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TCA: ABC to revive “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire”, “Supermarket Sweep”

American commercial broadcaster ABC unveiled a raft of new unscripted series at the 2020 Television Critics Association winter press tour today (Jan. 8) in Pasadena, including a new iteration of ...
January 8, 2020

American commercial broadcaster ABC unveiled a raft of new unscripted series at the 2020 Television Critics Association winter press tour today (Jan. 8) in Pasadena, including a new iteration of classic game show giant Who Wants to be a Millionaire.

The rebooted series celebrates the 20th anniversary of the original Millionaire, hosted by Regis Philbin, which launched in January of 2000. Funnyman Jimmy Kimmel (pictured) will step into Philbin’s shoes as host of the new version, which will feature a few departures from the original.

The series will feature celebrities playing for charity, and viewers will be invited to participate from home through an interactive game. And for the first time, contestants will have the chance to invite a guest in the hot seat to help them answer questions. It could be a relative, a beloved teacher, a famed trivia expert or anyone else they choose to help them win as much money as they can for the charity of their choice.

The series is produced by Sony Pictures Television’s Embassy Row, Kimmelot and Valleycrest Productions. Original series EP Michael Davies returns to executive produce, along with Kimmel and Mike Richards.

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire is set to premiere April 8 on ABC.

Meanwhile, ABC is further bolstering its entertainment lineup with the reboot of the 1965 game show Supermarket Sweep, to be hosted and executive produced by Saturday Night Live comedian Leslie Jones.

Produced by Fremantle, the 10-episode order will spotlight three teams of two battling it out by utilizing their grocery shopping skills and knowledge of merchandise to win big cash prizes.

The original format aired on ABC from 1965-1967 and was adapted in 13 international territories. The game show format was recently relaunched in the UK by The Maidstone Studios for ITV2 with Rylan Clark-Neal as host.

Production on the revitalized Supermarket Sweep will begin this spring, with an air date to be announced at a later date.

Supermarket Sweep is executive produced by Jones, Hunter Seidman and Jennifer Mullin, Alycia Rossiter and Wes Kauble.

Finally, ABC is expanding its Bachelor franchise with The Bachelor: Listen to Your Heart.

The series, premiering April 13 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, will see 30 single men and women embark on a journey to find love through music.

Participants will meet and explore their relationships while living together and going on Bachelor-style dates that focus on music.

Once the couples commit to one another they’ll be tested through musical challenges, including live performances, judged by popular musicians. Contestants whose performances reveal their love for one another will be given the chance to go further in the competition, until one couple is left standing.

The Bachelor: Listen to Your Heart is a Next Entertainment Production in association with Warner Horizon Unscripted Television. Martin Hilton, Nicole Woods, Bennett Graebner, Peter Gust, Tim Warner, Louis Caric and Peter Geist serve as executive producers.

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