NBC Greenlights “The Million Second Quiz”
UPDATE: NBC has officially announced the new quiz show The Million Second Quiz, so we can reveal a bit more information now. The series will debut in September. The show takes place over twelve days and nights, 24/7, and will take place live from an hourglass-shaped building in Manhattan. Players have to play all day in order to avoid being eliminated. After time runs out the champions will battle it out for the chance to win up to $10,000,000. A $10,000,000 prize has only been seen in two other game shows, CBS’s Power of 10 and ABC’s Super Millionaire. The WB also offered a billion dollars on its series Play for a Billion. Home viewers will be able to play along in real-time and may get the chance to appear on the show.
“The Million Second Quiz is a genre-redefining spectacle,” said Paul Telegdy, NBC’s president of alternative and late night programming, in a statement. “It is a game, a social experiment and a live interactive event all wrapped into a uniquely sticky entertainment experience. What is exceptional about The Million Second Quiz is that it embraces technology’s ability to allow everyone in America to actively participate and compete in a way that has never been done.”
At last word, each battle will be a one-versus-one affair. The base value of each question will increase as the bout progresses. After the question and choices are read, the money starts to tick away. The first contestant to buzz in freezes the money. If they’re right they get the money. If wrong the opponent has a chance to steal. The most money at the end of the bout wins.
What do you think? Does this sound like something you’d be interested in? I love the recent reappearance of quiz shows in America. I hope it continues.
From April 19th: Exclusive: Our sources are telling us that NBC has greenlit a new quiz called The Million Second Quiz. The game sees two contestants battle in a quiz where every second counts and the faster you answer, the more money you’ll win. The game is supposed to resemble an all day, every day quiz obviously lasting around a million seconds. Our sources are saying it’s a firm go for this Fall. NBC’s last game attempt, Take It All, aired last December to poor reviews and ratings. When more information becomes available, or if something else changes, we’ll let you know.