Fans of the Fear Factor reality series – which initially aired between 2001 and 2006 – are in for a treat, now that the series is receiving a full-fledged reboot from MTV. Originally hosted by standup comedian and UFC commentator Joe Rogan, the NBC game show became something of a revolting attraction that dealt in high performance stunts and gross-out pranks. What’s more, Fear Factor had the legs to return for a revival series of specials that aired in 2011 and 2012, for a grand total of eight episodes.
Nevertheless, it’s been some time since Fear Factor was the kind of nationally-celebrated phenomenon that it was in the early 2000s, and in that time other reality shows and original series have become just as popular. In an age that many critics are calling a golden age of TV programming, it’s hard to imagine a property like Fear Factor managing to make the same kind of pop cultural impact that it once did.
Either way, MTV is all set to reboot Fear Factor on the small screen. According to Variety, popular recording artist and actor Ludacris will serve as the master of ceremonies on the new show, which will make its small screen debut later this May. The move falls in line with preexisting plans on the part of the network to produce more high-profile unscripted programming, while maintaining a music-centric element in the form of its designated host.
A new Fear Factor series is definitely something to look out for in the near future, especially when it comes to revamping the brand for a new audience of MTV viewers. What’s more, tapping Fast & Furious franchise regular Ludacris to host the reboot should draw a crowd to what is sure to be a tension-filled production, designed to test the limits of its contestants’ physical and mental abilities.
Fear Factor was definitely a big deal when it first aired on NBC way back at the dawn of the 21st century, but in the sixteen years since then the landscape of original content has become far broader than ever before – something that might render the new show’s chances of finding a sizable audience far slimmer. Then again, maybe fans of the original show and its subsequent revival series will still tune in to see what MTV has up their sleeves next for the reality TV property.
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