MTV announced today that it is bringing back the highly successful thrill seeking reality show ‘Fear Factor’. Rapper Ludacris will host the show and also co produce the production as well. MTV has ordered 12 shows as of now. The CEO of MTV Chris McCarthy said in a statement all the thrill seeking tasks that fans loved will be back but with a twist. The show will have more daring stunts, and different types of visuals than the original show had.
McCarthy said “MTV is about celebrating youth culture, and with reinvented ‘Fear Factor’ we are putting the power in our audience’s hands to face and overcome their biggest fears.” Interestingly rapper Ludacris whose real name is Chris Bridges, turns the big 4 0 this September. The original ‘Fear Factor’ premiered on NBC in 2001, the host Joe Rogan was a highly acclaimed competitive martial artist in 2001 and he was 32. MTV said they are very proud to partner with Ludacris who has had a long history with the network as a rapper. MTV is hoping that the rapper and actor can motivate a new generation to bring new life into an old favorite.
The show had 6 competitors, usually 3 women and 3 men, who competed against each other for a final prize of $50 thousand dollars. The network went on to say the challenges will be new and fresh and relevant for today’s culture and climate. Ludicris also released a statement saying that he was exciting to be working with MTV on ‘Fear Factor’, and this ‘would be the first of many projects together.” The show originally ran for six seasons with Rogan as the host, he came back in 2011 for one season when the show was brought back. ‘Fear Factor’ will premiere on MTV Tuesday May 30th, 10 p.m. EST.