Tuesday, November 23, 1999

When will 'Millionaires' come back?

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        That's the $1 million question.

        “They've been talking about all kinds of different options,” says Susan Sewell, ABC Entertainment media relations director.

        Millionaire has so captivated America that ABC added three days to its November run, for a total of 18 consecutive days. It ends Wednesday.

        Among the choices being considered by ABC are bringing it back as a February sweeps special, or producing a regular series.

        Some ABC programmers have talked to Millionaire producer Michael Davies about bringing the show back for three or four episodes a week for a full-year run, reports the New York Daily News.

        Walt Disney Co., which owns ABC, also could syndicate the show next fall as a weeknight competitor to Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune.

        Before becoming the hit of November sweeps, Mr. Davies had said it was a lock to return for February sweeps.

        So when will it be back?

        “We don't know yet,” Ms. Sewell says. “They're under no deadline to make a decision.”


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