12/22/11, No. 12
Fear Factor coming to Nassau County: Fear Factor, the program that first aired between 2001 and 2006 and that NBC revived a few weeks ago, will be coming soon to Nassau County, just north of Jacksonville. Nassau County beat out Macclenny.
Fear Factor (according to Wikipedia) is the show that pits teams of “contestants against each other in a variety of stunts for a grand prize, usually of $50,000.”
Wikipedia goes on to state that the “series revival began airing on December 12, 2011, and the 2 premiere episodes were viewed by 8.7 million and 8.5 million viewers, respectively. This makes the premiere the highest non-sports programming to air on NBC at 8:00 p.m. since February 2008.”
Although Fear Factor this year has only aired two episodes, it topped one of NPR critic David Bianculli’s TV picks lists for 2011. Read more: Bianculli Picks The Best (And Worst) TV Of 2011
Here is an excerpt of a transcript from one of the 2011 shows:
“JOE ROGAN: Inside this tank is over 3,000 gallons of cows’ blood.
“UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: I just got chills.
“(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)
“ROGAN: You and your partner will be bound together by the wrists, and you will alternate dunking into that tank to retrieve these cow hearts.
“UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: Ew. Oh my God.
“ROGAN: One at a time, you will alternate dunking down into that tank, retrieving a cow heart and then stuffing it in to your partner’s mouth, who will them attempt to spit it into that box. The team that transfers the least amount of cow hearts in three minutes will be eliminated today.”
Fear Factor’s producers saw an opportunity in Nassau County after seeing Jim Schoettler’s reporting in the Times-Union: FBI investigates reports of civil rights abuses, corruption at Nassau County Sheriff’s Office
Talent agents for Fear Factor will begin interviewing northeast Florida residents Tuesday, January 3rd, for a special episode format titled “Turn the other cheek.”
Nassau Sheriff Tommy Seagraves will not be seeking reelection.
For $50,000, which of the contestants will be able to brave a beating in the Nassau jail while continuing to smile and sing “I’m In the Mood for Love”? Contestants will be able to select from the following menu of scenarios:
Beating in the front seat of a car
Beating, tying the feet, and dragging
Beating upon exiting a police van
Being beaten up for filming the police
Being beaten up in a holding cell
Applicants selected for filming will be strongly advised to carry health insurance.