Thursday, April 13, 2017
After NBC revived Fear Factor in 2011, MTV will try a reboot starting May 30. There's always been a pleasant argument about whether the stunt epic is a real game show, but I tend to fall on the inclusive side here. At least there's an objective standard (more or less) for winning, and the series doesn't wander off into multi-ep whine-fests between the contestants.
The linked story calls the show a "reality competition series," which seems to be the latest catchphrase for "we're not sure if this is a game show or a reality show, so we'll straddle the difference." Ludacris will host the MTV version, which sounds like it will downplay the really gross stuff. Instead of eating worms, the contestants will try stunts like couch surfing at 300 feet. This could be another Wipeout, minus the big balls.
The order is for twelve episodes. The prize money is fifty grand per ep.