How NBC’s ‘Fear Factor’ Will Out-Gross Its Own Gross-Outs

Dec 12, 2011  •  Post A Comment

When NBC’s "Fear Factor" returns to television tonight, viewers will find that the gross-outs are even grosser than those in the show’s first iteration, reports The New York Times.

For instance, a stunt that would have required a fan to dunk his or her head in 50 gallons of cow blood now has a bigger gross-out: 3,000 gallons of blood, the story says.

"Fear Factor," which first ran on NBC from 2001 to 2006, is returning after its production company, Endemol, lobbied the network to return the program to the airwaves, the piece notes. NBC eventually returned to the idea because repeats of "Fear Factor" on the sister cable channel Chiller drew strong ratings, the story points out.

The show "had to be bigger and badder and grosser,” said Matt Kunitz, an executive producer, according to the piece. In addition to the bigger challenges — such as eating live scorpions — the show is now taped with high-definition cameras, the story says.

Kunitz added: “In the past we would have covered someone with 100,000 bees. Now we’ll cover one of them in 200,000 bees. Their partner, in order to get the bees off of them, has to eat 20 live bees, then retrieve an ax to cut his partner down.”

If the show proves a hit again with viewers, there’s a possibility of more episodes beyond the initial 10 produced by Endemol for the network, the piece adds.


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