Professional Ken doll Ryan Seacrest has officially signed on to host NBC's upcoming event-reality-gameshow mash-up, 'The Million Second Quiz.'
Seacrest has been hosting television since 1993, including a version of 'American Gladiators,' along with his current gigs 'On Air with Ryan Seacrest' and the mega-popular 'American Idol.' It's a darn good thing that NBC managed to close the deal with this host-extraordinaire, as 'The Million Second Quiz'--a twelve-day-straight television event series--is slated to debut in just over a month's time.
The quiz is a reality competition that will span twelve days (or, a million seconds, get it?) and will air nightly in primetime with live broadcasts. The competition combines a trivia quiz with endurance contests, as contestants will be required to play over the full twelve-day span, pausing strategically to eat and sleep. Created by Stephen Lambert, the man behind the wildly-successful 'Undercover Boss,' 'The Million Second Quiz' will feature the sort of everyday primetime coverage usually reserved for events like the Olympics. A gigantic hourglass housing structure will be built in Manhattan--this will serve as a timer for the event itself as well as a place for the top four contestants to live and compete--with see-through walls. Contestants will be visible from the street, living in a sort of human zoo as they continue to compete for the final prize. As NBC describes it, "the four players who have remained in the game the longest at any time serve as reigning champions and get to live in the hourglass. To avoid being unseated in the primetime show where one of the reigning champions gets challenged, the four must continue to play 24 hours a day, taking strategic breaks to rest and sleep."
'The Million Second Quiz' premieres Monday, Sept. 9 and continues through Saturday, Sept. 14. It will then resume on Monday, Sept. 16 and will air each night until the finale on Thursday, Sept. 19. Oh, and: contestants will be playing for the largest cash-payout in gameshow history. The winner of 'The Million Second Quiz' will walk away with ten million dollars. I'm going to type that numerically, so we may marvel at the zeroes together: $10,000,000 USD.
And it gets even better: viewers at home will be able to play along with the contestants in real time, with the opportunity to be flown to New York City to appear on the show. In what NBC is hailing as "the first fully convergent television experience," viewers at home will have the special opportunity to become on-air contestants, each and every episode.
Will you be tuning in to the circus that is 'The Million Second Quiz'?