If you look back at all the shows that are no longer on the air, and thought about what you’d like to see re-booted, would Fear Factor be one of them? Well, MTV is hoping the answer is yes, because the network just announced they are reviving the popular reality show.
While the Fear Factor of yore usually involved bugs, creepy-crawly creatures, adrenaline-pumping stunts and Joe Rogen, its reincarnation will be hosted by Ludacris and they’ll be taking it up a notch — by targeting the fears of today’s youth.
“MTV is about celebrating youth culture, and with the reinvented Fear Factor, we are putting the power in our audience’s hands to face and overcome their biggest fears,” MTV, VH1 and Logo president Chris McCarthy told The Hollywood Reporter. “We are thrilled to partner with Ludacris, one of the biggest global stars who has a rich history with MTV, to energize this franchise for a whole new generation.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the show will go beyond the gross-out tasks of eating buffalo testicles, or getting locked in a chamber with snakes crawling everywhere and attempt more psychological challenges. Some of the newly designed stunts will include couch surfing at 300 feet and waterlogging personal cellphones. Sure, it doesn’t sound that tough, but if you’ve ever left your phone at home and been without it for hours, you know that it can be torture.
The show will feature eight contestants paired off in teams of two as they battle for a $50,000 cash prize.
The original Fear Factor, which debuted in 2001, ran for six seasons with a one-season revival in 2011. MTV’s 12-episode season is banking on a youth market who are ready to confront their fears once again, but in a way that’s relevant to today’s culture. We shudder to think.
Fear Factor premieres May 30 on MTV.