The show aired for the first time on cable tv here in Indonesia earlier tonight (well at least the first time I have seen it here) and having done a little research it seems that it premiered earlier this year in the US. The Fox Network has apparently ordered 23 episodes of the program.
The closer you get to the top prize the more interesting the questions become. Some of the classics include, "since you have been married have you ever had sexual relations with anyone other than your husband?" It is like who in the world would want to answer this question on national or international tv for 500K. I guess if you tell the truth you will have 500K to help in finalizing a divorce!
The only way I can see this working to a contestant's advantage is if they confess all their skeletons in the closet and then go on the show. I am assuming here that everyone has at least one skeleton in their closet. These skeletons might be stealing 10 dollars out of your mother's purse or having a daydreaming a sexual fantasy while sitting in church or the mosque during a particularly uninspiring sermon. Yet, all the same and for these sorts of reasons it is not a show that I would ever find myself volunteering to be on.
I will watch the show again because it has that slowing down as you drive past an accident appeal. To my mind it is just crazy that people would want to do this even where there is 500K on offer.