The man who helped reinvent the game show at ABC is looking to do it again. Former Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? executive producer Michael Davies is behind The Exit List, which ABC has ordered to pilot.
The Exit List follows contestants as they travel through a massive maze, answering multiple-choice questions along the way. The maze consists of rooms filled with money — and the further in they go, the bigger the prize. But contestants have to find their way out by remembering what they learned.
Sony Pictures TV is producing the project with Davies' Embassy Row company. The show is partially based on a Dutch format created by David Grifhorst. At least one other country is at work on its own version of The Exit List.
Davies is currently enjoying critical acclaim for his Oxygen competition The Glee Project, and he also executive produces the GSN game show Newlywed Game, as well as Bravo's Andy Cohen talk show Watch What Happens: Live.
Davies was the head of ABC's reality TV division when he brought Millionaire to the network in 1999. He later left ABC to executive produce Millionaire, and continued to oversee the show as it moved into syndication. He quietly left Millionaire several months ago to focus on new projects.
Davies' other recent game shows in development have included a new take on Pyramid, hosted by Andy Richter, at TBS; the A&E entry Hands On; and another new show, The Substitute, at MTV.