threearruda wrote: ↑
Wed Feb 20, 2019 10:03 pm
alietr wrote: ↑
Wed Feb 20, 2019 9:49 pm
threearruda wrote: ↑
Wed Feb 20, 2019 8:09 pm
Judging by the increased discussion surrounding the show this season and the high quality of contestants, I suspect we'll see the show for at least a few more years, so I hope to see you both again in the near future!
Actually, the most recent news I read indicated it was at risk of cancellation, unfortunately.
Sheesh I need to stop saying stuff out of my.. whatever. Thanks for the correction, very unfortunate to hear. I know it was almost cancelled in 2015, but this is the first news I've heard recently about its future. Good to keep in mind, seems as if discussion could be interesting in a few months.
The same reason this show was saved a few years ago may be the same reason this show gets saved again.
Right now a talk show is under consideration to replace Millionaire. While that may still happen, Millionaire may still live on for three reasons:
1. it does get good daytime ratings, usually around a 1.6, so it is being watched
2. it is cheap to produce, so it is profitible and that always matters more than quality of programming. Launching a new talk show is a big risk
the third reason is the most important, something we learned from the Sony hack. If Disney were to stop making the show, they would lose all rights to make the show in the future to Sony. I don't know if Sony would have to wait any length of time to make new episodes, but they would own the show in the USA and could bring it back any time (although they are not allowed to use the shuffle format, that would stay with Disney who could make a new show with that format and call it something else).
This show is still a valuable property, and all Disney needs to do is keep cranking out episodes and put it on their 8 O&O stations to keep the rights. I don't know if there is a minimum number of episodes/airings in the agreement, but they would likely do a minimum job of keeping this show going.
ETA: I could be missing a few details, but this is the basics