I headed to Queens yesterday to check out a taping of the brand-new, yet-to-be-broadcast CBS game show “Million Dollar Password,” hosted by Regis Philbin.
It turned into a Suburbarazzi goldmine when South Nyack resident Rosie O’Donnell emerged from backstage to try to help contestants to win the big prize. She looked great, jelled with contestants and quickly became a crowd favorite on-camera and off.
And although she didnâ€™t get to host â€œThe Price Is Right,â€ she proved Sunday that she more than holds her own as a game show celebrity panelist. Skateboarder Tony Hawk was the other celebrity clue-giver for the taping I viewed.
There’s so much more I want to say about what I saw, but because I signed my life away upon witnessing the taping, Iâ€™m probably not at liberty to disclose much more until that episode airs.
So why am I comfortable disclosing even this much information? Rosie documented this much on her blog yesterday:
today i shot million dollar password
hosted by regis – who is just the best
the set is HUGE
like millionaire/deal-no deal/1vs100 HUGE
this aint the old password
itâ€™s on CBS
fun fun fun
You’d never be able to discern it, but if you watch Rosie’s video in the same post, I’m a maroon blur in the extreme lower-left of the audience at the 1-minute, 24 second mark. I swear.
Oh, and as a game show enthusiast, I really like the new “Password” format. True enough to the original(s), but more exciting.
More details about Rosie’s contributions to the show — and another local connection — after the episode airs, I promise!
(AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)