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MTV to Revive ‘Fear Factor’ with Ludacris as Host

Reboot Set to Debut on May 30th

Former NBC reality/competition “Fear Factor,” which had two runs – from 2001-06 and 2011-12 – is being revived by MTV with rapper-turned-actor Ludacris (aka Chris Bridges) as host. The cable network has ordered 12 new episodes of the series from Endemol Shine North America. Ludacris will also executive produce. The series that challenges teams of contestants to face extreme physical and mental trials is expected to premiere on Tuesday, May 30 at 10 p.m. ET.

The logline: Inspired by urban legends, scary movies and online videos from the zeitgeist, contestants will be pushed beyond their comfort zones where their body’s physiological responses will take over. Each hour-long episode will feature eight contestants pairing up in four teams of two — think siblings, college rivalries, roommates, best friends and co-workers — who off for a cash prize.

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US ( Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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