Fear Factor returns tonight with new stunt team and themed episodes

NBC’s Fear Factor returns tonight, debuting its 126th episode in its new time slot, on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET. The show also has a new stunt team.

Many of the new episodes will be themed; tonight’s episode, “Heist Fear Factor,” finds the contestants competing in stunts and winning keys which may or may not unlock “a submerged armored car with one million dollars inside,” according to NBC. One upcoming show will be filmed at the Bates Motel set at Universal and be Psycho-themed.

Later this season, reality TV couples will face off over multiple episodes. And some of this season’s 22 episodes will include a home invasion by host Joe Rogan, who will challenge viewers to complete a stunt in their own house, likely ones involving consuming the genitals of various animals.

Actually, surprisingly enough, USA TODAY notes that this season is “not grosser.” While executive producer Matt Kunitz says that they’re not “toning down” the show, “What I want to say is you won’t just see someone eating an animal part. You’ll see even more outrageous, gigantic stunts.”

Fear Factor [NBC]

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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