Yesterday Nine amended its title from Millionaire Hot Seat to the shorter Hot Seat, a sign that there are is still fine-tuning going on as a big battle looms at 5:30pm.
For its part, Seven has added a second $200,000 “double shot” case to the long running Deal or No Deal.
“All of those shows have been hosted by fabulous folk and all are super little formats in their own right, but we are still here so we can’t let a new challenge worry us,” says Andrew O’Keefe. “We truly expected that they (Nine) would try and come to us with something a bit stronger than Antiques Roadshow and they have.”
Both network game show hosts are on the hustings in the lead up to an important week.
“With Millionaire, you start with the best quiz show that’s ever been on television – it’s the big hitter,’’ Eddie McGuire says.
“You don’t want to diminish what the show is. Everything that’s great about the original show is still there. With the new half-hour show, we’ve refined the lifelines and put a time limit on the first 14 questions (leading up to the million-dollar question). Whole new elements come in play. Every night a nice big chunk of cash is going into someone’s pocket.”
This isn’t the first time Deal has gone head to head with Millionaire at 5:30pm. In 2004 the shows competed at for just nine episodes.
Asked how he thinks the show will perform against its opposition this time, McGuire says: “I play to win every time. Never, at any stage, am I going to be worried about the opposition. We are backing ourselves in.”