High Noon’s latest project is all about pushing people to their limits.
Xtreme Screams, which premieres this Sunday on Travel Channel, follows individuals as they cross the threshold between perceived safety and danger. “The result is almost always a terrifying scream,” explains Scott Feeley, SVP of development and current programming for High Noon Entertainment and an executive producer on the series.
According to Courtney White, SVP, programming with Travel Channel, Food Network and Cooking Channel, Xtreme Screams is an example of how Travel Channel is “doubling down” on efforts to tap into the viewer’s desire for adventure and excitement.
“Xtreme Screams gives our viewers exactly what they want — an escapist experience that is raw and unfiltered,” she explains. “With extensive camera rigging and audio recording you are locked into the rider’s seat to feel every agonizing climb, heart-pounding wait, every split-second thrill, and the fight or flight adrenaline rush that unleashes a primordial scream. It feels so good to let it all go.”
White says that Travel Channel’s October programming is all about expeditions and adventure, and Xtreme Screams fits into the larger slate of programming by delivering entertaining and spooky programming for this time of the year.
The launch of Xtreme Screams follows the premiere of the network’s four-part special event Expedition Unknown: Hunt for Extraterrestrials, and the one-hour special Vampires: Mysteries at the Museum.
Xtreme Screams will air this Sunday Oct. 8 on the Travel Channel.
realscreen chatted with Scott Feeley, SVP of development and current programming for High Noon Entertainment an executive producer for Xtreme Screams, about the project.
Years ago, we did a “Screams” Halloween special for Travel Channel that focused on the best haunted houses across the nation. Centering the creative around that moment of screaming worked well, so we thought it would be a great way to expand our Xtreme Waterparks franchise with Travel — basically build an entire series around activities, rides, and other experiences that make us scream.
Genuine anticipation and anxiety makes for good TV. When it’s fake, it’s easily dismissed by viewers. The great thing about this show is that it’s never fake. When you put people into situations where they are forced to face their fear, the result is almost always fun to watch.
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