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Fox Reality's 'Solitary 2.0' to debut August 11, add casting and reunion specials

By Christopher Rocchio, 07/25/2007 

Fox Reality has announced the premiere of Solitary 2.0, the reality competition series' second season that takes nine participants through a series of psychological tests that grow more challenging as each episode passes for the chance to claim the $50,000 grand prize.

Solitary 2.0 is scheduled to premiere Saturday, August 11 at 9PM ET/PT.

Solitary's first season premiered on Fox Reality last June, and its second installment will follow a similar format, with nine contestants placed in individual "laboratory pods" -- Fox Reality's version of solitary confinement -- and denied interaction with any other people.  The only voice they hear during filming is "Val," an "omniscient friend and sarcastic taskmaster" who controls every aspect of what's taking place in each participant's pod, including sleep, sound, temperature and light. 

Once in their pods, the contestants -- who will also be stripped of their names and will only referred to by an assigned number -- will begin competing for the measly $50,000 grand prize that will be awarded to the person who tolerates Val's abuse the longest (all of the contestants are free to quit the competition at any time).

"Solitary entered into uncharted territory in the reality world," said Fox Reality president David Lyle.  "Solitary 2.0 will push the limits of human tolerance even further and allow our viewers to go along for the ride while, luckily for them, watching comfortably from their homes."

On Saturday, August 4 at 11PM ET/PT, Fox Reality plans to air The Road to Solitary 2.0, which will offer viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the show's second-season cast as well as some of the challenges they faced during filming for the eight-episode series.  Solitary 2.0 is scheduled to conclude its broadcast run on Saturday, October 6 with a reunion episode that will see the nine contestants coming face-to-face for the first time and sharing their experiences in their individual pods.

Fox Reality announced in late January that it had ordered a second season of Solitary, which is executive produced and co-created by Andrew Golder, as well as Lincoln Hiatt.

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