Mark Burnett, Former Idol Guru Team for 500 Questions Game Show at ABC

Mike Darnell is about to pop the question at ABC — 500 of ’em, to be exact.

The former Fox reality chief, who now serves as president of unscripted and alternative TV at Warner Bros., is teaming up with megaproducer Mark Burnett (Survivor, The Voice) for the game show 500 Questions — which has scored a direct-to-series order at ABC.

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The network describes the event series as a “genius game show” that will “test the smarts — and nerve — of contestants in a pressure-packed, incredibly intense environment.”

Burnett teased in a release that 500 Questions will “combine what audiences love about serialized unscripted hits with a huge game show event. It has ongoing characters and huge stakes.”

500 Questions, which ABC noted is a working title, is scheduled to air in 2015.

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Burnett and Darnell previously worked together when the former produced Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader? during the latter’s Fox tenure.

Are you intrigued by 500 Questions? How likely are you to tune in? Sound off below!

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  1. If the idea is anyone who gets a question wrong is eliminated, and 90% are eliminated by the 3rd question, they’re in trouble. If there’s only one player at a time until they get one wrong & a new contestant start, why watch the first 400 questions?

    Its success will depend on the details of the gameplay.

  2. BrittBrat says:

    I don’t know about this!

  3. Patti Galvin says:

    I watched this show from start to finish. Loved it! It is ABC’s answer to Jeopardy. I am 80 and it makes me challenge myself to see how many questions I can answer. Can’t wait for it to return.