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NBC Bringing Back “Fear Factor”

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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.

What reality show would you like to see brought back? Tell us below, on Facebook.

Here are a few “highlights” from “Fear Factor”:

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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