He replaces Grant Denyer who quit to spend more time with his family.
Reeve says the show echoes both Pick a Box and Sale of the Century.
“Good quiz shows are a staple of Australian television going a very long way back. Sadly I’m old enough to remember watching Pick a Box as a kid! What I really like about Million Dollar Minute is that it there is a nod to that great tradition. Bob Dyer and Tony Barber are not names my kids are familiar with, but Bob and Tony are, in their own way, giants of TV history in this country. Within Million Dollar Minute can be found small traces of DNA belonging to those great shows… hell, maybe even bits of the set!” he says.
“Quiz show formats are an interesting beast. They have to be simple to follow – provide an element of risk, reward and of course drama. Above all, as a viewer you try to see yourself in the position of the contestant. How would you cope with the pressure, what decision would you do make under those circumstances? It’s old fashioned entertainment and Million Dollar Minute does a super job of combining all those elements in the right proportion.”
The show now has a new “safe level” of $75,000 for the final round, as a minimum prize should contestants punt for the top prize.
It also reunites him with Seven’s Head of Light Entertainment.
“It’s also a real pleasure to link up again with one of the very good people of TV in this country, Grant Rule. Grant and I worked together on a show called Quizmaster for Seven about 10 years ago. Big bucks, hard questions and big egos … and not just mine! He has a passion and a fascination for this unique type of tv and his enthusiasm for Million Dollar Minute is infectious.
“It’s Academic is wonderful for very different reasons – but it’s amazing to see someone have a crack at a hundred thousand dollars plus with just a few general knowledge questions.”
Million Dollar Minute airs 5:30pm weeknights on Seven.