The WB’s hybrid Studio 7 debuts tonight.

The WB’s hybrid Studio 7 debuts tonight.
The WB has enlisted Who Wants to be a Millionaire creator Michael Davies to produce a series that combines a studio game show and elements of other reality series. The result is Studio 7, which debuts tonight at 8 p.m. ET. That’s not to be confused with Series 7, the satirical film that portrayed a reality TV game show where contestants tried to kill each other. This series takes the non-killing route and looks to find out “[w]hat happens when you mix the reality and game show genres and produce a quiz show presented from the contestant’s point of view?” Seven contestants will compete against each other as they answer questions and then head home to live together for a week in a New York City loft. According to USA TODAY, “The winner gets $77,000; winners from the first seven shows will play for $777,000 in the eighth.” The New York Times Virginia Heffernan reviews the series and says “this noir quiz show is labored and boring,” while The Hollywood Reporter says it “is too smug for its own good–but it has some intriguing intelligence to it.”

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