October 12, 2007 12:02 AM by Joe Blackmon
Regis Philbin has a strong record of success when it comes to game
shows and reality TV. Philbin has been host of Who Wants To Be A
Millionaire, Super Millionaire, and America’s Got Talent. Now, CBS has
picked up six one-hour episodes of Million Dollar Password, which will
be hosted by Regis Philbin. The series is set for a midseason 2008
Ghen Maynard, CBS Executive Vice President of Alternative Programming & Entertainment Content for New Media and CBS Paramount Network Television Entertainment Group and Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO of FremantleMedia North America jointly made the announcement. The new primetime game show will be a modernized version based on the Goodson/Todman classics Password, Password Plus and Super Password.
"’Password’ is one of the all time classic game shows and we’re thrilled to bring it back to television," said Ghen Maynard. "And what better person to host it than one of today’s preeminent personalities, the ever enthusiastic and beloved Regis Philbin."
"We’re very excited to re-introduce one of the greatest game shows in the history of American television to a whole new audience," says Frot-Coutaz. "With new twists, higher stakes, a one million dollar grand prize and the one and only Regis Philbin at the helm, we’re confident viewers will tune in to re-discover the format that helped to define the game show genre as we know it."
Million Dollar Password will be taped in New York and will feature two teams comprised of one celebrity and one contestant, each competing to guess a password revealed only to the studio audience and viewers at home. The team with the highest score will then have to decide whether or not to keep their earnings or move on to a tension-building final round, where one word can potentially win a one million dollar grand prize.
"I’m thrilled to be part of this great show that I remember so well from a few years ago," says Regis Philbin. "It was a very classy production and Allen Ludden was so terrific. I hope I can continue that tradition on Million Dollar Password."
Hosted by Allen Ludden, the original daytime and primetime versions of "Password" first aired on CBS from 1961 to 1967. Additional versions of Password ran on other networks at various times throughout the years 1971-1989, garnering the first ever Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show in 1974.