Hey NBC: Gross. While you may think reality television is disgusting enough what with the “Real Housewives of New Jersey,” “Toddlers & Tiaras,” and any of those shows where people get liposuction on camera (why??). The powers that be at NBC, however, don’t seem to think there are nearly enough gross-out moments on primetime, so they are bringing back “Fear Factor.” That’s right, “Fear Factor” is coming back.
If you don’t know the show, it puts contestants into fear-inducing (read: revolting) situations to win big cash prizes. The hot girls usually have to compete in swimming suits. By asking people to, say, eat a plate of eyeballs or go swimming with a tankful of snakes (pictured above), the show managed to prove once and for all that people really will do anything for money, except, perhaps get a job. “Fear Factor” was one of the first reality shows, so you have it to thank for “Bridalplasty,” “Who’s Your Daddy?,” and the aforementioned “Housewives.” The show ruled the airways for five years, but the once-behemoth fizzled when forced to go up against a little upstart of a show called “American Idol.”
Now the show is getting the big reboot with original executive producers David Hurwitz and Matt Kunitz at the helm. Kunitz also launched ABC’s stunt-driven hit Wipeout, so he’s learned a thing or two in the modern television landscape. NBC apparently made the decision to revive “Fear Factor” after re-runs did well on NBC’s sister channel, Chiller. No word yet on whether original host, Joe Rogan, will be back. But better him than, say, Tara Reid. Because that would be too gross, even for NBC.
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Here are a few “highlights” from “Fear Factor”: