Pat Sajak hosts this game show, where contestants guess letters in mystery words and phrases. They win prizes based on results of spinning a wheel and guessing correctly to solve the ... See full summary »
I have seen the first run of Million Dollar Password and though it's great to finally see a revival of one of TV's best word games, it's not the familiar format that many people like me have grown up with in the 60s and 70s. It doesn't even look like the last two incarnations Password Plus and Super Password. What this version looks like is several Lightning Rounds strung together. It also looks too glitzy. The original version was your typical low budget 60s game show set and the early 70s revival's first set didn't have a lot of glitz until the format changed to Password All-Stars. Also, there were a number of celebrities who weren't around when Password was on the air in any form and they looked like they didn't know how to play the game well. On the other hand, it was great to see Betty White as a celebrity guest. IMHO she along with Carol Burnett are the best Password players ever.
On the brighter side of things, Regis Philbin was outstanding as host, stepping into a role that Allen Ludden made famous in the 60s and 70s and the increasing cash amounts brought a lot of drama to the proceedings.
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