Ryan Seacrest is set to host another show, NBC’s new game The Million Second Quiz, he will also act as an executive producer on the new project. The show will put contestants’ trivia knowledge to the test for one million seconds at $10 per second. Set to broadcast from within a giant hourglass outside the Rockefeller Center in New York City, the show will air nightly from Sept. 9 to Sept. 19.
According to the show’s website:
Contestants test the limits of their knowledge, nerves and endurance as they battle each other in intense head-to-head bouts of trivia for 12 consecutive days and nights. When the million seconds draw to a close, the champions will compete in a grand finale - and the ultimate winner will claim the largest prize in game show history.
Money is made by sitting in the Money Chair and answering trivia questions against a rival. For each second a player remains in the chair, he or she will earn $10. The longer a contestant stays in the chair, the more money is made until he or she is defeated by a challenger. During the million seconds, the top four players who have accumulated the largest amounts of money up to that point in the game will live next to the hourglass in Winners’ Row and try to survive there until the million seconds are up. Other contestants will displace them if they achieve longer runs in the Money Chair. When the countdown clock hits zero, the four contestants who have made it to the end, plus the final occupier of the Money Chair, cash in their winnings and battle it out for the grand prize!
A nationwide casting call was held out for would-be contestants of the show; and a slew of people lined up in Philadelphia to apply. However, the show will be a fully convergent television experience, where viewers from all across America can play along in sync with the game during primetime, and get a chance to be chosen live on-air as a contestant for the following night’s primetime show.