A new show that will be premiering soon on CBS has an attention-getting premise. The network firmed up plans today for “Hunted,” a reality competition that will put ordinary people in a real-life manhunt.
The show premieres Sunday, Jan. 22, leading out from the NFL’s AFC Championship Game. It will move to its regular time slot Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 8 p.m., starting with a special two-hour installment.
Produced by Endemol Shine North America, “Hunted” places its participants on the run as fugitives while an elite team of investigators tries to track them down.
“‘Hunted’ follows nine teams of two in a real-life manhunt as they attempt the nearly impossible task of disappearing in today’s vast digital world, as highly skilled investigators combine state-of-the-art tracking methods with traditional tactics to pursue and catch them,” CBS says in today’s announcement, adding: “From searching their targets’ homes and scouring their Internet and cell phone histories, to identifying behavioral patterns, Hunters in the field and Command Center investigators work together to identify clues to potential hiding places and collaborators that can ultimately lead to capture.”
A grand prize of $250,000 will be awarded to each team that successfully avoids being caught for up to 28 days.
Based on a U.K. format, the show is executive produced by Laura Fuest Silva, Brian Catalina, Eden Gaha, Rob Smith and Robin Feinberg.