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.”

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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.