CBS orders pilot of new Jeff Probst 'Live Like You're Dying' reality show
By John Bracchitta, 10/21/2008
CBS has reportedly ordered a pilot for Live Like You're Dying, a new reality series created and hosted by Survivor host Jeff Probst.
As the title suggests, each Live Like You're Dying episode would feature a different terminally-ill person going on what Probst, who will executive produce the show with Survivor producer Mark Burnett, deems "the last adventure of their life," Entertainment Weeklyreported Monday.
However the show will not focus on the more troubling aspects of living with a terminal disease, but rather on how the person is living the remainder of their life to the fullest, according to Probst.
"The focus of the show is not death," Probst told EW. "The story we're going to tell is about living. This is a show that is intended to inspire everybody to get the most out of their lives every day."
The participants chosen to participate on the show will reportedly experience reunions with estranged family and friend, participate in a "legacy moment" -- an act done to ensure that the subject's name will live on after their death -- and be given the chance to live out one of their personal dreams.
"It could be playing guitar with Eric Clapton or jumping out of a plane into a volcano," Probst told EW. "Whatever it is that you're still desiring to do in your life, we want to make it happen."
Live Like You're Dying's "dream" aspect makes it sound somewhat similar to No Opportunity Wasted, a 2004 Discovery Channel reality series that was created by another longtime CBS reality show host. Created by The Amazing Race host Phil Keoghan, No Opportunity Wasted featured particpants that received 72 hours and $3,000 to complete an individual dream of their own choosing, however did not feature contestants with terminal illnesses. Canada's CBC network aired a revamped Canadian edition of the series last fall.
Live Like You're Dying's pilot will begin production in January once Probst and Burnett have completed filming Survivor's eighteenth season, according to EW.