Exclusive: Jeff Probst creates new show for CBS

Survivor’s Jeff Probst has created — and will host — a new reality pilot for CBS, EW.com has learned exclusively. The show, Live Like You’re Dying, will feature a person who has been given a terminal diagnosis with a finite amount of time to live and “take them on the last adventure of their life,” according to Probst. That adventure will include reunions with lost friends or formerly feuding family members, a “legacy moment” that will ensure their name carries on forever, and living out a personal dream. “It could be playing guitar with Eric Clapton or jumping out of a plane into a volcano,” Probst explained to EW.com. “Whatever it is that you’re still desiring to do in your life — we want to make it happen.” (A new subject will be profiled for every episode should the show get picked up and go to series.)

Of course, a program profiling people with terminal diseases runs the risk of being just a tad morbid, but Probst insists the show will be inspirational rather than depressing. “The focus of the show is not death,” says Probst. “The story we’re going to tell is about living. This is a show that is intended to inspire everybody to get the most out of their lives every day.”

Joining Probst on the project is his Survivor boss Mark Burnett, who will also be executive-producing, and Denise Cramsey of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and Trading Spaces, who will act as showrunner. Production on the Live Like You’re Dying pilot will begin in January (after filming has wrapped on season 18 of Survivor), and no airdate has been set should the show make it to series.

More on Jeff Probst:

Jeff Probst’s EW.com Survivor blog

Last week’s Survivor: Gabon recap

Survivor: Gabon: meet the cast

Jeff Probst: Why I stayed on Survivor

Mark Burnett enters the  Dragon’s Den


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  • Lex

    :S Isn’t that like the “make a wish foundation” for TV? :/

  • Stefan

    wow.. i don’t think they should make a tv show about stuff like that O.o

  • hello_world

    I find the idea for this show extremely offensive. It turns dying people into entertainment for the gawking masses. Without question, the lowest point that reality TV has yet reached. Shame on you, Probst.

  • lee

    Jeff Probst has been very successful with the “SURVIVOR” series for the past several years and has done very well with it. So I think that it is very good that He wants or would like to go onto different and better things with his life. GOOD LUCK JEFF !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Lils

    I think that it’s a good cause, and that it’s a good thing to help out people by giving them opportunities. Why is this such a bad idea?

  • thedude

    This idea’s pretty sick

  • DR

    At first glance, this does sound morbid, but hey, if it inspires another person to live every day like it’s their last one instead of sitting around waiting for life to happen, then it’s a good thing. Jeff Probst is experienced enough to handle this material with class. It’s not like the drafted Ryan Seacrest or Simon Cowell…

  • NineDaves

    is it just me, or does this sound like “no opportunity wasted” on the discovery channel, which is hosted by the amazing race’s phil keoghan. isn’t the premise of that show to give people money and three days to live out their dreams? hmmmm…

  • Doug

    Sounds like “Bucket List” to me…way to make an idea your own!

  • Isabelle

    I think this is a great idea. Kind of like “make a wish” for adults. I think that there are a lot of people out there that would participate, after all how many of us could afford to fulfill our “bucket lists” if we were told that we didn’t have long to live? I know that if I was given such a prognosis, there would be a lot of things that I would like to do, that normally I’m to scared to do.
    No Opportunity Wasted was for people trying to get over fears, totally different.

  • pinky

    ninedaves….. it’s just you
    For the people who have no choice knowing they are going to die what an oppurtunity to lift their spirits up one last time. feel occomplished in something. I would love to have a chance to do one last thing before I go.

  • Carlynn

    I think its a great idea. To live out your dream in a period of your life that otherwise seems depressing. I figure if its the end why not shake it up a bit and get crazy. What do you have to lose? And on someone else’s dime, well all the better!!!

  • greg l

    Jeff Probst sucks.

  • wishful thinking

    So… you have to be dying to have a wish/dream come true. Why not help those who just never “seem to get ahead” instead of the dying or down & out on Extreme Home Makeover. I have worked all my life for my children & grandchildren. No doubt work till I’m 80 yrs old for retirement benefits not going to keep me alive very long. Guess the average Joe/Josephine have to fend for themselves.

  • Barbara

    Sounds like he stole his idea from Phil Keoghan who does No Opportunity Wasted… Just my opinion.

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