NBC is giving new game show "Minute to Win It" 120 minutes to lure viewers.
The network Tuesday said it will expand the already announced Sunday, March 14 premiere of "Minute" to two hours. Instead of airing from 8-9 p.m. that night, it will now run from 7-9 p.m. (with "The Celebrity Apprentice" staying put at 9 p.m.)
Airing unscripted shows as two-hour blocks has become increasingly common at the networks, with NBC’s "Apprentice" and "Biggest Loser," along with ABC’s "The Bachelor" all now regularly running supersized editions.
In the case of "Minute," NBC has been playing up the family-friendly nature of the show, making the 7 p.m. start time logical. It was also easy to replace a "Dateline" episode normally scheduled at 7 p.m.
Meanwhile, NBC has also revealed some of the games to be played in the first episode of the show — encouraging viewers to play along at home:
HANKY PANKY – Using only one hand, the competitor must pull tissues out of a tissue box one-at-a-time until the box is empty.
JUNK IN THE TRUNK – A belt with an empty tissue box is attached around the competitor’s waist and positioned against the contestant’s back with the hole facing outwards. Ping-pong balls are placed inside the tissue box and the competitor must jump and wiggle to shake the balls out of the box without letting his hands touch the ground. All balls must be out of the box within the minute time limit to successfully complete the challenge.
EGG ROLL – Contestant must move three eggs across the floor and into a target area only by “fanning” the eggs with an empty pizza box.
BOBBLE HEAD – A pedometer is attached to the competitor’s head and he must move his head to rack up a total number of steps to complete the game.
MOVIN’ ON UP – Contestant is given a stack of 49 blue plastic cups with a red cup on the bottom. He must race to move the one red cup to the top by holding the stack and continuously moving the cups, one-by-one, from the top to the bottom through the entire stack.