The Meg is Closer to ‘Jaws’ Than ‘Sharknado’

MOVIE REVIEW When Steven Spielberg’s Jaws opened in theaters in 1975, it took the world by storm. Not only was the movie hugely popular as it was genuinely scary, it actually affected society in a strange way. Audiences began to have an irrational fear of sharks even when swimming at a lake. When Jaws 2 came to theaters three years later, everyone knew the catchphrase, “Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water…” Since then, it’s been hard for movie studios to be able to drum up the same excitement with their own Jaws knock-offs. Shark movies became a joke. Even Jaws 3 and Jaws: The Revenge were met with disdain (and with good reason). But sharks are still a popular subject, just not one that we take very seriously anymore.
This brings us to next big shark movie, The Meg which judging from the trailers alone, looks like another campy knock-off movie and while it indeed is campy, it isn’t as much as you would think. When comparing movies, The Meg is closer to Jaws tha…

NBC’s ‘Million Second Quiz’ Kicks Off Tonight

Rashid Nixon, from the Bronx, and Jeannie Spuhler, from Long Island, become the
 first players in "The Million Second Quiz" as the million second countdown begins.
Photo: NBC

Tonight is the night that America will finally get to what NBC’s “The Million Second Quiz” is all about and if it will be worth all the hype we’ve been suffering through all the commercial breaks on “America’s Got Talent.”

Hosted by Ryan Seacrest (and really, what show isn’t these days?), “The Million Second Quiz” is banking on a similar success to another TV sesation, “Who Wants to be a Millionaire,” which is still popular in syndication. The show will be shown for 12 consecutive days and nights starting tonight at 8:00 p.m.

NBC states that this will be the first “fully convergent television experience” where not only do people can play along from home, they are actually consider contestants and each will be given the chance to be chosen live on air as a contestant for the following night’s primetime show. As of this morning, the game show has over 692,000 players (who have played online) through over 13,117,900 games but with only about 29% of them qualifying for the actual show. This is crazy stuff.

The commercials for the game show are confusing, so let’s see if the official website makes it any clearer:
“The competition, where time equals money, will air in primetime, LIVE from a three-story hourglass-shaped structure in the heart of Manhattan. Money is accumulated by sitting in the ‘Money Chair’ and answering trivia questions against a rival. For each second a player remains in the chair the money meter will add $10 to the total. The longer a contestant stays in the chair, the more money is added until he/she is defeated by a challenger. During the million seconds the top four players who have accumulated the largest amounts of money up to that point in the game will live next to the hourglass in ‘Winners' Row’ and try to survive there until the million seconds are up. Other contestants will displace them if they achieve longer runs in the money chair. When the countdown clock hits zero only the final few contestants who have made it to the end cash in their winnings and battle it out for the grand prize.”
Obviously, this is not an in inexpensive venture for the peacock network and will no doubt be used to help promote its fall lineup in hopes of raising its ratings. It’s only real competition is ABC’s “Shark Tank Week” promotion being presented at the same time.

For complete information about the “Quiz”, click here and if you win, remember who told you about it! 


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