CBS has ordered six one-hour episodes of MILLION DOLLAR PASSWORD hosted by Regis Philbin for midseason 2008, it was jointly announced today by Ghen Maynard, CBS Executive Vice President, Alternative Programming & Entertainment Content for New Media, CBS Paramount Network Television Entertainment Group and Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO of FremantleMedia North America . The new primetime game show will be a modernized version based on the Goodson/Todman classics "Password," "Password Plus" and "Super Password."
"'Password' is one of the all time classic game shows and we're thrilled to bring it back to television," said Ghen Maynard. "And what better person to host it than one of today's preeminent personalities, the ever enthusiastic and beloved Regis Philbin."
"We're very excited to re-introduce one of the greatest game shows in the history of American television to a whole new audience," says Frot-Coutaz. "With new twists, higher stakes, a one million dollar grand prize and the one and only Regis Philbin at the helm, we're confident viewers will tune in to re-discover the format that helped to define the game show genre as we know it."
Taped in New York , the new MILLION DOLLAR PASSWORD will feature two teams comprised of one celebrity and one contestant, each competing to guess a password revealed only to the studio audience and viewers at home. The team with the highest score will then have to decide whether or not to keep their earnings or move on to a tension-building final round, where one word can potentially win a one million dollar grand prize.
"I'm thrilled to be part of this great show that I remember so well from a few years ago," says Regis Philbin. "It was a very classy production and Allen Ludden was so terrific. I hope I can continue that tradition on MILLION DOLLAR PASSWORD."
As the energetic host of "Live with Regis and Kelly," now in its 20th season, Regis took his daytime success to nighttime with "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" and "Super Millionaire," and in 2006 returned to primetime, hosting the first season of the hit summer program " America 's Got Talent."