12:45pm PT by Michael O'Connell
ABC Renews Burnett-Darnell Game Show '500 Questions'
The summer of game shows was not without some success. ABC's 500 Questions, produced by reality juggernauts Mark Burnett and Mike Darnell, has earned a second season.
Produced by Burnett's United Artists Media Group in association with Darnell's Warner Horizon Television, the spin on the classic quiz show pitted the super-smart against one another in a grueling attempt to answer ... 500 questions.
Billed as an event series, the show average lifted ABC's Thursday lineup — and, aside from Celebrity Family Feud, was one of the few summer unscripted entries to get traction with viewers.
“When we created 500 Questions, our hope was to bring the event game show back to primetime," said Darnell. "Thanks to ABC, we had a great summer run and achieved that goal. We are excited that the show is coming back for a second season.” Burnett added: “I am so glad we are back; I love this game show event. To win, these geniuses need both brains and endurance as they tackle television’s toughest questions.”
Hosted by CNN personality Richard Quest, 500 Questions will return in 2016.