The 11-year old game show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" is getting a facelift for its next season, including a new lifeline and the elimination of the "hot seat," reports the New York Post.
Host Meredith Vieira and contestants will be made to stand during the entire show, the story says. The new lifeline is called "jump the question" and will allow players two free passes, although the show is nixing two other lifelines, "ask the expert" and "double dip," the story says.
The show will keep "ask the audience" as a lifeline, it adds. The format is also getting a tweak: instead of a 15-question route to win $1 million, the game will consist of two rounds.
The first round includes 10 questions and prizes worth as much as $25,000, but the prizes and level of difficulty of the questions will be shuffled.
According to the article, "The result: the first question could be a softball worth $25,000. But there is a catch.
"Players are penalized for quitting early — with half of their winnings returned to the bank.
In the second round, contestants only have to answer four questions to reach the $1 million.
"The shorter path to the grand prize is coupled with a guarantee. If a player walks away from round two, they are allowed to keep all of their accumulated winnings."