Ryan Seacrest to Host Million Second Quiz for NBC

Word on the street was that Ryan Seacrest was nearing a deal to host the NBC game show, Million Second Quiz. The complicating factor was Ryan’s insanely busy schedule which includes travelling around the country for American Idol auditions.

The problems were hashed out and now it’s official. Ryan will host the show. Million Second Quiz premieres on September 9. NBC announced the news today.

The show runs almost continuously through the 2nd and third weeks of September, so I’m thinking the judges round of auditions won’t happen until late September or October. The finale airs September 19.

Check out the press release below:

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — August 5, 2013 — Emmy Award-winning producer and host Ryan Seacrest has been tapped as host of NBC’s unique, fast-paced live interactive game show “The Million Second Quiz.” The announcement was made by Paul Telegdy, NBC’s president of alternative and late night programming.

“When people see Ryan Seacrest, whether at the Emmys, the Oscars or New Year’s Eve, he is at the epicenter of national events” said Telegdy. “He is a broadcaster, in all the traditional sense, but also in the most contemporary — he is an accomplished host of live TV and a master of social media and pop culture. This makes him perfect for ‘The Million Second Quiz.’”

“I’m so excited to be hosting this new live game show on NBC, as it’s really a fun and different format that I believe will generate lots of fans across different platforms,” said Ryan Seacrest. “I’m looking forward to working with the other producers and everyone at NBC to make the show a success.”

“The Million Second Quiz” premieres Monday, Sept. 9 (8-9 p.m. ET) and continues through Saturday, Sept. 14 in that same 8 p.m. hour. It will then resume on Monday, Sept. 16 and will air each night (8-9 p.m. ET) until the finale on Thursday, Sept. 19 (8-10 p.m. ET) when the winner will claim the largest guaranteed prize in game show history. “The Million Second Quiz” is produced by All3 Media America, Studio Lambert and Universal Television. Stephen Lambert, Eli Holzman, David A. Hurwitz and Seacrest serve as executive producers.

The concept for the show involves contestants playing head-to-head trivia bouts inside a massive outdoor hourglass-shaped structure in midtown Manhattan and competing non-stop for a million seconds (11 days, 13 hours, 46 minutes and 40 seconds). Each bout consists of one player sitting in the “money chair,” accumulating as much time on the chair as possible by answering trivia questions against a rival sitting in an opposite chair. Each second a player holds the money chair is worth $10, potentially earning millions. Those who want to face off against the person sitting in the money chair can do so by physically coming down to the hourglass or by successfully answering questions online using their mobile devices or home computers.

Seacrest holds preeminent positions in broadcast and cable television, nationally syndicated radio and local radio. He has a groundbreaking agreement with NBCUniversal that includes on-air broadcasting and producing duties across the NBC and E! networks. He is also celebrated internationally as host of the top-rated primetime talent showcase “American Idol” on Fox and also serves as an executive producer and host of “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest” on ABC. On radio, Seacrest is host of “On Air with Ryan Seacrest,” his market-topping #1 nationally syndicated LA morning drive-time show for Clear Channel’s 102.7 KIIS-FM, as well as a nationally-syndicated Top 40 radio show.

Seacrest launched Ryan Seacrest Productions (RSP) in 2006, which has since become an Emmy-winning television production powerhouse creating unscripted, scripted and digital programming. RSP produces the E! hit series “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” and spin-offs “Kourtney and Kim Take Miami” and “Khloe and Lamar.” RSP produces “Married to Jonas,” “The Wanted Life” for E!, “Shahs of Sunset” on Bravo, “Montecito” for A&E, “How I Rock It” for Esquire, and “Superstar Showdown” for Telemundo. RSP is also producing “Mixology,” a new scripted series for ABC, as well as “The Restart Project,” a digital series for AOL. The company also produced the Emmy Award-winning reality series “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution.”

Seacrest is also an entrepreneur, investing in media and entertainment companies: he recently made an investment in Civic Entertainment Group, a marketing services company, as well as in the new cable channel, AXS TV. He also has made investments in startups including Pinterest and FlightCar. His philanthropic efforts are focused on youth-oriented initiatives, including serving as Chairman of The Ryan Seacrest Foundation and Honorary Chair of the Grammy Foundation. Seacrest began in his career in his hometown of Atlanta and currently resides in Los Angeles.

  • girlygirl

    Of course he will, lol

  • Larc

    The first S12 auditions before the judges last year didn’t happen until September 16 & 17 in NYC. Idol shouldn’t have any problem starting them after September 19.

  • yaddabing

    collect dem coins, ryan!!!

  • harvestmoon

    Maybe he’ll use the extra money to buy Simon a good baby shower gift.

  • lola

    Seacrest can do anything and everything all at the same time!

  • lkingcorn

    Understand why he doesn’t have a personal life. How much money and exposure does one person need. I guess game shows are making a comeback. Isn’t Jane Lynch doing one also. One of the reasons old show reruns are so popular. Wonder if this need for constant exposure has a medical name. He will never be Dick Clark just as there will never be another Carson. Oh well…

  • taptap

    Just like some said there would never be another Albert Einstein until Stephen Hawking came along. A whole generation doesn’t have a clue as to who Dick Clark was. This generation may one day say ‘There will never be another Ryan Seacrest.’

    Of course they’ll be wrong. Celebrities last for their generation if they’re lucky. If they’re really lucky they last for 2 or 3. Only the stratospheric ones (like Mozart, Beethoven, Socrates, Alexander the Great, etc.) last longer. Dick Clark, imo, is a 2-3 generation star, which is fantastic, but not never-ending.

  • surpriseleft

    Hawking is not even remotely comparable to Einstein.

  • taptap

    The point remains, everything builds on what came before.

  • Larc

    The most memorable people are originals, not another anybody. Originals are usually remembered long after those who were later said to be comparable to them are dead, buried and forgotten.

  • taptap

    well that’s certainly not going to be Dick Clark – imo. Jesus Christ, Mohammed, Abraham, yes. Dick Clark no.

  • Sassycatz

    Damn right! I was just going to say … what?!

  • taptap

    String theory has advanced physics in many, many ways. Stephen Hawking ftw o/

  • Sassycatz

    I’ll let my employers know. Maybe they’ll replace the statue.

  • taptap

    Oh, well if your employer has an actualfax statue…

  • surpriseleft

    String theory has been a complete flop as a physical theory, and Hawking had nothing to do with its development.

  • taptap

    Um, no, that’s not true:

    ‘Many theoretical physicists (among them Stephen Hawking, Edward Witten, and Juan Maldacena) believe that string theory is a step towards the correct fundamental description of nature. This is because string theory allows for the consistent combination of quantum field theory and general relativity, agrees with general insights in quantum gravity such as the holographic principle and black hole thermodynamics, and because it has passed many non-trivial checks of its internal consistency. According to Hawking in particular, “M-theory is the only candidate for a complete theory of the universe.”[3]‘

    But to bring it back to the original topic, does this mean you think Dick Clark will be remembered long after his competitors are dead and buried?

    Because Ryan Seacrest stands a chance of living another 5-6 decades, and I very much doubt, given the technology shift from when DC started, where we are now, and where we’re headed, that anyone living then will remember American Bandstand or anything else like that.

  • taptap

    And they could also replace their statue of Plato with Socrates, since Socrates was the original, teacher of Plato, thereby making Plato unimportant. No other philosophers but Socrates count tyvm.

    cwidt