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Joe Rogan Signs On To Host 'Fear Factor' Revival

by Chris Harnick, posted Jun 29th 2011 4:15PM
Joe Rogan's coming home. The comedian is returning to 'Fear Factor' as host of the revived NBC reality series.

"It doesn't seem real," Rogan told TV Guide Magazine. "It seems like some sort of bizarro dream world. But I'm looking forward to it. The idea of sitting at home and watching someone else host it would have driven me crazy."

The reborn 'Fear Factor' will get eight episodes that might hit the Peacock's schedule as soon as September.

When the 'Fear Factor' news broke early June 2011, Rogan was high on the list of potential hosts, but the deal was nowhere near closed. "We wouldn't want to do this show without Joe," Matt Kunitz, 'Fear Factor' executive producer, said. "This makes me 100 percent relieved. Part of the nostalgia of the show coming back is Joe Rogan. Joe is a guy's guy, but women like him as well."

After 'Fear Factor' went off the air the first time, Rogan had harsh words about his time on the series.

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'Fear Factor' is Back, But When? And What's New? Producer Matt Kunitz Gives Details

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jun 2nd 2011 9:30PM
'Fear Factor'UPDATE, 06/03/11: Joe Rogan's "very high on the list" to host the new 'Fear Factor,' according to Endemol North America chairman David Goldberg. He told 'EW' that producers haven't made any decisions, but they'll sit down with Rogan and see if he's interested. Goldberg also confirmed that NBC has already ordered 10 episodes.

Today's news that 'Fear Factor' will return to NBC after five years off the air came as a bit of a surprise -- guess the new higher-ups at the network were fans back in the day.

But there was very little information out there to report on, other than the fact that NBC and production company Endemol USA were ready to start doing casting calls.

We had a lot of questions: What will the show look like now? Are there new challenges in store? Will host Joe Rogan return? And when will this new season premiere?

So we turned to executive producer Matt Kunitz to get the scoop. Before dishing about all of that and more -- including 'Idol,' 'The Voice,' 'Wipeout' and his new upcoming ABC show '101 Ways to Leave a Game Show' -- Kunitz giddily started the chat by saying, "I think you're the first person in six years that I've actually introduced myself to as Matt Kunitz from 'Fear Factor.' [Laughs] It's exciting!"

Keep reading for more, as well as scoop on their plans to make 'Fear Factor' 2.0 "bigger and badder."

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A preview of ABC's new stunt show WipeOut - VIDEO

by Kristin Sample, posted Jun 24th 2008 10:03AM
"We wanted to show all of the fun of Fear Factor, but none of the gross," says executive producer Matt Kunitz of WipeOut. ABC's new summer reality series will feature 24 contestants who race on the world's largest extreme obstacle course. Now, this isn't like American Gladiators. WipeOut, hosted by John Henson (Talk Soup) and John Anderson (SportsCenter), wanted average people to compete on their show. Kunitz says that he specifically didn't want any extreme athletes. Somewhere Bam Margera and Steve-O are crying.

Mahalo Daily took a trip to the gigantic set of ABC's new summer show. That day, they were testing the storm simulator. It costs $100,000 just to turn on. Mahalo Daily also talked to the casting director (for those of you who are interested in trying out for season two). The video is after the jump.

WipeOut premieres tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET / PT on ABC. Will you be tuning in?

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