Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Construction project

The picture reminds me vaguely of the construction workers on History's Modern Marvels. Those two guys in front look familiar.

Okay, they're actually building the hourglass for Million Second Quiz. The thing's going up on the rooftop of an abandoned Manhattan car dealership. Kind of a neat picture. Who knew that a little old game show could set off major construction in New York City?

The linked story has more details of the gameplay. We even get some stats: 25,000 questions, 800 to 1,000 participants, 600,000 watts of power for the hourglass set, and 4.5 million "bouts" already played online with the show's tablet app.

And the most important stat of all: two million bucks to the big winner on the show's September 19 finale. Showrunner David Hurwitz modestly allows: "If things play out the way we hope things play out, we could be changing the course of television." Gee, is that all? I never knew trivia questions had such power. We'll see if things play out in a good way starting September 9.


  1. Any producer who sets out to change the course of television is not only destined to fail, but has no idea what he's doing. I thought this was going to be a flop to begin with, but when you set your sights that high, there's no way this can be anything but a failure. It's a GAME SHOW!

  2. I doubt that the Nielsen Company cares what some producer says. The show is hardly destined for either failure or success. If the show gets numbers, it'll stick around. If it doesn't, it won't. And a producer's comments won't mean squat either way.

  3. You love to be argumentative, don't you. Neilsen doesn't measure producer comments. It measures numbers of viewers. My point is that a producer who thinks his game show is going to change history is focusing on the wrong thing. It's about producing a good game, but the comment shows me the arrogance and misunderstanding that has meant failure after failure for many games on television. Rather than attack anyone who says anything, consider engaging in intelligent discussion and dialogue.

  4. Sorry, nothing personal, but a counsel of sweetness and light from you is really pretty funny. I'm not attacking anybody, of course. I'm just pointing out the obvious - that Nielsen's numbers will determine the show's fate, and those numbers have nothing to do with any showrunner's comments. You like to fight, so I guess you consider this statement of the glaringly obvious some kind of attack.

    The producers' comments are just routine bluster, of course. I made a little fun of them, but I attach zero significance to the remarks. Frankly, I think you're rally stretching to see a harbinger of future failure in such run-of-the-mill puffery.

  5. Oops, meant to see "really stretching." "Rally stretching" sounds like some kind of weird sport.