NBC PRESS RELEASE
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — April 24, 2013 — NBC has ordered “The Million Second Quiz,” a state-of-the-art, electrifying new live competition where contestants test the limits of their knowledge, endurance and will to win as they battle each other in intense bouts of trivia for twelve consecutive days and nights.
The competition, where time equals money, will air in prime time, live from a gigantic hourglass shaped structure in the heart of Manhattan. This hourglass will also serve as the living quarters of the reigning champions – the four players who have remained in the game the longest. They will have the opportunity to play along with the game for up to two weeks as other contestants attempt to unseat them during the prime time show.
The show will be the first fully convergent television experience, where viewers will be able to play along at home in real time and sync to the live prime time broadcast.
“The Million Second Quiz” continues 24 hours a day. Contestants from all across America will be able to engage in the game with an unprecedented level of interactivity and win the chance to appear on the show in prime time.
The NBC affiliates will have the opportunity to interact live throughout the day and during the prime time show to be part of the action and showcase local contestants from their area.
The prime time 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.
The announcement was made by Paul Telegdy, President of Alternative and Late Night Programming, NBC Entertainment. “‘The Million Second Quiz’ is a genre-redefining spectacle.” said Telegdy. “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.”
Episodes will air in prime time this Fall nationwide on NBC.