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The seventeenth season of the U.S. syndicated version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? will premiere on September 10, 2018. It's hosted by Chris Harrison.

There will be a set of minor changes, most of them graphical. The studio was upgraded to have darkening multicolor lights. The logo was slightly simplified, removing the central pattern and replacing the ITC Conduit "WHO WANTS TO BE A" text with Helvetica Neue (which looks closer to Copperplate Gothic). The question graphics have also been changed, replacing the traditional lozenge look Millionaire has been using in one form or another since 1999 with a more abstract, slant and bevel heavy package. The last remnant of the Shuffle format, the Bank, has also been removed.

Lifelines Edit

There are three lifelines that are used regularly. During Whiz Kids Weeks, an additional lifeline is used:

Episodes Edit

  • Episode 1 (September 10, 2018)
Malcolm Brooks ($30,000)
  • Episode 2 (September 11, 2018)
Sarah Sanders ($0) 
Susannah Brooks (continued)
  • Episode 3 (September 12, 2018)
Susannah Brooks ($100,000) 
Keri Buck (continued)
  • Episode 4 (September 13, 2018)
Keri Buck ($20,000) 
Sam Stubblefield (continued)
  • Episode 5 (September 14, 2018)
Sam Stubblefield ($50,000) 
Natasha Alford ($10,000) 
Audience contestant ($1,000)
  • Episode 6 (September 17, 2018)
Steven Johnson ($5,000) 
Steve Johnson ($10,000)
  • Episode 7 (September 18, 2018)
S'Christen Johnson ($30,000)
  • Episode 8 (September 19, 2018)
Jeremy Davis ($50,000)
  • Episode 9 (September 20, 2018)
Ellen Sarem ($10,000) 
Nick DeGuzman (continued)
  • Episode 10 (September 21, 2018)
Nick DeGuzman ($20,000) 
Janet Azevedo ($20,000)
  • Episode 11 (September 24, 2018)
Robert Kim ($20,000) 
Audience contestant ($1,000)
  • Episode 12 (September 25, 2018)
Stan Jastrzebski ($20,000) 
Audience contestant ($1,000)
  • Episode 13 (September 26, 2018)
Devon Nichols ($30,000)
Paul Fajman (continued)
  • Episode 14 (September 27, 2018)
Paul Fajman ($5,000)
Robin Adams ($5,000)
  • Episode 15 (September 28, 2018)
Laurence Levy ($5,000)
  • Episode 16 (October 1, 2018)
Carmen Apelgren ($10,000)
  • Episode 17 (October 2, 2018)
Tom Colocci (continued)
  • Episode 18 (October 3, 2018)
Tom Colocci ($50,000) 
Sarah Arora ($0) 
Mark Ryder (continued)
  • Episode 19 (October 4, 2018)
Mark Ryder ($100,000) 
Bret Kimple ($10,000)
  • Episode 20 (October 5, 2018)
Molly Mollin ($20,000) 
Audience contestant ($1,000)
  • Episode 21 (October 8, 2018)
Brett Lazer (continued)
  • Episode 22 (October 9, 2018)
Brett Lazer ($50,000) 
Trent Edwards ($5,000) 
Audience contestant ($1,000)
  • Episode 23 (October 10, 2018)
Craig Handy ($5,000) 
Karen Robinson ($7,000)
  • Episode 24 (October 11, 2018)
Dan Wu ($20,000) 
Rebecca Price ($5,000)
  • Episode 25 (October 12, 2018)
Bud Humphrey ($5,000) 
Audience contestant ($1,000)
  • Episode 26 (October 15, 2018) - Celebrity Week (1)
Howie Dorough & AJ McLean ($5,000)
  • Episode 27 (October 16, 2018) - Celebrity Week (2)
Cheryl “Salt” James & Sandra “Pepa” Denton (continued)
  • Episode 28 (October 17, 2018) - Celebrity Week (3)
Cheryl "Salt" James & Sandra "Pepa" Denton ($5,000) 
Tom Green (continued)
  • Episode 29 (October 18, 2018) - Celebrity Week (4)
Tom Green ($20,000) 
Paul Shaffer (continued)
  • Episode 30 (October 19, 2018) - Celebrity Week (5)
Paul Shaffer ($20,000) 
Audience contestant ($1,000)
  • Episode 31 (October 22, 2018)
Chris Severn ($5,000) 
Tom Grabon ($5,000)
  • Episode 32 (October 23, 2018)
Peter Jung ($5,000) 
Cris Pannullo (continued)
  • Episode 33 (October 24, 2018)
Cris Pannullo ($5,000) 
Katie Champlain ($30,000)
  • Episode 34 (October 25, 2018)
Claudia Perry ($0) 
Herb Brown ($5,000) 
Aaron Himmel (continued)
  • Episode 35 (October 26, 2018)
Aaron Himmel ($30,000) 
Linda Altieri ($5,000)
  • Episode 36 (October 29, 2018)
Pat Baxt ($20,000) 
Robin Richards (continued)
  • Episode 37 (October 30, 2018)
Robin Richards ($50,000)
  • Episode 38 (October 31, 2018)
Andrew Bloomberg ($5,000) 
Miles McMahon (continued)
  • Episode 39 (November 1, 2018)
Miles McMahon ($5,000) 
John Beerling ($5,000) 
Audience contestant ($1,000)
  • Episode 40 (November 2, 2018)
Kyle Foster ($100,000)
  • Episode 41 (November 5, 2018) - Victories for Veterans Week (1)
Lori Bailey ($5,000) 
Eileen Lanzarone (continued)
  • Episode 42 (November 6, 2018) - Victories for Veterans Week (2)
Eileen Lanzarone ($10,000) 
Chuck Tessman ($5,000) 
Anne Benovil-Murphy (continued) 
  • Episode 43 (November 7, 2018) - Victories for Veterans Week (3)
Anne Benovil-Murphy ($30,000) 
Audience contestant ($0)
  • Episode 44 (November 8, 2018) - Victories for Veterans Week (4)
Greg Anders ($5,000) 
John Butler ($5,000)
  • Episode 45 (November 9, 2018) - Victories for Veterans Week (5)
Ashley Durkin ($20,000) 
Audience contestant ($1,000)
  • Episode 71 (December 17, 2018) - Secondary Run Week (1)
Lissa Gregorio ($20,000) 
Brandon Leeberg (continued)
  • Episode 72 (December 18, 2018) - Secondary Run Week (2)
Brandon Leeberg ($20,000)
Andrew Thomas (continued)
  • Episode 73 (December 19, 2018) - Secondary Run Week (3)
Andrew Thomas ($50,000)
Megan Turner (continued)
  • Episode 74 (December 20, 2018) - Secondary Run Week (4)
Megan Turner ($5,000)
Shane Cunningham (continued)
  • Episode 75 (December 21, 2018) - Secondary Run Week (5)
Shane Cunningham ($20,000)
Curt Bell ($5,000)
McKinnie Sizemore (continued)
  • Episode 76 (December 24, 2018) - Secondary Run Week (6)
McKinnie Sizemore ($5,000)
Chip Bell ($5,000)
Jeffrey Thompsen (continued)
  • Episode 77 (December 25, 2018) - Secondary Run Week (7)
Jeffrey Thompsen ($5,000)
Tara Whittle (continued)
  • Episode 78 (December 26, 2018) - Secondary Run Week (8)
Tara Whittle ($20,000)
Lisa Karahalios (continued)
  • Episode 79 (December 27, 2018) - Secondary Run Week (9)
Lisa Karahalios ($20,000)
Jay Malarcher ($0)
Julia Novakovic (continued)
  • Episode 80 (December 28, 2018) - Secondary Run Week (10)
Julia Novakovic ($50,000)
Sam Brown (continued)
  • Episode 81 (December 31, 2018) - Secondary Run Week (11)
Sam Brown ($10,000)
Major Baisden ($5,000)
Danielle Stillman (continued)
  • Episode 82 (January 1, 2019) - Secondary Run Week (12)
Danielle Stillman ($5,000)
Greg Watson (continued)
  • Episode 83 (January 2, 2019) - Secondary Run Week (13)
Greg Watson ($50,000)
Glory Fagan ($5,000)
Audience contestant ($1,000)
  • Episode 84 (January 3, 2019) - Secondary Run Week (14)
Daniel Okamura ($20,000)
Brenna Landis (continued)
  • Episode 85 (January 4, 2019) - Secondary Run Week (15)
Brenna Landis ($5,000)
Charles O'Neill ($5,000)
Audience contestant ($1,000)

Trivia Edit

  • Sarah Sanders is first contestant of this season, who used all lifelines on the 4th question and walked away with nothing.
  • Susannah Brooks is first contestant in this season, who saved the Ask the Audience lifeline to $250,000 question where used it. Most of the audience failed.
  • Ellen Sarem became the first contestant in the U.S. version of the show to walk away without using all her lifelines in almost 11 years (excluding the Double Dip lifeline from Seasons 7-8) and the first one to do it in Season 17.
  • Sarah Arora is the first contestant in almost 3 years to miss the very first question.
  • In 30th episode, Paul Shaffer walked away without going with 87% of the audience. Also he appeared as audience contestant and won an extra $1,000 for his charity.
  • In 39th episode, Miles McMahon's $20,000 question, 71% voted for the wrong answer and 15% were right.
  • Robin Richards and Andrew Thomas are contestants, who answered the $250,000 question wrong.
  • On May 17, 2019, 3,000th show will air.

Links Edit


Preceded by
Season 16
U.S. Seasons
Season 17
Succeeded by
Season 18