‘MILLIONAIRE’ KICKS OFF THE FIRST SPECIALTY WEEK OF THE SEASON WITH
FAN FAVORITE WHIZ KIDS, AIRING OCTOBER 2-6, 2017
L-R, Katelyn Murphy and Chris Harrison
Photo credit: Ronda Churchill, Disney/ABC Home Entertainment and TV Distribution
Five talented youngsters from across the country will play “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” opposite host Chris Harrison during “Whiz Kids” week, airing MONDAY, OCTOBER 2 – FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2017.
“Whiz Kids” is one of “Millionaire’s” most popular specialty weeks and last year the bright, young contestants collectively took home a whopping half a million dollars in winnings! During the week of October 2-6, these 10 to 15-year-olds will take on the classic 14-question game for the chance to win $1 million: Kenneth Treece of Pineville, Kentucky; Chase Magnano of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida; Abhinav Karthikeyan of Clarksburg, Maryland; Kaden Oqueli-White, of New Orleans, Louisiana; and Katelyn Murphy, of Las Vegas, Nevada.
ALL-NEW SEASON OF ‘WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE’ PREMIERES
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2017
Iconic Game Show, Hosted by Chris Harrison, Originates from
Caesars Entertainment Studios in Las Vegas
L-R Contestant Ranjani Brow, her plus one Jill Smith and Host Chris Harrison
Photo credit: Ronda Churchill, Disney/ABC Home Entertainment and TV Distribution
“Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” returns with all-new shows with the premiere of its 16th season in national syndication on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 11. Originating from Caesars Entertainment Studios in Las Vegas, “Millionaire” continues to be the only program to offer a $1 million prize to each and every contestant as America’s richest game show.
Hosted by Chris Harrison, “Millionaire” features contestants from all over the country and from all walks of life. In the show’s classic format, contestants must answer 14 trivia questions correctly with the aid of three lifelines – Ask the Audience, Plus One and 50/50 – to win $1 million. Contestants also can win big as they navigate their way up the ladder, as the tension and difficulty build with each question, along with the prize money. Since the show debuted in syndication in 2002, contestants have won more than $95 million.
Throughout the 2017-2018 season, “Millionaire” will bring back some of its most popular specialty weeks, such as “Whiz Kids” (featuring some of the smartest 10 to 15-year-old kids in the country) and “Victories for Veterans” (in appreciation of the incredible service members from our armed forces). In addition, several celebrities will appear as contestants on “Millionaire” during the season, playing for their favorite charitable organizations. Among those confirmed are actress Sherri Shepherd, actor/comedian Rob Riggle, chef Curtis Stone, “The Bachelor” Ben Higgins, “General Hospital” stars Laura Wright and Donnell Turner, and actor/“Entertainment Tonight” correspondent Cameron Mathison, as well as Las Vegas staples Wayne Newton, Penn & Teller and Piff the Magic Dragon. Also joining the line-up this season are fun and exciting new specialty weeks including “Beginner’s Luck” (featuring contestants that are experiencing Las Vegas for the first time) and “Happy Couples” (in which engaged duos team up to win money for their impending nuptials).
“Millionaire” continues to entertain millions of viewers across the country and has grown its audience substantially over the past season. On average during the 2016-17 season, “Millionaire” delivered the biggest growth among all first-run syndicated game shows, with double-digit increases in Homes, Total Viewers and Women 25-54.
About “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire”
The Emmy-nominated “Millionaire” airs across the country weekdays in national syndication. It is taped in front of a live studio audience at Caesars Entertainment Studios in Las Vegas. Go to MillionaireTV.com for time and channel. “Millionaire” is produced by Valleycrest Productions Ltd. and is distributed by Disney/ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution. James Rowley serves as executive producer.
We’re searching for outstanding contestants and enthusiastic audience members in Las Vegas for the 2017-2018 season premiering on Monday, September 11, 2017! Open auditions will be held inside Bally’s Las Vegas at the Jubilee Theater from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on the following days:
July 5 – 8
July 12 – 15
Since our syndicated show debuted in 2002, contestants have won more than $95 million and with the upcoming auditions, Las Vegas-area residents and summertime visitors to the city can audition for a shot at playing for the $1 million prize. Please note that audition space is limited. Admission to the audition session(s) is not guaranteed to everyone who arrives at our audition site. You must be 18 years of age or older. For further information and complete eligibility requirements please check out our Las Vegas Auditions page.
In addition, we’re looking for energetic audience members for our live studio tapings between July 5 – August 22. Since making the move to Las Vegas last season, we have found a new production home at Caesars Entertainment Studios this year. The new, 48,000-square-foot production facility is located at 4165 Koval Lane, directly behind Bally’s Las Vegas. Members of our studio audience must be at least 18 years old and proof of age is required. Tickets are free and can be requested from our Tickets page. Audience members also can throw their hats in the ring to appear as contestants at a future taping of the game show, with the opportunity to audition while they’re at our studio. And they are eligible for a 10% discount on hotel room rates at Bally’s Las Vegas, Caesars Palace, Harrah’s Las Vegas and Paris Las Vegas.
Well-known contestants from the hit ABC franchises “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” will play “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” during the return of Bachelor Fan Favorites Week, airing MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6 – FRIDAY, FEBRUARY. Bachelor Fan Favorites is one of the iconic game show’s most exciting theme weeks, and host Chris Harrison will reunite with memorable contestants from the romance reality series, all playing to benefit their favorite charities.
Tuesday, February 7: Kaitlyn Bristowe & Shawn Booth wrap up their game play and are followed by Ashley and J. P. Rosenbaum (“The Bachelorette”), playing for No Kid Hungry.
Wednesday, February 8: Ashley and J. P. Rosenbaum commence their second day of game play and are followed by DeAnna (“The Bachelorette”) & Stephen Stagliano, who will play for Saving Innocence.
Thursday, February 9: DeAnna & Stephen Stagliano continue their game play.
Friday, February 10: Tenley Molzahn (“The Bachelor”) plays to benefit Kusewera.
Go the the Station Finder at the top of the page to find your time and channel.
Some of Las Vegas’ biggest personalities will play “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” opposite host Chris Harrison and will donate their winnings to their favorite charities on Celebrity Week: Las Vegas, airing MONDAY, OCTOBER 17 – FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2016. This season “Millionaire” has made its new production home at Bally’s Las Vegas, and this special week showcases some of the city’s best and brightest stars.
Monday, October 17: Chef GIADA DE LAURENTIIS plays for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. She recently opened up her first restaurant in Las Vegas, Giada, at The Cromwell.
Tuesday, October 18: Giada De Laurentiis wraps up her game play and is followed by famed magicians PENN & TELLER, playing for Las Vegas-based charity Opportunity Village. Penn & Teller currently are performing at the Rio Las Vegas.
Wednesday, October 19: Comedian, ventriloquist and “America’s Got Talent” season 10 winner PAUL ZERDIN plays for Make-A-Wish of Southern Nevada. Zerdin recently wrapped up a stint at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.
Thursday, October 20: Paul Zerdin finishes his game play and is followed by magician and “America’s Got Talent” season nine winner MAT FRANCO, whose winnings will go to the Nevada SPCA. Franco currently is performing at The LINQ Hotel & Casino.
Friday, October 21: Mat Franco completes his game play and is followed by legendary entertainer WAYNE NEWTON, who has pledged his winnings to the USO. A staple in Las Vegas for nearly 60 years, Newton is currently performing at Windows at Bally’s Las Vegas.
The Emmy-nominated “Millionaire” airs across the country weekdays in national syndication. Use the Station Finder above to find your time and channel.
Grab your tissues for two heartwarming episodes of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire,” this Wednesday and Thursday, when a man on a mission tries to get to a million!
Contestant Bill Matheny surprises host Chris Harrison and the “Millionaire” audience with the announcement that he will donate all of his winnings to the elementary school he attended as a child.
Matheny, a Catholic priest at All Saints Church in Bridgeport, West Virginia, pledges his prize money to alma mater St. Francis of Assisi in Saint Albans as a gesture of gratitude for his start in life. Father Maheny hopes to help the school grow their scholarship fund, increase teacher salaries, and enhance the infrastructure.
Father Matheny has auditioned to be a contestant on “Millionaire” at least once a year over the past 17 years. He almost didn’t audition this season, but luckily a good friend convinced him to try out once again.
How far will Father Matheny’s mission take him? Find your time and channel in the station finder above and tune in Tuesday and Wednesday to find out.
Millionaire host Chris Harrison stops by ABC’s The Chew on Tuesday to talk about the exciting new season of Millionaire and cook up some fun with hosts Mario Batali, Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly, Daphne Oz and Michael Symon.
On his last visit to The Chew, Chris made some delicious cinnamon chocolate chip pancakes. This time around, he’ll be sharing how to prepare quick and easy dinner recipes. Tune in to see Chris on The Chew TUES SEPT 13 1e|12c|p on ABC.
Join Chris weekdays for an all-new season of Millionaire. Check local listings or use the Station Finder above to find your time and channel.
Host Chris Harrison talks about the excitement of filming the new season of Millionaire at Bally’s Las Vegas. Check out the video above and tune in Monday, Sept 12 for season premiere week!
“Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” returns for an all-new season with host Chris Harrison from the bright lights of Las Vegas, Nevada, when it premieres its 15th season in national syndication on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2016. Las Vegas has become one of the premier entertainment capitals of the world, and beginning this fall, “Millionaire” will originate from its new production home at Bally’s Las Vegas. “Millionaire” continues to be the only program to offer a $1 million prize to each and every contestant as America’s richest game show.
“Millionaire” features contestants from all over the country and from all walks of life, and remains a game in which anyone can walk in and win big. In the show’s classic format, contestants must answer 14 trivia questions correctly with the aid of three lifelines – Ask the Audience, Plus One and 50/50 – in order to win $1 million. Contestants also can win big as they navigate their way up the ladder, as the tension and difficulty build with each question, along with the prize money. Since the show debuted in syndication in 2002, contestants have won nearly $95 million.
Throughout the 2016-2017 season, “Millionaire” will be bringing back some of its most popular specialty weeks, such as “Bachelor Fan Favorites” (including “Bachelorette” Kaitlyn Bristowe and Shawn Booth, “Bachelors” Chris Soules and Ben Flajnik, “Bachelor in Paradise” couple Jade Roper and Tanner Tolbert) and “Whiz Kids” (some of the smartest eight to 15-year-old kids in the country). Also joining the line-up are exciting new specialty weeks such as “Celebrity Week: Las Vegas” (including Wayne Newton, Penn & Teller and Giada De Laurentiis), “Victory for Veterans” (in appreciation of the incredible service members from our armed forces) and “Hometown Heroes” (honoring men and women known in their communities for devoting their time to the greater good).
Everyone’s favorite trivia game show, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, is now taping at Bally’s Las Vegas in front of a live studio audience!
Tune in all summer long and watch the new season premiere Monday, September 12, 2016. Check the station finder above or your local listings for time and channel.
Visit our ticket request page today to get tickets and access discount hotel room rates.
Auditions are available at every show taping. Just sign up to be in the live studio audience by requesting tickets here and you can also audition to be a contestant!