A Guide To Tonight's Premiere

It's official. Ryan Seacrest has cloned himself. How else would he have the time, given his other numerous obligations, to host network TV's most aggressive and ambitious game show, The Million Second Quiz? That's just one of a million questions this show inspires. Here's a quick rundown.

Ryan Seacrest Million Second Quiz

1

Just, why?

As near as we can gather, The Million Second Quiz was developed to aggressively breathe life into the largely floundering genre of game shows. Ryan Seacrest told The Hollywood Reporter, "I hope this… moves the ball in terms of the way that game shows are done. It's certainly a hybrid of a sport and game, and our hope is that this is something that's innovative and pushes the envelope a little bit."

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2

It's live

For the first time since the '60s, this game show will run live. Unlike shows from the '60s, it will run live for 1 million (it's more fun if you say "million" like Dr. Evil in Austin Powers) seconds (11 days, 13 hours, 46 minutes and 40 seconds.) It will air every night, starting tonight through Sept. 19.

The Million Second Quiz the money chair

3

It has cool furniture

It has a "Money Chair" that generates $10 per second spent in the chair. Where does a girl find one of those? (I sit in my office chair a lot, but it's not earning $10 per second.) Minimum earnings for the show is $2 million, and if a contestant were able to stay in the Money Chair for the duration, his or her earnings would be $10 million. NBC boasts that this will be the biggest guaranteed pot of money in game show history.

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4

It's confusing

This is the first completely interactive game show where the public can download an app and play along in hopes of being flown to New York City to become a contestant. I read half a dozen articles about this show, (including the network's) and I don't fully grasp the concept. If I were a betting gal, I would wager that because the game is completely interactive, just enough intriguing but slightly ambiguous information has been provided to goad us into watching. (Which is effective. Even though I suck at trivia, I'll be watching just to make sense of it all.)

The Million Second quiz set

5

When will people eat, sleep and use the restroom?

Winners' Row consists of the game's four leaders who earn the right to eat and sleep, all next to the three-story, hourglass tower built atop the Mercedes-Benz dealership in midtown Manhattan. (Much is being made of this set, so we are assuming Mercedes-Benz is kicking in on the cash prize.)

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Jean smith September 17, 2013 | 6:26 PM

Good idea. Too much irrelevant stuff. I have no idea why anyone would stress out answering questions, being told they've earned x amount of money in the "chair", and then leave with nothing. Does anyone really know the rules?

Sandra G September 13, 2013 | 7:23 AM

Confusing rules. People that have a real life with a real job can't just up and "Oh, I'm going to New York for 14 days to play some game" and then - who wants to live in an hour glass and who wants to be told, "Um, no, you can't go potty now since you are in the money chair for 6 hours". No clear rules. Sorry. I think the ratings will fall once real people get it that real people that have real jobs can't just go whenever. And please. Samantha Steiner, don't post again. You posted 5 of the same message.

Samantha Steiner September 10, 2013 | 5:43 PM

What’s it like to have all eyes of the world on you? One can only begin to imagine. Well, that has become reality for contestants, Leigh, Teresa, Carolyn, Roger, Jason, John, Wayne, Dan, Andrew, CJ, and Brandon, on “The Million Second Quiz” on NBC, alongside a few other of the day's biggest winners, who are earning fast money, just by answering easy, up to date, quiz like questions, both online in the comfort of their own homes and while on the go, as well as on live, national TV, in the heart of New York City. Not too shabby, right? In fact, this show could make history, as host Ryan Seacrest, grants a once in a lifetime opportunity to everyday people, in earning the chance to win the biggest jackpot in game show history. Talk about pressure! No big deal. Put 400 seconds on the clock, as the contestants go head to head in a 'bout,' to defend their winnings. That's where "Winner's Row" comes into play, as 'MSQ App' winners and line jumpers have the equal opportunity to take the same quiz, in hopes of bumping their fellow contestants, for a chance to appear in the 'money chair,' inside the 'hourglass.' And what's the key to keeping it cool? According to Brandon, playing with a poker face. Well said, indeed! Until next time...

Robert September 10, 2013 | 10:53 AM

What an ABSOLUTE waste of an hour of my time. Way too confusing rules. No clear explanation of how the game works. Way too much yakking about everything else but the actual question and answers. Way too much background about crap I didn't care about (how contestants sleep on set, etc.) Won't be tuning in again.

Jean September 09, 2013 | 10:34 PM

I was never able to get the app to work. At one point, I believe I was actually logged on ( after show was over) but I couldn't make a random connection to play a game. Very frustrating!! Certainly would like to know what magic is needed to play.

Christiana September 09, 2013 | 9:09 PM

Pretty good idea; pity the reality didn't live up to the hype. If you tried to sync with the programme you were out of luck due to 'Server error'. Gave up trying and watched Shark Tank - much more fun.

Kelly September 09, 2013 | 7:02 PM

The APP is horrible!! It doesn't work on my Mac computer or my samsung S4..

Samantha Steiner September 09, 2013 | 6:08 PM

What’s it like to have all eyes of the world on you? One can only begin to imagine. Well, that has become reality for contestants, Leigh, Teresa, Carolyn, and Brandon, on “The Million Second Quiz” on NBC, alongside a few other big winners, who are earning fast money, just by answering easy, up to date, quiz like questions, both online in the comfort of their own homes and while on the go, as well as on live, national TV, in the heart of New York City. Not too shabby, right? In fact, this show could make history, as host Ryan Seacrest, grants a once in a lifetime opportunity to everyday people, in earning the chance to win the biggest jackpot in game show history. Talk about pressure! No big deal. Put 400 seconds on the clock, as the contestants go head to head in a 'bout,' to defend their winnings. That's where "Winner's Row" comes into play, as 'MSQ App' winners and line jumpers have the equal opportunity to take the same quiz, in hopes of bumping their fellow contestants, for a chance to appear in the 'money chair,' inside the 'hourglass.' And what's the key to keeping it cool? According to Brandon, playing with a poker face. Well said, indeed! Until next time...

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