‘Fear Factor’ Returning to NBC After 5 Years

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 12:02 pm,

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Is Celebrity Apprentice missing that life-and death edge? Craving more insect buffets when you watch The Voice? Your wishes may soon be granted – NBC is bringing thrill-seeking reality game show Fear Factor back to primetime.

NBC’s non-scripted head honcho Paul Teledgy gave the continuously high ratings for Fear Factor reruns on cable channel Chiller as the primary justification for the series’ return. The executive cited the show’s sense of spectacle and brand recognition as major bonuses in the decision.

Fear Factor was based on a Dutch show called Now or Never-land. When NBC imported the format to the States in 2001, it enlisted comedian Joe Rogan as the host – fresh off the end of the station’s sitcom NewsRadio. The show’s three-act format became a quick hit with audiences for its “extreme” stunts and cringe-inducing scenes.

Each Fear Factor episode was split up into three parts: a physical challenge, a gross-out challenge and an action stunt. By far the most visible aspect of the show was the second section – in the first season, the show asked contestants to lay in vats of snakes, rats and roaches, eat live insects or raw buffalo testicles, or find a hidden object in a vat of blood. The contestant or team that did the best won a $50,000 grand prize.

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The success of Fear Factor spawned an international franchise with equivalent shows in over thirty countries. Producers tried to hold audiences’ attention by one-upping themselves. When that ran out, they ran the gamut of reality gimmicks, with family teams, celebrities, and exotic locations. Fear Factor lasted six seasons, closing out in 2006.

Telegdy notes that the series may be toned down somewhat upon its return – not a bad idea, considering it earned the ire of animal rights activists for many episodes.

While the format may fit well in today’s talent (or lack there of) and personality-driven reality scene (see American Idol and Jersey Shore), fans of the original show will likely have one question: will Joe Rogan return to his hosting duties? The outspoken comic was easily the most visible part of Fear Factor, and it’s hard to imagine the show without his in-your-face flair. There’s no news on whether or not Rogan will return.


There’s also no news on when Fear Factor itself will air, but given the fast turn-around for reality shows, expect a relaunch sooner rather than later.

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Source: TVLine

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  1. I’m sooo looking forward to this!!

  2. I love fear factor!

  3. Joe Rogan said he didn’t know if would/should return. This was on twitter btw. Then he posed the question to his followers.

    • I hope he doesnt we need a new host lol

  4. As long as Joe Rogan is not the host.

    • Wow. I’ve never been called that before, seeing as how I’m white.

      Someone wants to get banned. Enjoy getting your movie news from another site.

    • I don’t think Joe Rogan will be the host again because he is already a host for some wrestling show and I don’t think he’ll leave to come back to this show.

  5. Wow…Vic, Kofi…you guys monitoring this ranting? You guys thought I was bad and keep me under your radars?

    • Anthony,

      The comments are gone and the guy is banned. What the hell, do you think that we’re plugged into the Screen Rant matrix 60 minutes an hour, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week? We DO have lives and are entitled to step away once in a while.


      • You guys are more quick to remove some of MY comments. Dont pop a vein becuase I called you out on it.

        • During business hours or when someone happens to be checking. How about next time instead of a snarky comment, you inform us someone is violating the rules via the contact form.


  6. I love FEAR FACTOR so much and out of all the shows that have been cancelled over the years this is the number 1 show that I wanted to come back on TV. Although I think the news of the show returning isn’t getting around that much and that the network should be posting more advertisements to get people interested in the return of FEAR FACTOR! Other than that I can’t wait for the show to be back on!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. I cant wait for the return of fear factor!!!! wouldnt mind being a contestant either lol. think thers gona be a new host ja but joe’s cool, dont see any reason why he shouldnt be the host again

  8. The show was my “When I’m bored I’ll pop on ” show.

    However, with out Joe I won’t bother. I’m a fan of his stand up and his announcing on UFC. Highly respect the man and really is the only reason I watched in the first place. No one can replace him on the show. I wouldn’t want him doing Fear Factor to interfere with his UFC job though.

  9. all i can say is HELL YA Bring it on

  10. Wow, this smacks of desperation on NBC’s part. That network really is in trouble if they’re bringing this garbage back.

  11. When will fear factor be on again? I love that show and I freaking miss watching it

  12. I love Fear Factor and can’t wait.

  13. I am soooooooooooooo happy that Fear Factor is coming back on – I have dreamed about watching it again for years!!! And the best part is that the first show is coming on on December 12, my birthday!!!! Thank you NBC!!!!!!!

  14. WoW! The show did not disappoint! However, I could stomach the scorpions more than the son groping his mom the entire show! Yuck!!

  15. When does fear factor show on channel 5 and time? Been on line for days trying to find out but no one has the answer, Do you???

  16. When is Fear Factor coming back on tv? I mean new episodes for 2014??? This show is awesome I wanna see more, such a huge fan, Love Joe Rogan. They’ve really had great episodes. Saw them. Bring back Fear Factor!!! Connie