21Sep2013
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Video: You May Really Want to Watch “Millionaire” Next Week

The new season of Who Wants to be a Millionaire has been going on for a bit and it’s been a pretty smooth transition over to Cedric the Entertainer as host.  He’s got the first-week jitters as anyone does, but let’s wait to see how the episodes he tapes a few weeks down the line go.  The reception has been positive, though, so that’s encouraging.  However, people don’t watch for a host.  They watch for big money moments.  They watch so people can get to Round 2 and play for $100,000; $250,000; $500,000; or maybe see the infamous $1,000,000 question.  Millionaire is teasing a moment that will be going on this week.  You may really want to watch.  No spoilers until inside the story, so watch at your own risk.

The video doesn’t give away the question, the results, what the contestant gives as her Final Answer, or any hint of right or wrong.  But it’ll tell you what’s going on.  It’s been over five years since the last million dollar question on the daytime version.  It’s been over ten years since someone has beat the game. Are we, finally, going to have the first million dollar winner since 2003?  I hope you watch.  As a big Millionaire fan I can’t wait.

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26 responses to "Video: You May Really Want to Watch “Millionaire” Next Week"

  • B. says:

    A quick pause at the right moment shows she was in a sort of “dream position”: She obtained a perfect round 1 (got all round 1 questions correct), keeping all of her jumps, getting at least one round 2 question correctly, and jumping the rest she didn’t know to get an ‘easy’ path to the million dollar question (in this case, getting the 100K right and jumping the 250K and 500K). I’m going to assume her “final answer” clip was from earlier in the game. Maybe she goes for it. I know I’ll be watching all week just like when Autumn won the Million on Wheel.

    • B. says:

      Cont: Truthfully, I hope she goes for it. She loses what, just $75,000 (compared to $475K)? Yeah, if she gets it wrong, she’ll be joining Ken in the club, and 100K is nothing to scoff at, especially when some 100K questions are a hassle in recent years. All the fingers crossed. How many episodes were taped, because three weeks in Cedric’s run and we already get someone lucky enough to see the MDQ after all this time?

      Last bit of over-analyzing, I said I hope she goes for it, but from the looks of another screen pause, you can notice the “____ bank: $XXXXXX” graphic, so unless they don’t have the money for confetti anymore (assuming it’s not the “MILLIONAIRE” graphic), she either walks or gets it wrong. Guess I should just calm down until we actually see it.

      • Poochy.EXE says:

        I suspect that clip was actually taken from immediately after she got the $100K question right.

        Personally I think the only reason anyone in their right mind would ever walk away in such a position is if they happened to have outstanding debts/loans totaling significantly more than $25K but no more than $100K minus taxes. Even with a completely blind guess (which it probably will be, given the writers’ fondness for asking about some ridiculously obscure thing some celebrity did years before they were famous, which nobody in their right mind would ever care about), you’d be getting 12:1 pay on a 3:1 gamble.

  • Brian "Sonic Whammy" Sapinski says:

    The episode in question was taped on August 28. I know because I was there the next day and Cedric himself gave us the same tease, but that it did happen that someone played the question. I’m very intrigued for it.

    And OK, since some of you have already brought up pot odds, I will do the same. I agree with the game mission of answering the first 11 without skipping, then skipping the 250 and 500 to go right for the million, getting a 12:1 return on a 1-in-4 answer/guess. However, earlier tonight, by mom & sister didn’t agree with this strategy, feeling that if you pull that off, and you actually know the 250 or 500K questions, you shouldn’t skip them, and instead answer for the guaranteed payout in case you don’t know the million question. The fact that you waste jumps & answer more questions than you have to is insignificant, they say.

    What say you guys? If YOU played the perfect game through the first 11, how would you handle the 250 & 500K’s if you knew the answers to them?

    • B. says:

      If I played a perfect game through 11, and had both my jumps, I would only use them if I was completely clueless. If I knew the answer, or had a really strong hunch, I’d go for it.

  • Chris Parsley says:

    If the perfect game had been played up to that point (11 for 11), the $250/$500k Qs would only get an answer if and ONLY if I absolutely positively KNEW it for Absolute certain.

  • Rodney Jenkins says:

    I’m just gonna bet it’s gonna be an epic fail. Trust me, they won’t get another million dollar winner.

    • Alan says:

      Would it really count as an ‘epic’ fail if she only risks (according to rumor) $75K? The Randomizer/Jump format has changed the whole game since that Fresca question four years ago.

  • CouponBoy says:

    FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’ve been waiting over 5 years for someone to make it to the million dollar question, and I knew with the difficulty of Round 2 questions it would have to be a situation like the one shown on the video. I really hope she goes for it and wins the million. If she does, I’ll be hooked on the show again.

  • Andrew says:

    Damn, I’m going to be in school during that. Airs at 9:30 am on WVUE over here

  • David says:

    Hopefully someone will upload this to YouTube because I know I probably won’t be able to see it because I’ll be working when it airs. It airs at 12:30 pm Mon-Fri on both of my local ABC channels.

  • Steve says:

    Just a heads up, I tried out for BAM last week, and they told us that somebody had gone for the million, but of course they didn’t reveal the outcome. So, whether the teaser is from earlier in the game or not, she takes a shot at the last question, if the casting folks are to be believed.

  • What says:

    Deleted my comment because???

  • Travis says:

    It should air on Wednesday.

  • Spoiler Alert says:

    She missed the question (guessed C, it was D); she left with only $25,000.

    Did you guys really expect an actual $1,000,000 winner?

    • Mark in Toronto says:

      Nope. I had a feeling this would happen.

      Good for her for having the guts to go for it, but it was a risky gamble. I don’t think we’ll see a millionaire, let alone a million-dollar question again for quite some time.

      These days, most contestants struggle to make it out of Round 1, with some bombing out and taking home the $1,000 guaranteed prize.

      • Rodney Jenkins says:

        And that is why I don’t watch WWTBAM anymore due to the format. And that was a totally ripoff commercial.

        • Mark in Toronto says:

          There is one merit to this – Cedric’s performance. He is doing amazing with Millionaire, and handled this scenario like a pro.

          I blame his performance on It’s Worth What? on a faulty format that didn’t really allow him to shine. He’s having a lot more fun here, both with the contestants and the format. I’m watching the show regularly now for the first time in years.

  • Eric Lehmann says:

    I don’t blame her for going for the million. I was thinking digging graves also. But despite losing $75k, she should get some peace of mind.

  • CouponBoy says:

    It’s a shame she didn’t win the million. As least we know the Million is still winnable, and hopefully it won’t take another 4 years for someone to be smart enough and gutsy enough to go for it and hopefully win it. Anyway, excellent game, Josina, and enjoy the money.

  • DeVares says:

    I’m watching it now. It’s amazing that she jumped the first 2 questions of Round 2. This should be interesting.

  • Patrick says:

    I give her a lot of credit for going for it. The whole time the question was up I was thinking D because it just seemed too random – and it seems like the most random choices at the higher level are always the right ones. But then when she started rationalizing C, I thought, “Well, you know, that makes sense.” I thought Cedric played that perfectly – he built the suspense up in the moment beautifully. For a couple of microseconds after she said “Final Answer,” I thought she had it. Great moment, but I did feel it was missing something without her having to go for the $250k or the $500k. The thrill that came from watching people like Ogi Ogas, Jeff Gross, Lyn Payne, etc. I thought was missing a bit because the two jumps took a lot of wind out of the sails of round two.

  • Shawn Sutherland says:

    Welcome to the “lost $75,000 in the Shuffle Format” club, Josina!

  • Rodney Jenkins says:

    NOTE TO EVERYONE: If that comes on as a repeat I would recommend that you avoid it at all costs.

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