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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.

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NBC reality chief Paul Telegdy told Entertainment 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.

"No one has come close to doing what they've done on that show," he told EW. "You go back and they've stood the test of time. It always had this incredible spectacle to it."

While NBC's new Fear Factor revival won't go for "maximum shock value," viewers will see some changes, according to Telegdy.

"The stunt and camera technologies have evolved since then. We're going to be able to make it even bigger. We're going to make it more visually arresting," he said.

According to EW, it is still unclear whether original Fear Factor host Joe Rogan will reprise his role on the revival or when it will premiere.

However, Rogan's return would seem unlikely given he publicly bashed the show following its 2006 cancellation.

"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 of Fear 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 Factor executive producer Matt Kunitz, who launched Wipeout for ABC in 2008.




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