By Heidi Glaus
NEW YORK (KSDK) - It can be described in one word.
"It's enormous," explained Stephen Lambert, executive producer of "The Million Second Quiz."
But then that one word really doesn't do "The Million Second Quiz" set justice, considering the state-of-the-art structure stretches five stories, weighs 18,000 pounds and when in use, uses more than 1.6 million watts of power.
"I wanted it to look like a giant hourglass, 'cause this is a show about time," Lambert added.
Time and money, something Lambert knows quite a bit about. He's also the man behind "Wife Swap" and "Undercover Boss."
Reporter: "What's the worst idea you've had?"
"Oh God, what a difficult question. I tend to wipe them from my mind," Lambert said.
He's hoping he has another hit on his hands.
"What's unusual about this show, it's the first live quiz show since the 1950s," Lambert pointed out.
That means behind this door they're writing questions about events or things that happened this morning. It's an idea that came to him after the Olympics.
"We thought wouldn't it be great if we did a game, a quiz game that had that since of a two week event," Lambert explained.
He got more than a few strange looks when he pitched the idea because what you don't see is the rest of the 100,000 square foot campus. A place that is so big it requires a map to maneuver and by the way. There are 500 people working around the clock to make all of this work because even when they're not on the air, they're online.
"It's quite a complex computer system that had to run all this both the primetime show and the game we're playing the rest of the time," Lambert said.
It is a pretty amazing undertaking, which means the contestants in Winner's Row aren't the only ones not sleeping.