently also been on College Jeopardy! at one point), tried and failed at the million bucks because he went with the audience on a pretty obscure question. Never a good plan. Even Regis tried, in vain, to talk him out of it. The kid went from $750,000 all the way down to $25,000, but you'll want to watch, because he actually handled it quite well and didn't have a weeping breakdown like I would have. Though I would have taken the larger sum and walked away if I was clueless.
Throughout the episode they hyped a mystery celebrity, who turned out to be syndicated Millionaire's host Meredith Viera, who wasn't there to be quizzed, but to turn the tables on Regis. He isn't a good actor, so the feigned surprise is pretty unbelievable, but it was still fun to see him having to talk out the answer to the question.
I cut right to the chase below, and just to the final question and Regis, but you can watch the full episode here.
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