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NBC Invites Ken Jennings on Quiz Show, Backs Out

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY - JANUARY 13:  Contestant Ken Jennings attends a press conference to discuss the upcoming Man V. Machine "Jeopardy!" competition at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center on January 13, 2011 in Yorktown Heights, New York.  (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Ken Jennings

A million seconds is a lot to keep track of, so it makes sense that NBC's Million Second Quiz has seen some choppy waters in the ratings department. In what Deadline calls a "last-ditch stab for momentum," the show contacted Ken Jennings, (Jeopardy! champion, real-life Quiz Kid Donnie Smith) about coming to appear on the show. Travel plans were quickly assembled, then immediately dissembled. Suddenly "there had been a 'miscommunication,'"  Jennings blogs. "The network, for unspecified reasons, was not willing to fly 'trivia champions' in for the show. I could fly myself to New York if I like, they said. I wouldn't even have to wait in line." Score!

Photo: Ben Hider/2011 Getty Images