A high-profile new NBC prime-time show for fall has named its host. The New York Times reports that the network named Ryan Seacrest as host of “The Million Second Quiz.”
Seacrest was widely expected to get the job with the show, which will air nightly for two weeks of the network’s schedule in September. Seacrest already hosts "American Idol" on Fox and “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” every year on ABC, along with a daily Clear Channel radio show.
The deal was announced after weeks of negotiations between NBC and Seacrest, with the host needing to ensure that the job wouldn’t interfere with his other commitments. Seacrest will work from New York while "Quiz" is on the air, instead of his normal base in Los Angeles.
The show, a 60-minute trivia contest, will feature players inside an hourglass-shaped structure in Midtown Manhattan. It is scheduled to debut Sept. 9 and run through Sept. 19, with one night off while "Sunday Night Football" is on the air.
The story adds: "The arrangement is unusual, since networks typically do not like to share talent; the fact that it came together is a testament to Mr. Seacrest’s broad appeal. He will be an executive producer of the ‘Quiz’ as well as its host. On Twitter on Monday he called it an ‘insane concept’: ‘The game will take one million seconds to finish…12 days, unknown bathroom breaks.’"