The current state of #television is turning into a curious thing. Along with upcoming versions of beloved series such as The X-Files, Twin Peaks, Roseanne, Full House and Gilmore Girls, it seems that #MTV decided to finally jump onto the nostalgia bandwagon.
MTV is gearing up to revitalize the 2000s NBC series Fear Factor, with actor-rapper Ludacris taking over hosting duties. #FearFactor originally debuted in the Netherlands, and crossed into the United States in 2001. The show was canceled in 2006 and briefly returned in 2011, but was canceled again in 2012.
What Will The New 'Fear Factor' Change?
The original Fear Factor pitted contestants against one another with daring tests and games, offering a cash prize as the reward. Contestants had to make it through three stunts to face their fears. If the individual (or, later, team) was unable to complete or attempt the stunt, they were eliminated from the competition.
To change the format a bit, MTV is organizing the teams into four pairs, as well as introducing new stunts related to viral videos and online trends — plus scenes from popular #horror films:. Here's their announcement:
MTV is giving viewers the chance to conquer their fears head on with a refresh of the breakthrough series "Fear Factor.” Ludacris will host the new installment, custom-created for a generation that is increasingly empowered, while also more anxious than ever.
Filled with new stunts inspired by urban legends, popular scary movies, and viral videos from today’s cultural zeitgeist, “Fear Factor” contestants will confront their fears, be pushed beyond their comfort zones, and take action against some of their biggest stressors.
Not MTV's First Stab At 'Fear'
This isn't MTV's first attempt at a fear/horror-related series, and the premise of the new Fear Factor sounds similar to a series MTV aired from 2000-2002. Fear followed a group of individuals as they were abandoned in an alleged haunted location to find out whether the location was actually haunted.
Fear was the first supernatural-themed reality show to ever debut on television and it received overwhelmingly positive reviews while it aired, so the network does have history handling these sorts of things. Along with Fear, we must remember that MTV has more horror-related series such as Scream: The TV Series and Teen Wolf.
However, it sounds like the network is looking to change Fear Factor from just an intense gross-out show to more of an empowering experience of helping individuals face their fears. Time will tell what becomes of this revisiting of a beloved television series, but we are definitely hoping for the best.
Fear Factor returns on MTV on May 30, 2017 at 10 p.m. EST.