Just in time for the holidays, NBC is bringing back “Fear Factor.”
The years-dormant stunt show — its last original episode aired in September 2006 — will return with a new batch of episodes starting Monday, Dec. 12. It will bridge the gap between the end of “The Sing-Off” on Dec. 5 and the return of “The Voice” in February.
“We have taken the groundbreaking ‘Fear Factor’ franchise that many fans remember fondly and have ramped it up to make it even more challenging and competitive than ever before,” says Paul Telegdy, head of alternative programming at NBC. “Once again, the contestants will have to face their ultimate fears to prevail — and the tension and drama of that process will make for some riveting television.”
Joe Rogan will return as host, and contestants will still be trying to win $50,000 by completing a series of physically and mentally demanding stunts. The format — physical stunts mixed in with gross-out mental challenges — will remain pretty much the same, but NBC is promising more extreme stunts enabled by advancements in technology in the five years since “Fear Factor” last aired.
Additionally, the show will feature four two-person teams in each episode, rather than six individuals, and episodes will run for two hours.
Will you watch the revived “Fear Factor”? Were you clamoring for its return?