ABC Greenlights Return of Prime-Time Event Series

Oct 2, 2015  •  Post A Comment

ABC has renewed a program that aired as an event series this year. Season two of “500 Questions” got the green light for a 2016 debut.

The first round of the game show, which comes from reality veterans Mark Burnett and Mike Darnell, aired over seven nights back in May, pulling about 5.23 million viewers on its biggest night, Monday, May 25. The show’s low was an audience of about 4.03 million on Friday, May 22.

The series is produced by United Artists Media Group in association with Warner Horizon Television.

Said Darnell: “When we created ‘500 Questions,’ our hope was to bring the event game show back to prime time. Thanks to ABC, we had a great summer run and achieved that goal. We are excited that the show is coming back for a second season.”

The program “challenges the smartest people in the country to achieve the seemingly impossible task of answering 500 of the most difficult general knowledge questions ever devised,” the network’s announcement says. “There’s only one simple rule: never get three wrong in a row — or you’re gone. No saves, no helps, no multiple choice, ‘500 Questions’ keeps you on the edge of your seat to see if any of these geniuses can do it. It is the ultimate test, where intellect, strategy and stamina are all equally essential in order to win.”

Burnett and Phil Parsons are the executive producers, with Ed Egan on board as co-executive producer.

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  1. Hahahahahaha!!!! Most mind-numbingly boring tv show in the history of television. This renewal is another sign of how far broadcast TV has fallen. Lmao.

  2. Thank you for renewing this intelligent quiz show. There is so many
    empty headed programs available that it is refreshing to have a
    bright spot appearing from the sludge.

  3. Happy to see this coming back. It made “Jeopardy” seem like child’s play. A very entertaining, challenging show.

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