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NBC's New Quiz Show Turns Viewers Into Contestants

Beginning Monday, Sept. 9 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC, contestants test the limits of their knowledge, endurance and will to win as they battle each other in intense bouts of trivia for 12 consecutive days and nights in pursuit of the largest prize in game show history.

Hosted by Emmy winner Ryan Seacrest, The Million Second Quiz will be the first fully convergent television experience where fans at home can play along answering the very same questions that contestants on the show are asked in sync with each night’s broadcast. Fans can then compare how they fare against those in the show in addition to earning bonus points.  

Live from a gigantic hourglass shaped structure in the heart of Manhattan, this setting will also serve as the living quarters of the reigning champions – the four players who have remained in the game the longest. 

Stephen Lambert, Eli Holzman and David A. Hurwitz serve as executive producers. The Million Second Quiz is produced by All3 Media America, Studio Lambert and Universal Television.

In advance of the Sept. 9 premiere, NBC has already launched The Million Second Quiz app, a gateway for players hoping to come to New York City to play the game live. It is available to download and play from the App Store, and the competition is already heating up.

"Fans now have the opportunity to test their pop culture knowledge with the trivia game featured on NBC’s new ‘The Million Second Quiz’ app," said Seacrest. "If you earn enough points, you’ll be eligible to be a ‘Line Jumper,’ giving you the chance to compete on live TV in NYC this September."

The app is a head-to-head quiz game you can play in real time by inviting your friends via social media or allowing the app to match you with available players from across the country. Players who accumulate enough points will qualify for a chance to appear on the show as a "Line Jumper" once the show kicks off in primetime on Sept. 9.  Line Jumpers will be surprised with a knock on their door or even a surprise visit away from home and then flown overnight to New York to play the game live and have the chance to unseat the player who’s currently in the "Money Chair." The app consists of 10-question bouts relating to pop culture, history and general knowledge. 

The game is playable on the official The Million Second Quiz show website on NBC.com and on the show's Facebook page. The Million Second Quiz app is available for free from the App Store on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch or here.  The app will be available on Android soon. Users can sign in through their Facebook, Twitter, and G+ platforms, or by using an email address. Potential contestants can also visit the show venue in New York to play along with the game and try to qualify for selection into the competition.  

The show competition takes place 24 hours a day over the course of 12 days. Contestants will be pushed to the limits of their knowledge and the breaking point of endurance as they compete in quiz bouts around the clock.

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).  In between the broadcasts, the fans can watch the competition continue via a live stream on NBC or in the apps.

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