FremantleMedia bringing “Blackout” to Syfy

Syfy will air game show Total Blackout in 2012, and has also revealed its winter slate, which includes the series premiere of Gurney Productions' Monster Man.
October 12, 2011

U.S. cable net Syfy has revealed its slate for early 2012, with a new game show from FremantleMedia joining previously announced series such as Gurney Productions’ Monster Man.

The eight-episode order of Total Blackout from FremantleMedia North America will see actor Jaleel White (Family Matters) hosting the half-hour format in which contestants must compete in challenges that take place in complete darkness.

Total Blackout will begin production in Los Angeles next week, with format creator Henrik Nielsen serving as executive producer, along with Jeff Apploff and Jack Martin.

Mark Stern, president of original content, Syfy, and co-head of content for Universal Cable Productions, said: “Total Blackout brings to life, in a wonderfully clever, intense and funny way, what can happen when your imagination runs away with you. We’re also very excited to be partnered with a company like FremantleMedia, who are using their amazing expertise to make this show one that makes you gasp and laugh in the same breath.”

The FremantleMedia format has aired internationally in territories including Belgium, Denmark, Greece, Indonesia and Japan.

Total Blackout joins Syfy’s upcoming slate of unscripted series, alongside Gurney Productions’ Monster Man, also launching in 2012. The series goes behind the scenes of a Hollywood monster prop building company and will premiere in March.

Season eight of the Syfy hit Ghost Hunters premieres on January 11, which is also the airdate for the season two premiere of Face Off, the reality competition series set around special effects and make-up artists, produced by Mission Control Media.

On February 22, Syfy will premiere the newest season of Ghost Hunters International, from Pilgrim Films and Television.

The network will air a special holiday edition of Ghost Hunters on December 7, in which hosts Jason and Grant will search for the ghosts of Christmas past.

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