Sunday, December 6, 2015

Attention!

Military weeks are nothing new for game shows. Wheel of Fortune seems to have one every year. So it's no big surprise that Millionaire will feature contestants in uniform starting December 14. As one of the show's producers says: "It's a nice way to say 'Thank you for your service,' but also to kind of put them on a pedestal — to say, 'Hey, here’s a chance to win some real money.'"

Military Times, formerly owned by Gannett and resembling USA Today in its layout and style, reports on the week in a long article. Apparently the contestants were, as you might expect, a lot more disciplined than the usual game show civvies (pun intended). "We hear 'sir' a lot more." The format for the military shows was pretty much the same as always for Millionaire, though the article says there was an extra lifeline. No word on exactly what that lifeline was.

In the end for the military personnel, it came down to answering the questions and climbing the money tree, just like any other contestant. Host Chris Harrison cautions...

That is the risk you run with these theme weeks. You want it to be a positive experience. But at the end of the day, it's a game, and they have to be able to play that game somewhat well to be able to get some money. You do run the risk of them walking out of here without it, which is terrible. For the host, it's the last thing I want. I want the happy ending.

We'll see how many happy endings happen in the week of December 14.

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