Saturday, September 26, 2015

Wrong is right

It didn't take long for Chris Harrison to get his first big winner on Millionaire.

Joe MacLeod, who writes for a Baltimore alternative newspaper under the name "Mr. Wrong," won the show's real top prize of a quarter-million. Okay, higher amounts are possible but are never reached with the syndie's brutal questions. Joe begged off the half-mill query about Shirley Temple's opinion of various laps she sat in. (No, she didn't give anybody lap dances. She was a cute child star.)

Meanwhile, critics around the Interwebs look to be mostly positive about Chris Harrison. Pundits seem relieved that the old-line quizzer has a calm, professional host in command, instead of a Steve Harvey wannabe. This is a serious quizzer for potentially big money, after all.

At least in Baltimore Millionaire hasn't been exiled to late night or some other God-forsaken spot. It gets the noon hour in the market, maybe not the best timeslot but halfway decent. Congrats to Joe and best wishes for the rebooted Millionaire. We'll get a first look at Chris Harrison's ratings in a few days.


  1. The real top prize is still $1 million. The problem is the casting of the contestants. Last season had many of the worst in show history as they were going for goofballs over those that came to play a game. They have also been casting many risk-adverse people as well, so of course they will walk instead of taking a chance.

    In this stack, I would've been staring down the $1 million question as I've seen the picture of Shirley Temple and J Edgar Hoover.

    1. Nobody's won a million in ordinary gameplay since Nancy Christie in 2003. Sorry, but the real top prize does seem to be 250K.

    2. Just because their contestants don't go for it doesn't make it any less real.

    3. The show makes sure they don't go for it by making the questions insanely difficult. Hey, the syndie only has so much money for the prize budget.

    4. How difficult do you consider to be "insanely difficult"?

      Over the past three seasons, I can successfully answer more than 50% of the level two questions, and get to level two about 95% of the time.

      The show has insured nobody got there by poor casting choices, yet this still makes the $1 million top prize no less real.