Monday, September 19, 2011

ABC "Millionaire" quiz show kicks off celebrity version with Carson Kressley as contestant; he almost gets to the end

“Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” is having its own version of “Celebrity Apprentice”, and today Carson Kressley  (link) won $25000 for the Alzheimer’s Association (see link for announcement of walk and need for teams).  Meredith Vieira hosted.   

Kressley rattled off most answers quickly and came within three questions of winning the full $1 million, which I have never seen happen myself.  He finally stumbled on a question involving Ernest Hemmingway and Samuel Beckett.

The domain hosting the show has the odd domain name of dadt, (website url) link. “DADT” here stands for “Disney ABC Domestic Television” but many people will connect it to the notorious “don’t ask don’t tell” policy regarding gays in the military, recently repealed.  It’s very hard for companies to safely pick acronyms that don’t lead to “double entendre”.  But Disney has used the domain since 2000, with no one noticing (least of all me, who should have, since I own "doaskdotell.com").  

Later Monday, Sept. 19,  Anderson Cooper will interview his own mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, at 4 PM EDT in the DC area.  Anderson himself grew up in New York City. 

Here's a transformation on YouTube, "You Wants to Be a YouTubullionaire".  Yes, the host is cute!


See my Movies blog today for info on the new "Don't Ask Don't Tell" film with cable screenings Sept. 20. 

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