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MTV bringing back 'Fear Factor' with Ludacris as host May 30

This was posted on Thursday, April 13, 2017 by Rodney Ho on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Atlanta actor and rap star Ludacris is going to host a revived version of the reality show "Fear Factor" on MTV.

The show originally aired on NBC from 2001 to 2006, hosted by Joe Rogan, part of the early wave of reality competition programs that proliferated on broadcast and cable TV. The network briefly revived it for a season in 2011.

Ludacris (Chris Bridges) is also an executive producer and will premiere on May 30 at 10 p.m. for 12 episodes.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the show will be less about gross-out eating challenges that made the show infamous.

Instead, "the newly designed stunts are geared at tapping into visceral fears of today's anxious youth — such as couch surfing at 300 feet and waterlogging personal cellphones." The story said stunts will be "inspired by urban legends, scary movies and online videos from the zeitgeist." And it will feature four teams of two.

"MTV is about celebrating youth culture, and with the reinvented Fear Factor, we are putting the power in our audience’s hands to face and overcome their biggest fears,” MTV, VH1 and Logo president Chris McCarthy said in a press release. “We are thrilled to partner with Ludacris, one of the biggest global stars who has a rich history with MTV, to energize this franchise for a whole new generation.”

 

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