'Fear Factor' explosive first photos and premiere date revealed -- EXCLUSIVE


EW has found NBC’s secret Fear Factor plans! We had to break into a Van Nuys warehouse and dig through a plexiglass box filled with spiders, but at the bottom we scored the network’s scheduling strategy for the return of the classic reality hit, plus the first photos of the revamped show.

Fear Factor will have a two-hour premiere on Monday, Dec. 12 — taking over the slot after The Sing Off concludes on Dec. 5. Producers have promised a more spectacular edition of the show that takes advantage of modern stunt technology, plus it’s in HD for the first time. Also on board is the show’s original sarcastic host, Joe Rogan (who in the above pic looks more surly than ever).

“The fans of the original show are not going to be disappointed and Rogan is exactly the same — it’s classic, it looks amazing,” says Paul Telegdy, NBC’s president of alternative and late night programming. “I had forgotten why this show has the best title in TV — fear is a primal instinct that you rarely see engaged on television.”

Contestants will once again compete for a $50,000 prize, and face stunts with titles like “Towering Inferno” and the “Helicopter TNT Crash.” NBC has ordered eight initial episodes.

But we promised you photos, right? First here’s another one of a contestant getting, it appears, exploded. Then there’s three more on the second page.


NEXT: MORE FEAR FACTOR PICS, including gross-out challenge involving black goo and scorpions

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  • lisa g.

    Haha I used to like this show. Will be interesting to see if It’s entered into lame-ville.

    • Maggie

      I have a new fear factor contest. Marrying my exhusband for a month. God.

      • wow


      • harry

        LOL! is that how long you were married for?

      • James Freud

        You probably weren’t a walk in the park as well, honey.

  • yep

    definitely will watch or DVR this..wonder how it will do in the Ratings..

    • debbie

      the ratings will be great…i have missed fear factor and watch all the old shows

  • zoidberg


  • Tryone Biggins

    “I’m gonna tell you something you may not know about me Joe Rogan….I smoke rocks…”

    • tj

      Don’t forget he slept in a box full of worms for the whole night. “Hot sauce of a bull penis. Tastes great.”

      • Stacie

        I can’t eat all of ‘em.

    • Darrell

      LMAO….I was waiting on you Ty Biggins!

  • Moreau

    In the first pic, Rogan looks like he’s auditioning for a Michael Bay movie…

  • Peter Demano

    Yay! The garbage reality show that paved the way for all the crap programming we have on today. Thanks Joe!

    • Adrian


      • @Adrian

        Don’t be so hard on yourself.

    • Poo

      Peter Demano is garbage.

      • @Poo

        And you are poo. yuck!

    • Jeremy

      Blame the real world for that, not this show.

    • Liz

      Blame MTV not this!!

    • Big James

      That would be Survivor in 2000 (FF 2001)

  • Natas tmc


  • Conspikuos

    “Cool guys don’t look at explosions!”

    • Heather

      This ^!!

  • Mark

    Yes!!!! Fear Factor rocks. I can’t wait. The fall season just got better.

  • Shessy

    Pls wot time is fear factor aired on e.tv(dstv) nd how many times in a week is it aird?

  • Andrew

    Joe Rogan must be returning as the host because he needs the money. He said he didn’t really like hosting the show.

    • Ben

      He’s not doing it because he needs the money, he’s doing it because it’s easy money.

    • Liz

      Doesn’t need the money get’s enough from stand-up and UFC!

  • joe in SM

    NBC’s track record isn’t that good. This show was a pioneer when it first premiered; now it’s just a louder version of its former self. We’ve been there, seen that. I’ll pass. I get the feeling that others will do the same. Remember kids, NBC = Nothing But Crap.

    • Rob

      Has it aired yet?

    • Shellyyy

      Next to Be Cancelled!

      • me


  • vicky swanepoel

    I just love to watch Fear Factor, because of you and then the entertainment! Thanks for a COOL show!

  • Jay M

    cant wait to see the new stunts are going to be insane! Joe’s podcast is the best son!

  • BAS

    Joe Rogan is the man!

    • vicky swanepoel

      Yes, Joe is the man!

    • vicky swanepoel

      In the first pic, Joe looks like 007. Ha ha ha! I think he is cut out for a James Bond movie!

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