Terry Crews feels like he’s struck it rich himself.
Currently on movie screens in “The Expendables 3,” the NFL veteran starts the second season of Fox’s Golden Globe Award-winning police sitcom “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” in its new Sunday slot Sept. 28. And he succeeds Meredith Vieira and Cedric the Entertainer as the new host of the syndicated weekday version of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” as its 13th season starts Monday (Sept. 8).
“I am doing things that I never, ever dreamed of,” the boisterous Crews tells Zap2it of his media career, “and it just keeps going. Once you get this kind of momentum, you just try things you never would have tried before … and you find out, ‘Hey, I can actually do this!’ I’m finding out a lot about myself as I go along.”
That includes how much Crews is willing to stick with something, a major factor in landing him the “Millionaire” gig that he calls “one of the most amazing, satisfying things in my life. I’m so glad that this went down.”
According to Crews, Disney/ABC (which produces the game show) came to him about taking over the host role, but he wasn’t sure about the time factor – especially since it now tapes in Stamford, Conn., and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” films in Los Angeles – and whether the different production entities could work with his schedule.
“I just thought, ‘Go for it,’ ” Crews recalls. “Sometimes, you ask, ‘Why should I do this?’ I’ve learned to start asking, ‘Why not?’ There were so many times the deal seemed to be dead in the water, but I told the (‘Millionaire’) producers, ‘Let’s keep rehearsing anyway.’
“I just kept practicing and did a test for Disney, and all of a sudden they were like, ‘Hey, he’s working.’ And something that seemed impossible became, in a very short time, improbable. And here I am, doing it.”