In accordance with a crackdown this month on reality shows and an edict from the government that TV stations must air uplifting programs, Chinese TV will air a special version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire. In this version, contestants will play for charity rather than for themselves.
The Chinese Millionaire will feature celebrities instead of regular folk, and the show's producer says that the name will likely be changed because 1 million yuan amounts to only $129,000. The show is set to premiere in May.
Reality shows are a popular staple of Chinese TV, but the government has deemed them vulgar and began a crackdown on them this month. Yesterday, the Chinese government issued a decree that TV shows need to be uplifing and inspiring.
In 2005, a Chinese version of The Apprentice derailed when US show star and executive producer Donald Trump had a falling out with his Hong Kong partner.