Q& A

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Television - with Ed­die Mcguire

IT has been a roller-coaster 12 months for Ed­die McGuire. This is Your Life and Mil­lion Dol­lar

Drop failed to ig­nite, Be­tween the Lines was axed af­ter four episodes but his show Hot Seat has been an is­land of sta­bil­ity, reg­u­larly beat­ing ri­val Deal or No Deal and is set to cel­e­brate its 500th episode.

Q. You first hosted Who Wants to be a

Mil­lion­aire in 1999. Did you ever think you’d be host­ing a ver­sion of it more than a decade later?

A. The show stopped [ in 2006] when I went up to Syd­ney to be the [ Chan­nel 9] CEO. It was still rat­ing very well. I thought at that stage it was fin­ished be­cause I wasn’t plan­ning to do too much on air. When we de­cided to come back [ as Hot Seat] it was billed as ‘‘$ 20 mil­lion over 20 nights’’, but it kept go­ing.

Q. Why has it been so suc­cess­ful?

A. When we first did Mil­lion­aire a mil­lion dol­lars on TV was mas­sive. You can play it [ at home] whether you’re five or 95. You get re­ally good ques­tions, some drama, like or dis­like the con­tes­tants. Ev­ery­one can have a go. A lot of peo­ple didn’t think [ Hot Seat] would work as a half-hour stripped show. You’re still a bet­ter chance of win­ning money on Hot Seat ev­ery night than you are on

MasterChef across its en­tire jour­ney.

Q. You’ve also done Mil­lion Dol­lar Drop, This is Your Life and Be­tween the Lines this year to var­ied suc­cess.

A. There al­ways comes a time, whether you’re a foot­baller or a per­former, where

you’ve got to take one for the team.

Who knows, Mil­lion Dol­lar Drop may come back later in the year and be in a spot to do re­ally well. It’s a good show. Q. Is there any­thing left on TV you would like to do?

A. There are plenty of things I’d like to do. I’ve had a very good run. I love Chan­nel 9 and I’ve been here in just about ev­ery ca­pac­ity there is. I’m sure that plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties will come up. We’ve got the Olympic Games next year. There are lots of things to en­joy.

Hot Seat,

WIN, week­nights, 5.30pm

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