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'Million Second Quiz': An NBC exec explains the net's Orwellian reality experiment

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When word broke last week that NBC had ordered a new reality game show featuring 24/7 competition, a possible $10 million dollar cash prize, and — oh yeah — live broadcasts for 12 consecutive days from “a gigantic hourglass shaped structure in the heart of Manhattan,” where the game’s champions will also live for the duration of the contest, the news was greeted with a collective “Huh?” The Million Second Quiz, frankly, sounded more like a ludicrous, Truman Show-inspired reality show parody than an actual event that will air on network TV this fall.

But according to Paul Telegdy, NBC’s president of alternative and late night programming, the show is actually “mind-blowingly simple when you really lay it out.” And perhaps more importantly, Telegdy swears that The Million Second Quiz will feel more current than the vast majority of today’s popular reality shows — nearly all of which were created before online video and social media had come into wide use. (The exception to that rule? The Voice, “which, lucky enough, is on NBC.”)

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NBC orders 'genre-redefining' 'Million Second Quiz' reality show

The Voice is hitting notes, Ready for Love is out, and NBC has ordered its next reality show: The Million Second Quiz.

The Quiz is a 12-day, 24/7 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,” according to a press release. The show will air in primetime from an hourglass-shaped structure in which contestants will also live.

NBC is calling it “the first fully convergent television experience,” both because local station affiliates will be able to interact live throughout the day and because viewers at home will be able to play the game — and so maybe earn a spot on the show.

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