Fear Factor now casting for its return, five years after NBC cancelled it

Fear Factor, the extreme game show/reality series, is now casting for an apparent return to NBC later this year, five years after being cancelled.

The show’s casting web site says “we’re back” and says it is looking for “teams of two,” such as “married couples, siblings, parent/child, best friends, coworkers, teammates, roommates, [and] ex’s.”

However, they only want people “in the greater Los Angeles area”–a far too common trend that helps save money and ensure that shows are cast with the same bland L.A. model-types.

While NBC’s casting page does not include the casting call yet and the series is not on NBC’s fall schedule, the network’s logo is rather visible in the footer of the casting web site, and a Reality Wanted ad says the posting company is NBC. I assume the series will be used to replace a cancelled show in the fall.

There is no word about who will host or how the how might change in the era of Wipeout, which has been rather successful on ABC and is produced by the same company, Matt Kunitz’s Pulse Creative. Two years after it was cancelled, its host, Joe Rogan, said the show was “boring,” “mindless,” and “a great paycheck.”

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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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.