Previous “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” have Meredith Vieira is back in the daytime field with “25 Words or Less,” debuting Sept. 16 (2 p.m. on WNYW/Ch. 5).
On the off chance that the show sounds recognizable, that is on the grounds that Vieira facilitated a three-week “25 Words” keep running on nine Fox-possessed stations in August 2018 with big name visitors including Taye Diggs, Bradley Whitford, and Loni Love. The show conveyed strong appraisals, guaranteeing its arrival in national syndication (201 markets on Fox stations and other system offshoots).
“I didn’t think I’d like the show as much as I did — and after that in the event that it didn’t get got I would have been disturbed,” Vieira, 65, says of facilitating the previous summer’s run. “You realized when something is great and I was having such a decent time shooting those 15 shows. I’ve arrived at a point in my vocation where I simply need to work with decent individuals who comprehend what they’re doing. I simply don’t need the show.”
“25 Words” depends on the tabletop game made by Bruce Sterten, who’s a maker alongside Lisa Kudrow, Dan Bucatinsky (“Scandal”) and Mary McCormack (“The Kids Are Alright”). It highlights two groups of three individuals (two contenders and a VIP) attempting to figure five answers utilizing as few words as could reasonably be expected (most extreme: 25 words) in 45 seconds.
“I think individuals will in general love games and they’re extremely mainstream at the present time,” says Vieira. “This is fun and family-situated and something you can play in your parlor. What I cherish about it is that it is anything but a reboot — nothing against that — except for it’s a crisp tabletop game that has been re-deciphered for TV.”
Vieira facilitated the daytime form of “Mogul” from 2002-2013, however, says there’s a major contrast among that and “25 Words.”
“It’s two groups playing against one another, wherein ‘Tycoon’ it was me with one individual,” she says. “When we began ‘Mogul’ the contender had all the time on the planet to concoct the appropriate response, and that was agonizing. I was against the [time] clock, however, then I was happy they organized it. When the train leaves the station in this game, it’s moving quickly and that is it — and I like that pace. I become more acquainted with the competitors and invest energy conversing with them — for me, it’s essential to ensure the solace level is there for them.
“What’s more, the big names are so dazzling and treat the contenders like they’re the big name since it’s extremely about them,” she says. “Now and again, famous people are progressively apprehensive in light of the fact that they would prefer not to wreckage up. They put resources into these individuals and they’re a piece of the group, and on the off chance that they don’t play well, that individual leaves the washout. So there’s unquestionably that component.”
Vieira says an arrival to another TV job would rely upon the conditions and timing.
“When I was filling in [for Hoda Kotb] on ‘Today’ I had an extraordinary time, yet I was happy when that time was up,” she says. “I truly would prefer not to return to that. I like the opportunity to state, ‘I’m going to Cape Cod for a month.’ [Her husband] Richard [Cohen] and I sort of earned that.”