>> Fox orders game show 'Million Dollar Money Drop'

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

 Fox has ordered a new game show that gives every contestant a million bucks.

Then slowly takes it away.

The network has greenlighted Million Dollar Money Drop from Deal or No Deal producers Endemol.

The setup: Two contestants are given $1 million in cash and work as a team to answer seven quiz questions. During each round, they must risk a portion of their money -- either all on one answer if they're confident, or spread the betting across multiple answers to try and play it safe. Any money bet on wrong answers disappears through the "money drop." After the seven questions, the contestants get to keep the money -- if there's any left.

Kevin Pollak (A Few Good Men, The Usual Suspects) will host.

Fox has some of the biggest reality titles on TV (American Idol, Hell's Kitchen, So You Think You Can Dance), but tends to be selective about launching new unscripted series. The broadcaster launched only one new reality title in 2010: Gordon Ramsay's summer cooking series Masterchef, which was successful enough to score a second season.

Quiz shows can be a tough nut to crack on broadcast but can pay off handsomely when they work. In decades past they packed primetime. In recent years only an occasional title has caught fire. Who Wants to be a Millionaire burned bright for ABC starting in 1998. Endemol's own Deal or No Deal ran for years on NBC starting in 2007. That same year, Fox had success with quiz show Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader.

Jeff Apploff (Don’t Forget The Lyrics!) is executive producer, and Garry Bormet and Jack Martin serve as co-executive producers. Million Dollar Money Drop premieres Dec. 20 at 8 p.m. and will air for four consecutive nights during the holiday week.

Show: Million Dollar Money Drop

Genre: Reality

Starring: Kevin Pollack

Network: Fox

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