ABC has cancelled the long-running game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire after 17 years in syndication and 20 years since it premiered on the network, according to Deadline.
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire premiered on August 16, 1999 with then-host Regis Philbin.
- It moved into syndication in 2002, when it began its 17-year run.
- After Philbin, the show was hosted by Meredith Vieira for 11 seasons, followed by Cedric the Entertainer, Terry Crews and most recently Chris Harrison.
- The show recently announced that it had given away more than $100 million in total winnings since 2002, a milestone that was celebrated with specialty shows, giveaways and a commemorative show in which favorite past contestants were given another shot at $1 million.
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- Late-night television fans will have another three years of Guillermo, Aunt Chippy, “This Week in Unnecessary Censorship” and Matt Damon jokes as ABC extends Jimmy Kimmel’s overall contract.
- ABC has said they have no plans to replace Constance Wu on Fresh Off the Boat after the actress took to twitter to share her frustration that the sitcom would be returning.
- Fear not Idol fans, ABC has renewed reality singing competition, American Idol for a third season.
- Be sure to check out ABC’s full Fall 2019-2020 schedule here and check out our Cancelled/Renewed guide here.