View Full Version : WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE? Tv show
08-17-1999, 09:05 PM
I don't like their choice of host.
Plus, the questions are extremely simplistic, that even a deaf person would know them without resorting to the three cheats.
Hope they do something about this...ack.
08-17-1999, 10:27 PM
Then watch Ben Stein.
08-17-1999, 10:30 PM
It will only last for a short while.
The questions appear to follow the rule of the old "$64,000 Question." They are progressive...the small money questions are simple.
08-17-1999, 10:38 PM
I wonder how many will give the wrong answer just to get away from Regis?
08-17-1999, 10:55 PM
The host is an pompous, insufferable windbag. There is a lot of hype with that background theme music and garish laser light show. The real lame part is that it's given in "multiple choice" format so familiar in driver's exams or high school quizzes. THEN, if you're too stupid to pick out the right answer from four choices, you get to ask the host to reduce it down to two options so you can use your lucky penny. OR you can (I don't believe this) call someone on the telephone and have them give you the answer. One lady called her brother in Dallas to ask what the capital of Iraq was. My god we have been bombing the shit out of that country for the last ten years on CNN!!! Then when her brother replies "Baghdad", she says "Hey, Bob this is really important, are you sure about this answer?" All this time Regis is hyping up the moment like he just asked her a three-part question on French existentialist philosophers. The moron finally says to Regis that she will have to trust her brother and go with Baghdad. Oh boy was I on the edge of my seat!
I just hope this show is short-lived and hopefully will not be shown in other countries for the sake of our national pride.
"...send lawyers, guns, and money..."
It may be our fault, because I think the show started here in Britain.
The sponsors were prepared to pay for the TV coverage, but they decide to have an expensive phone line for prospective contestants. By a combination of enthusiastic punters and the fact that nobody's won the big prize, the sponsors made a profit - and got their media exposure.
No wonder other countries took an interest...
08-18-1999, 06:13 AM
The show was first shown in England, and in contrary proved a massive success getting something like the 3rd best viewing figures for the week, I agree that it is a very basic format but simple is effective in this country, and I can only hope you have a better host in the U.S. than we have here, Mr Chris Tarrant, a right arse!
He winds everyone up through his flat sense of humour and the way in which he attempts to scare people into thinking they have guessed the wrong answer when they were only answering to their profession!
I'm not a great fan!
08-18-1999, 08:29 PM
Yeah, that was funny yesterday on the show [830pm PDT] when they couldnt answer what university the Unabomber taught at. So they used Two lifelines just to find out it was Berkeley. Lol. No, really?
Well, I'm going to watch again tonight to see how far the current guy gets and if the questions get any harder. I mean, he's won 64G on a series of questions that I knew the answers to -- every one -- and I'm no rocket scientist. I'm afraid it might be a bit of a set-up, though -- you know, one question is "which of these words doesn't begin with the letter 's'?" and the next one is "recite pi to the 22nd digit."
08-19-1999, 09:00 AM
This show blows. Enough said.
The power of accurate observation is frequently called cynicism by those who don't have it.
George Bernard Shaw
08-19-1999, 11:01 AM
Oh shoot, Imissed how far the puzzle guy went yesterday. anyone remember?
Say, anyone notice how plastic Regis's teeth look? They don't look natural at all, no one has teeth that white. If I didn't have to lipread to know whenhes talking i probably wouldnt notice.
Why don't these players have someone at home at a computer with an encyclopedia ready for a call in? When people call their friends everytime their friends just seem to be surprised they got a call.
08-19-1999, 11:07 AM
I find some of the questions difficult because:
1) they are based on pop culture of which I know little (for example, I had NO idea what Rodman's nickname was).
2) some of them are very US based. I am not originally from the US so those can be difficult.
Concerning having somebody sitting at home waiting, keep in mind that they don't know if they will be actually selected as a contestent. Although, I agree it seems to be me that IF I thought there was the remotest chance I would be on the show I would have somebody waiting.
Yeah, the show isn't the best, but my wife loves it and therefore so do I.
08-19-1999, 01:54 PM
Bernard, I believe the question was something like "which of these does the first amendmant NOT cover" which is which is the right to bear arms; the other three are all included in the first amendmant. The thing that bugs me about this show is it's so obviously rigged. I mean it's obvious that they're given the answers and told to hem and haw and take as much time as possible so they don't give out a million damn dollars every night. Seriously, do you really need 5 minutes to figure out Boo Radley is a character from "To Kill a Mockingbird?" You either know it or you don't. And the "Is that your final answer?" garbage was really driving me nuts too. How many times would they let you change it? All day I bet. Anything to kill time. Yet, I did want to see how the guy did the next day. Only because I was drunk while I was watching it and screaming "I'm a drunken college drop-out and even I know that!!!" :)
08-19-1999, 02:09 PM
Oh, not cover... that makes more sense now. Because I remember thinking that it could be C or D. Now that you tell me that the 1st covers B, C & D ... well, it all makes sense now. Thanks!
The thing that bugs the crap out of me (besides how annoying "Reeg" is) is the way he waits like five seconds, just staring at the guy, before he says whether the contestant is right or wrong. Just TELL him! I was disappointed in Puzzle Guy, but I'll be watching tonight to see how the young guy does. Since I continue to watch it, I guess I must like it.
08-20-1999, 12:31 AM
Feel free to flame me into the next millenium for being utterly stupid but wasn't one of the questions on Tuesday:
Which right does the First Amendment to the US Constitution protect?
A: Right to bear arms
B: Freedom to assemble
C: Right to free speech
D: Right to freedom of the press
And the women decided to not answer and take her money. Regis then said the answer was A the right to bear arms. Isn't that the second amendment? Isn't the first amendment C, right to free speech? What is she had of answered correctly? I wonder if they would have said she was wrong.
Keep in mind, I am a non-American I don't know what all the amendments are off the top of my head.
08-20-1999, 04:57 PM
Besides the host the main problem appears to be the wording of the questions and the choices offered ( the question about the Iron Horse for example ).
08-21-1999, 12:26 AM
They blew their own "Great Lakes" question.
Now that bothers me. It was a major mistake on a big money question who's source could be any mediocre encyclopedia.
I'm starting to feel like they jumped into this show with very little research (about how to put together the show).
08-21-1999, 07:32 AM
Okay, last night the guy whose annual income for the past 3 years has been $11,000 won....$250,000!!! Only in America! We watch the show just to laugh at it. And the question about Robert Frost - I thought the guy was going to recite the entire poem. I think that game show is set for a short run - can't believe it will last long.
I know this is off the subject...but Middsy or Glee...I take it you're from England. When we were there in 1994 for a holiday, we got hooked on a morning show, I think it was called "The Breakfast Show", or something. They had a game on there called "Get Your Knobbly Nuts Out." Do they still have that show? It was hilarious. We couldn't do any site seeing in the morning until we watched that crazy thing. We left the day they were giving away that house - if I'm correct, I remember it being painted hideous colors! We LOVED that show, and got hooked on others while we were there - British TV rocks!
08-21-1999, 11:49 AM
It is a short season. Final show is Aug 27th or 28 whichever is Sunday.
I didn't get to see the Friday show cause I got called to the police station. nuts.
I think you're referring to 'The Big Breakfast', which is on one of our 5 (yes, just 5 in England!) TV terrestrial channels.
This is a wacky, zany, lively wakeup show. I don't remember your particular 'Knobbly Nuts' item, but then I don't wake up that early. It sounds just right for the program, though.
There was a minor controversy recently when they sacked the female co-host. Allegedly she couldn't pronounce 3-syllable words...
08-21-1999, 10:43 PM
Glee - yes! The Big Breakfast! The Knobbly Nuts segment had the host telecasting from the back yard of someone's house, with this HUGE bowl of what looked like milk in it, and floating on top were these big corn flakes and these wrinkled, walnut-looking things. I mean, this bowl was big enough to float a small raft in, and that's just what they did. They took a contestant, put them blindfolded on the raft, gave him or her a giant spoon, and they had to paddle around the bowl, trying to find the "knobbly nuts" and thrown them out of the bowl. If I recall, the contestant could have a helper outside the bowl to kind of yell at them in what direction the knobbly nuts were located. My family and I still sing the Knobbly Nuts song from time to time, along with a little jig that we invented to go with. Sigh. I miss that ol' game show. I'd trade Knobbly Nuts for "Millionaire" any day.
I'm glad you enjoyed the Big Breakfast.
I think I should mention some of our more cultural TV achievements, largely in the fields of Natural History ('Life of Birds') and costume drama (Charles Dickens etc.).
The most riveting footage I saw was of a killer shark (I think) bursting out of the surf practically onto a beach to catch a seal...just glad I wasn't the cameraman!
08-22-1999, 01:41 PM
There was an article in the paper that said 8 million people were expected to call the 1-900 number. Instead 10 million have called . At $1.50 per call that's $15 million. So far they've only given away $250,000. Even if someone wins $1 million the most the show will give away is $2 million. With the money from the 1-900 number and the ratings they are making a fortune. Can you say Ponzotti?
08-23-1999, 12:39 AM
There was show before, The $64,000 Question and a film about it, Quiz Show. Where they fed answers to the people.
08-23-1999, 12:52 AM
A friend of mine made it to the "telephone playoff", where they'll choose the ten players for this week's show. If he makes it (we're not holding our breath), I'm going to set up the "Command Center" back here with every Ph.D student and pop culture buff I know and a connection to the Internet.
If it happens, I'll be sure to assemble the "Straight Dope SWAT Team" in a chat room somewhere.
08-24-1999, 05:50 PM
1)I should have put Ponzi not Ponzotti 2) Regis cost a contestant $64,000 by having the wrong answer. The question was "What is another name for Lucifer?". Regis insisted the correct answer was Kathie Lee Gifford.
08-24-1999, 07:14 PM
If you read the fine fine fine tiny print that zooms by during that 900 nbr thingy, you can see it says that of 5 million people, 11% are thought to be able to answer the three questions on the phone call.
So, 15M people x 11% = about 1.6M people who could play....ah, what odds.
08-24-1999, 07:54 PM
Nearly everyone on this board should be able to answer the lame questions on this show.
The most annoying part is the drawn-out phoney suspense, where Philben keeps dragging things out. The guy says the right answer immediately (not particularly hard, even at the top levels), and they pretend that he needs to think about it some more.
08-25-1999, 07:34 AM
I watched it for the first time last night.
Q> who kicked the winning whatever for the womens 99 soccer thingy..
abc(brandi Chastain)or d.
I HATE sports, and even I knew that.
gotta be rigged.Right?
Then she struck out on Juliets last name-montague or capulet?
She reasoned( as would I) that old willy wouldnt name her juliet capulet (say it out loud), and she picked montague-wrong.
regis is the biggest pain in the ass...does preperation H work on him ?
"Screw you guys...I'm goin' home!"
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