Discovery Channel Seeks The 'Greatest American’

Silver Spring, Md. — After tallying more than 500,000 online nominations, Discovery Channel and America Online Inc. have narrowed their search for the Greatest American, a seven-hour TV event set for June, to 100.

The polling yielded some expected choices — Abraham Lincoln, Alexander Graham Bell, Bill Gates, Martin Luther King Jr., John F. Kennedy, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Elvis Presley — and perhaps some unexpected ones – Brett Favre, Christopher Reeve, Laura and Barbara Bush, Ellen DeGeneres and Dr. Phil McGraw.

Hosted by Matt Lauer of NBC’s Today, Discovery will debut Greatest American June 5 at 8 p.m. (ET/PT) and air it every Sunday that month.

Greatest American will conclude with a live finale from New York on June 26 at 9 p.m.

GSN Makes 'Millionaire’ A Weeklong Affair

Santa Monica, Calif. — Beginning next month, GSN will be home to millionaires seven nights per week.

The network renewed its deal with Buena Vista Television for Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, ordering an additional 112 episodes of the Regis Philbin-hosted series, as well as one-dozen Super Millionaire shows in which contestants vied for a top prize of $10 million.

Super Millionaire, which ABC aired during sweeps periods, will be part of GSN’s Sunday-night lineup at 8 p.m. (ET/PT) starting May 1. The show joins its predecessor, which airs Monday to Saturday in the same time period.

GSN has aired Who Wants to Be A Millionaire since October 2003, and the show has been a solid performer in terms of overall viewers and adults 25-54. Season to date, Millionaire has averaged a 0.7 Nielsen Media Research household mark, GSN officials said.