The Million Second Quiz is an upcoming American television game show produced by All3Media America to be broadcast on NBC beginning September 9, 2013. The show follows a group of contestants who compete for up to $10 million in a quiz competition across 1,000,000 seconds, or about eleven and a half days. NBC will air 1 hour segments each day, while the rest of the show will be viewable from within the Million Second Quiz app. It is executive produced by Stephen Lambert, Eli Holzman and David Hurwitz. Ryan Seacrest is to host the upcoming first season.
The quiz is set in a huge hourglass-shaped structure in midtown Manhattan near the entrance to the Lincoln Tunnel on the roof a building which formerly was occupied by the “Mercedes-Benz of Manhattan” dealership in Hell’s Kitchen (an indoor set within the building was also constructed for inclement weather situations). Contestants will compete in a quiz competition played 24 hours a day for 1,000,000 seconds, or about eleven and a half days. Money is made by sitting in the “Money Chair” and answering multiple-choice trivia questions against a series of challengers in head-to-head quiz bouts. Each second in the chair earns the player $10 ($36,000 is earned for every hour spent in the chair while $864,000 is earned for every day spent in the chair, and $10,000,000 is earned for playing a perfect game). How much cash the play has earned shown on the money chair display. Even though the rate is $10/second, players earning actually goes up $1 every 0.1 seconds. The longer a contestant stays in the chair, the more money is credited to them until he/she is defeated by a challenger who replaces them in the chair.
Each bout lasts has a short period of time (300 seconds during prime time). Contestants have only five seconds to answer a question. The contestant who answers more questions correctly wins the bout and either retains the Money Chair or replaces the contestant who was in the Money Chair at the start of the bout. If there is a tie between the two contestants, a tie-breaker question is asked.
During the million seconds, the top four players who have spent the longest time in the Money Chair, and therefore accumulated the largest amounts of money up to that point in the game, will live next to the hourglass in “Winners’ Row”. They will try to survive there until the million seconds are up, but other contestants will displace them if they achieve longer runs in the chair. When the countdown clock hits zero, the four contestants on Winners’ Row who have made it to the end, plus the current occupant of the Money Chair, will cash in their credited winnings and battle it out in a series of knockout bouts for a $2,000,000 additional prize, which means that the overall winner will reportedly take home the largest prize in game show history.
Ambitious idea for a game show. The choice of host was not so ambitious.
This is interesting. I gotta try out for this one………