The Million Second Quiz: Time Worth Spending?

The Million Second Quiz Series PremiereThe Million Second Quiz started ticking Monday at 8/7c on NBC, begging the inevitable question: Is the live game show’s get-rich-quick premise money in the bank?

American Idol’s Ryan Seacrest hosts the competition, in which contestants answer simple trivia questions while sitting in the “Money Chair.” Each second a player remains in the chair equals $10; therefore, the longer that correct answers keep your tush in the seat, the more riches you’ll amass.

The potential for Scrooge McDuck levels of wealth is high. $10 a second means a possible $36,000 each hour… and $864,000 for an entire day.

The whole competition unfolds over a million seconds — or 12 consecutive days and nights. Once a player is defeated by a challenger, the challenger assumes the seat and starts earning prize money. Those who’ve accumulated the most cash hang out in “Winners’ Row,” a cushy area (complete with pod-like beds!) where they hope not to be displaced by those who’ve achieved longer runs in the Money Chair.

When the million seconds are up, those who’ve stuck it out to the end cash in their winnings and battle for the grand prize — which the show touts as the largest in game-show history.

The general trivia questions have a scope and form similar to those on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire… but they’re far more timely, and the show moves a jillion times faster. NBC personalities, such as Voice coach Blake Shelton and America’s Got Talent judge Heidi Klum, pose questions via tape. And Quiz‘s set — a giant, open-air hourglass built atop a New York roof — heightens the game’s drama.

Quiz airs nightly at 8 pm through this Saturday, then picks up again next Monday through Wednesday, culminating with its two-hour finale on Thursday, Sept. 19 at 8 pm.

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