Fox orders survival series from “Fear Factor” EP

U.S. broadcaster Fox has commissioned survival competition series Kicking & Screaming from Wipeout and Fear Factor executive producer Matt Kunitz (pictured) and Lionsgate Television.
January 20, 2016

U.S. broadcaster Fox has commissioned survival competition series Kicking & Screaming from Wipeout and Fear Factor executive producer Matt Kunitz (pictured) and Lionsgate Television.

The 10-part series will pair expert survivalists with “pampered partners” in a wilderness race in which contestants must overcome wild animals, rivers, hunger and extreme weather. To win the competition, the skilled outdoorsmen will have to drag their partners to the finish line.

Kicking & Screaming, which will air later this year on Fox, is produced by Pulse Creative’s Kunitz in association with Lionsgate Television. The series was created by Kunitz, David Shumsky and Mark Harris.

Serving as executive producers on the program are Kunitz and Anthony Dominici, with co-executive producers including Shumsky, Harris and Rebecca Shumsky-Quinn, who developed the project.

“Pairing high-level experts with high-maintenance novices struck us as a perfect way to extract comedy from the survival competition genre,” said David Madden, president of entertainment at Fox Broadcasting Company, in a statement. “Matt Kunitz has tremendous experience in this field, and together with Lionsgate, we’ve got the perfect partners to lead us on this adventure.”

Kicking & Screaming has all the earmarks of an important new brand for Lionsgate Television,” added Lionsgate Television Group chairman Kevin Beggs. “Kicking & Screaming is the perfect property to continue building our momentum in unscripted television.”

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