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PICKING THE CONTESTANTS

The process of selecting contestants for the initial thirteen broadcasts began with an ad asking viewers "Who wants to be a millionaire?" and informing them that by calling a 900-number (some states required 800-numbers), answering three questions correctly in the fastest time, and being the top scorers in a playoff game, they could be on their way to New York City. The cost of the call was $1.50, and callers were restricted to two calls from the same phone each day. Revenues from these phone calls were to be used to defer the costs of producing the show.

In Britain this technique had been tremendously successful, but initially here there were substantially fewer calls than expected. "Calling a 900-number can have a real taboo about it," explains Supervising Producer Ann Miller, "and so many people have 900-blocks on their phones to prevent their kids from using it." (Callers now use a free 800-number to qualify.)

Players were asked to answer three general-knowledge questions increasing in difficulty. Each question required players to put four things in the proper order using their telephone keypad. One question, for example, told players to "put the following cities in order from east to west, traveling along Route 66: Albuquerque, Tulsa, Amarillo, Beverly Hills." Players who answered all the questions correctly were ranked on speed of response. About 7 percent of callers answered all three questions correctly. These players were then asked to select one of the available thirteen tape dates for which they wanted to qualify. (If you try calling in, Davies advises that you, "prepare yourself with a pen, paper, and chart for the answers before you make the phone call.")

There was a playoff for each tape date, held among the top scorers from each day who selected the same tape date. The playoff consisted of five questions of increasing difficulty, answered by placing the items in the correct order. Again, players who answered all the questions correctly were ranked based on the speed of their responses.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion; 1st edition (January 5, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786885777
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786885770
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,407,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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56 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Jay Thomas on December 5, 1999
Format: Paperback
An excellent book about one of the biggest phenomenons in the history of television. Great facts and great questions. Only complaints: more "writing" on show info (only 30 pgs or so - the rest is sample questions), and pictures would be nice.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "rebelunion" on March 12, 2000
Format: Paperback
The book of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" is rather well done and worth buying. The authors put in a good mix of both simple and challenging questions, and the book has an organized and easy to read layout. I liked the fact that the answers are in the back, and that the lifelines are located so that a reader doesn't immediately flip to the page with the answers.
In addition, the beginning of the book has interesting facts about the game show, including its development and how the show is run. It was a great idea to put the history of the show into the book, and this portion certainly made the book more enjoyable.
"Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" is a very pleasant book, and if you finish answering all the questions, there's always the online game at abc.com for you to try. Either way, both the online game and the book are entertaining enough to make you feel like you've won a million bucks.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joyce Knox on February 11, 2000
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Out of the 200 pages in this book, 174 are all question pages.But the 26 pages of info are superb, from Regis first hearing of theBrittish show to ABC buying the rights from Britains ITV, it's all here. But there are no pictures which is a bit misleading from it's glossy cover, not so much an official guide but more of a quiz book. My advice, go and buy the Brittish guide, lots more show info and laden with glossy pictures.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 24, 2002
Format: Paperback
I love Who Wants to be a Millionaire with Regis Philbin the host of the T.V. show & I love this book by author David Fisher & (Editor), Michael P. Davies & Who Wants To Be A Millionaire on T.V. reminds me of The National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Nevada at The Thomas & Mack Center.
I like the Phone a friend lifeline & I think it is cool that you phone a friend for a question you are stuck on!
The stars from Millionaire that played before I like is David Stewart, Tyrese, Gary Cahall, Dan Blonsky & Mary Beth & Rob McNalley the stars from Millionaire on the T.V. shows.
The gameshows I like is Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy! & Who Wants To Be A Millionaire & the shows on abc I like is All My Children, General Hospital & Who Wants To Be A Millionaire!
This is a great book & I loved it!!!!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By irmita on August 19, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book generally contains fascinating tidbits about the most popular game show on television today. However, it did not include as many trivia questions as I assumed there would be. Some questions are at an easy level while others are more difficult, similar to those that actual contestants answer on the game show. Unfortunately, the questions fail to cover a broad range of topics. I agree that too many trivia questions focus around the media, even television shows that I never even saw. But if you enjoy the show, then this makes a good collector's item. YOu'll have a more enjoyable time answering the questions that appear on the show instead of the ones in this book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MexicanTrivia lover. on July 10, 2000
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....this is not the book for you. I did not like this book at all. I was looking for a general-knowledge-trivia book and this was not it; it has way too many questions about TV shows, and the rest of them sound for a fifth or sixth grader student. If you are American (because it also has tons of only-North American issues) and just started to play trivia (looking for an easy one) you might like this though... otherwise I would recommend you to look for another trivia book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kara on January 16, 2001
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This book is not as great as it sounds. Michael Davis barely gives you a "behinds-the-scenes" look. It's very boring too. There are pages and pages of questions and the answers are there. I don't recommend this to anyone, except the WWTBAM fanatic Rosie O'Donnell.
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By Donald on August 13, 2001
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This is a good book, and it is fun to play the games in it! However, I would like to have seen more writing about the actual show. There are only a few pages that discuss the show, and then the rest of the book is the games. It is neat to play the 15 Millionaire games that are included with family members and friends, though, and test each other's knowledge. Overall, this is a fun and enjoyable book, and I recommend it to anyone who is a fan of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" or just a trivia buff.
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