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Regis, ‘Millionaire’ to return to ABC prime time

A decade after “Millionaire” became a smash hit, it will return to prime time as an 11-night event, says ABC. It premieres Aug. 9, concluding Aug. 23.
/ Source: The Associated Press

ABC is reviving “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” this summer, complete with host Regis Philbin.

A decade after “Millionaire” became a smash hit, it will return to prime time as an 11-night event, says ABC. It premieres Aug. 9, concluding Aug. 23.

The quiz show burst on the U.S. scene in August 1999. Philbin coined an instant catch phrase by asking his contestants, “Is that your final answer?”

Ratings slid when ABC aired the show too often, and it was canceled as a series in 2002. But renewed interest has been signaled by “Slumdog Millionaire,” this year’s Oscar-winning drama about a young contestant on a version of the show in India.

A syndicated daytime version has aired in the U.S. since 2002, with Meredith Vieira as host.