Fox today announced a new series called Bullseye that is basically a version of Fear Factor, one that skips the gross eating and other weaker challenges and just focuses on the bigger stunts. Hosted by Twilight and The Comeback’s Kellen Lutz and co-hosted by comedian Godfrey, the competition finds different ways for people to hit giant bullseyes with their bodies.
So of course, it’s awesome–that light but engaging entertainment that comes from watching people do extraordinary, dangerous, and thrilling things.
How is it similar to Fear Factor? It gives its weekly winner $50,000, just like the NBC series, and is also produced by Endemol Shine, producers of Fear Factor and Wipeout, and its producers include Scott Larsen (who worked on both shows) and Jon Kroll (who recently produced Fox’s Utopia). Also it looks just like Fear Factor on basically every level.
I’ll admit I first thought Bullseye was an incredibly elaborate April Fool’s Day joke, especially considering the star power of its host. But it appears to actually be a real show that will debut May 27 at 9:
In Fox’s press release, Lutz, or whoever speaks for him in press releases, says, “I am a huge fan of extreme sports, and for me, nothing beats an adrenaline rush, which is why I am so excited to host this series. I love the concept of physicality and strategy combined with the most awesome challenges that will blow your mind.”
Here’s how Fox described the show:
Bullseye’s fierce “weekend warriors” will participate in three levels of extraordinary challenges, all of which involve using their bodies like human darts to hit targets — on land, sea and air. As the rounds advance in this fun-for-the-family summer series, only those with the sharpest aim move forward. The first challenge finds the eight competitors vying to hit the center of a stationary target while leaping from a moving 18-wheeler, being pulled by a helicopter or acting as a human slingshot being projected hundreds of feet through the air. In round two, the remaining four competitors — two men and two women — race to hit as many targets as possible. These competitors may be aiming for targets while descending down a building or jumping between two racing speedboats. In the third and final challenge, the remaining three competitors race against the clock to conquer the ultimate test and hit the final Bullseye.