‘Jeopardy!’ champ Ken Jennings receives, loses ‘Million Second Quiz’ invitation

The latest -What a disaster of a past few days or so for “The Million Second Quiz.” In watching the show, you get a pretty intense game show that has some very good ideas, but occasionally falters by making the program much more confusing than it needs to be.

In addition to that, the casting process for this show has also been a pretty awful quagmire for some unknown reason. Basically, you have contestants facing confusion as to how they are to get to New York, and then more confusion as to whether or not you really win money unless you make it to a certain point in the competition. The excitement for the online game has leveled off in many ways, mostly because it has become more obvious that this is a game that really only rewards the few rather than the many. Therefore, it’s a little bit different than “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” or some of the others out there.

Just to add to the insanity, we also have the news now that former “Jeopardy!” champion Ken Jennings was asked to be on the show, but then an offer sent his way was then partially rescinded. The quiz master said the following on the subject on his blog, explaining that he was ready to appear until he learned that he would have to pay his own way to New York:

“I couldn’t say no. I love game shows, even imperfect ones. I sent in some paperwork and had a plane ticket in my inbox by the time I sat down to brunch with my family. But an hour later, as the server was clearing our plates, my phone rang again. It was casting. There had been a ‘miscommunication.’ The network, for unspecified reasons, was not willing to fly ‘trivia champions’ in for the show. I couldn’t imagine why not, as they’ve been flying in suspiciously telegenic ‘Line Jumpers’ of many other descriptions. But evidently not me. I could fly myself to New York if I like, they said. I wouldn’t even have to wait in line.”

In the end, it’s probably a good thing that Jennings is not going to be on the show, mostly because he would annihilate anyone and the show would just be riding on “Jeopardy’s” coattails. Our confusion is to why they reached out to him in the first place.

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