CBS has ordered a new reality series, Hunted, produced by Endimol Shine North America, the same production company behind reality properties like Big Brother and The Biggest Loser. The new U.S. order is based on a UK series of the same name.
Here’s the CBS press release:
IF YOU HAD TO DISAPPEAR TOMORROW, COULD YOU? CBS ORDERS “HUNTED,” A NEW ALTERNATIVE SERIES WHERE PARTICIPANTS GO ON THE RUN TO EVADE CAPTURE BY SKILLED INVESTIGATORS
CBS has ordered HUNTED, a new one-hour alternative series where participants are challenged to go on the run as some of the world’s most highly skilled investigators and trackers pursue them in a nationwide manhunt. The series is being developed for broadcast based on the format of the UK show, which was created and produced by Shine TV. The new CBS series will be produced by Endemol Shine North America.
“HUNTED is a compelling new alternative series format, which our Alternative department had been tracking for a while, that feels tailor-made for CBS,” said Glenn Geller, President, CBS Entertainment. “It combines the suspense of a crime drama with the thrill of a competition reality series and some very topical social issues.”
HUNTED follows ordinary people attempting the nearly impossible task of disappearing in today’s vast digital world, as professional investigators combine state-of-the-art tracking methods with traditional tactics to narrow down the search area. From searching their target’s home and scouring Internet and cell phone histories to identifying behavioral patterns, they look for clues to potential hiding places and collaborators that can ultimately lead to capture.
HUNTED premiered to strong ratings this month, especially among young adults, on Channel 4 in the UK.
Information regarding premiere date and how to apply to be a participant will be announced at a later date.
What do you think? Would you watch this show? If you’ve watched the UK version, how is it?