I'll go out on a limb and say that I like the new game. I can still play along, the lights and set changes look good, I don't mind the missing hot seat, and Meredith Vieira is still a class act. But let's make no mistake about this: it's no longer the Millionaire that we've come to love over the years. It's a completely different game. If another network/production company had unveiled a game show with this format while "classic" Millionaire was still going strong, there might have been comparisons, but they'd be two distinct entities.
I'm not sure if it's editing or the fact that so far the contestants haven't been big on overthinking their answers, but the absence of the clock hasn't seemed to slow things down all that much yet. I do miss most of the lifelines, and Jump the Question just doesn't seem to have the same creative oomph that something like Ask the Expert offers.
At the risk of sounding like an old stick in the mud who is resistant to change, the show is going to take some getting used to for me. That's not to say I'm not enjoying it - I am. But it's not Millionaire any longer, at least not really. I mentioned this before, but I really think that, in a couple of months, ABC ought to bring back prime time Who Wants to Be a Millionaire with the classic format. Even if it's just for a few weeks again, it'll be worth it to see the game being played the way we're used to seeing it.
And now it's time for you to weigh in! What do you think of the new Millionaire format?
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