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NBC’s Million Second Quiz, a show which has sucked some of the oxygen out of the American game show room the last month or so, has been building a serious set on the west side of Manhattan. I’ll head down there later this afternoon to take a look myself (they had an impromptu tryout yesterday; if you went, I’d love to hear how it went), but until then, to help you visualize it on a map, here you go. If you want to hang out with Ryan Seacrest, that’s where he’ll be spending his evenings for a stretch starting next week.
There’s not a lot else at 41st & 11th, except for a couple of small theaters, some gently douchey nightclubs and the Javits Center (finding cabs to & from the location is relatively easy), and if they’re building it high enough they should have a nice view across the Hudson River. I suspect they’ll take advantage of that on the live show.
Million Second Quiz premieres September 9, exactly one week from tonight, on NBC. I suspect we’ll be talking more about it as things move forward.
(via Paul Bailey & his friends at ESRI)
This will be the second-most stirring speech you’ll hear this week, and only because this one has been back in the news of late.
Probable future Hall of Famer Ed Toutant stepped far out of what I thought was his comfort zone and gave a speech that blew away the assembled congregation late on Friday night at TCONA3, nominating Fred L. Worth, the writer of the very first Trivia Encyclopedia, to the Trivia Hall Of Fame. Trivia and quizzing may have existed before Worth, but his book democratized it in a way that hadn’t been seen before, and Toutant breaks it down in amazing detail.
Worth’s nomination was confirmed on Sunday, and we really hope he’ll come and speak at TCONA4 next August. (Fred, if you’re reading this: congratulations. You’re full value for this.)
This is far from exhaustive, but as I find (or am made aware of) links, I’ll add them to the list here (newest additions first). If you have a photo gallery, some video footage, a blog post or anything else about TCONA3, shoot me a link.)
- First up, here’s an excellent and detailed breakdown of what actually happened over the weekend, from 5-time Jeopardy Champion Michael Rankins.
- A large gallery of mainspace events (including Knodgeball and the Chase Panels) (Paul B, G+)
- The medal presentations on Sunday morning (Paul B, G+)
- Video of the first round of Smartypants (Eric Panchenko, Youtube)
- A photo gallery of the Game Show Play-A-Long (Joe Van Ginkel, FB Photo Gallery)
- Video of the conversation I had with the Chase USA Producer, Bob Boden (Todd Gross, FB Video)
- The Quiz Bowl Final, in pieces: Parts One, Two, Three, Four, and Five. (Todd Gross, FB Video)
- Knodgeball in action: One, Two (& Two again, from the opposite angle).