Image Credit: Dario Cantatore/Getty ImagesThe ninth season of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire premiered Monday, and if you watched, you probably noticed some pretty drastic changes. Yesterday, the show went to some pretty giant lengths to promote the new season and game changes. And when I say giant, I’m referring to the giant piggy bank that served as a backdrop for the live Millionaire-style game that took place in Times Square. Four radio contest winners duked it out for $10,000 by answering a series of multiple choice questions. After the competition, all four participants got a fast track audition for the chance to appear as a contestant on the actual show.
Millionaire host Meredith Vieira was on hand to deliver the final questions of the challenge. After she awarded a $10,000 check to the winner, she talked with us about this season’s changes. “I wasn’t sold, to be honest with you, in the beginning,” she said. “I thought, why would you change something that seems to work?” But after the producers played the game for her, she came around to the new look of the game. “After nine years, games get predictable, so there’s always a risk when you change things, but I think it’s been worth it,” Vieira said. “The game is edgier now. It’s far less predictable, and there’s a lot more risk-taking.”
Here’s a breakdown of the new changes:
So what do you think about the new format of the show, PopWatchers? Will you still be watching? Or will you take your game show loyalty to something else now that they’ve implemented these new changes?