Wednesday afternoon, NBC announced that they have ordered a groundbreaking series that will test contestant limits of knowledge, and endurance as they battle it out for 12 straight days of trivia. The competition will air LIVE in primetime and will broadcast from a gigantic hourglass shaped structure in the heart of Manhattan. The hourglass will not only serve as the trivia stage, but will also house the four contestants that have lasted longest in the competition. These champs will then have the opportunity play along with new contestants for up to two weeks, as the newbies try to dethrone the pros.
Viewers will also be able to play along at home in real time and sync with the primetime telecast. “The Million Second Quiz” will play out 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. NBC affiliates will have the option to channel in on the action during the day, while coverage will take place during primetime hours on the network. The show will feature nail-biting game play and a David vs. Goliath challenge to one of the reigning champions. When the million seconds draw to a close, the champions will battle it out and the ultimate winner could claim an unprecedented cash prize of up to $10 million.
Paul Telegdy, Pres of Alternative and Late Night Programming at the Peacock, said in a statement today
“’The Million Second Quiz’ is a genre-redefining spectacle. 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.”
In other NBC news, the network has announced, in a surprising move, that “Smash” will actually air its (likely series) finale on a Sunday! A two-hour finale has been scheduled for May 26 at 9/8c, as the finale titled “The Tonys” will – you guessed it – feature both Hit List and Bombshell at the Tonys! “Smash” was a promising show, but with rapidly declining viewership and bouts of “hate watching,” the show was relegated to Saturdays at the beginning of April.