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Fear Factor is returning to television, again

Fear Factor, an early NBC competition reality series may be returning to television once again, though not on NBC. After being cancelled in 2006, show was revived and then cancelled in 2012 after just one new season that gained attention only because NBC refused to an episode featuring a donkey semen-drinking stunt.

But the show has started casting again, for what will be its eighth season. Its casting web site says, “The original hit TV series is back!” with a prize of $50,000 for its winner. Fear Factor is looking for teams of two who are in (or can travel to) the Los Angeles area only.

There’s odd language about who they’re looking to cast: “must be at least 18 years of age or appear to be between the ages of 18-30.” I assume that doesn’t mean they’d cast a 12-year-old who appeared to be 18, but that is what it says. Clearly, though, they’re casting younger people.

So where will this new season air? The legalese at the end of the application form tells us several things:

  1. The show is being produced for “possible initial exhibition on Viacom Media Networks”
  2. A subsidiary of Viacom is also mentioned: “CMT Productions.” Does that mean this is for CMT, a network owned by Viacom?
  3. The main producer mentioned is “Lock and Key Productions.” Its IMDB page says they were also affiliated with Fox’s Bullseye, a 2015 show that which was essentially a reboot of Fear Factor, and with CBS’ Hunted. I bring up Hunted because it was produced by Endemol Shine North America, the company that owns Fear Factor and produced it for NBC.
  4. The casting company searching for contestants, Casting Duo, also cast Bullseye and the original Fear Factor.

Of course, neither Bullseye nor the reboot of Fear Factor managed to earn high enough ratings to be renewed, so I’m curious to see if this will be any different—creatively or in the ratings.

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