NBC reviving 'Fear Factor,' making it "bigger," "more visually arresting"
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 06/02/2011
NBC is reviving Fear Factor, the reality game show which aired on the network for five years beginning in 2001.
NBC reality chief Paul Telegdy toldEntertainment Weekly the network began considering reviving Fear Factor after discovering repeats of the show's original episodes were producing high ratings on Chiller, the horror-focused cable network NBC's NBCUniversal parent company launched in 2007.
And after viewing a few of the episodes himself, Telegdy said he could understand why.
"I enjoyed the money, but I didn't enjoy doing the show," he told The Denver Post in a 2008 interview.
"It was boring, and after a while, it was mindless... It's not something I would look forward to, but it was a great paycheck."
Telegdy said he originally approached David Goldberg, the CEO ofFear Factor producer Endemol USA, about reviving the show with a series of specials, however the talks eventually progressed into a full-scale revival.
"I said, 'Let's apply everything we've learned since then and put together the team,'" Telegdy told EW, which reported the team will include original Fear Factorexecutive producer Matt Kunitz, who launched Wipeout for ABC in 2008.
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