Challenges return to MTV with The Gauntlet 3

Just when it seemed as though MTV had given up on the Challenge shows as The Real World‘s star fades, the network has announced a debut date for a new season of the show. The Gauntlet 3 will debut Jan. 23 at 10 p.m. ET, and again features 16 “veterans” and 16 newcomers who will “fight it out for over $400,000 in cash and prizes,” according to MTV.

For the series’ 15th season, which taped in Mexico last summer, the network promises “[i]nsane challenges, heart-stopping Gauntlets, crazy fights, surprising alliances, unexpected departures and more hook-ups than ever.” TJ Lavin returns to host, or whatever you want to call that thing he does when he talks.

The trailer for the new season–note to the people who run MTV.com: If you’re going to offer embeddable video, that video actually needs to play when it’s embedded, rather than just turning into a big, worthless link that says “This video available only on MTV.com.” If that’s true, then why the hell does it offer 2,182 characters of “Video Embed Code”?!–suggests that there’s more of the same, although the older people, like Coral and CT, look like they’ve tumbled around in the dryer a bit too long.

Gauntlet 3 [MTV]

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Verlox from The Quest

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Shark Tank

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