NBC announced today that it’s popular reality competition show, “Fear Factor” consisting of feeding it’s victims,or contestants disgusting things as well as equally disgusting stunts is making a comeback!
According to NBC President of Alternative and Late Night Programming, Paul Telegdy, they are revamping the fan-favored show and leaving much of the format the same. They’ve even kept the show’s original host, Joe Rogan. One minor change however – the physical stunts will be “more challenging and competitive than ever before”. The press release also stated that the “advancements in technology have allowed the producers to develop stunts that are more fantastic than ever before”. Two examples of this are the “Towering Inferno” and the “Helicopter TNT Crash”.
It make sense for NBC to bring back this particular successful show from the network’s past which was groundbreaking to compete with two new shows done with similar game play – gross and uncomfortable stunts. Syfy’s “Total Blackout” has contestants competing in the dark while guessing which foreign objects they are touching and TruTV’s “Killer Karaoke” which tasks contestants to sing their way through uncomfortable situations!
In “Fear Factor” famous game play, if fear stops a contestant from completing their challenge or they fail while trying to do so, they are eliminated from the game and lose their shot to win the grand prize of $50,000.
The show was nominated for a People’s Choice Award in 2005 for “Favorite Reality Show Competition” and was also nominated in 2004 and 2005 as “Best TV Show” as part of Nickelodeon’s Kids Choice Awards. In 2003, the show won the Teen Choice Award for “Grossest Reality TV Moment” and was again nominated in 2005.
Fans can get ready to welcome the show back when it returns on Monday, December 12 (8-10 p.m. ET).