Fear Factor Live headed to Universal parks on both coasts

Posted Monday, January 17, 2005 10:22 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Universal Studios announced that they will add Fear Factor Live to both of the US studio parks. The new shows will open in May. The show is the first attempt by the recently merged NBC-Universal at integrating one of the network's properties into the theme parks.

Read more from The Orlando Sentinel.

Monday, January 17, 2005 10:45 AM
Jeff's avatar I totally don't get the appeal to that show. Seeing the commercials, it seemed too absurd for anyone to watch it. Not even the hot Barbies have coaxed me into watching (which might be because I don't care to see them yack).
Monday, January 17, 2005 10:53 AM
Vater's avatar I agree. Some of the stunts they concoct look like fun, but I couldn't give two ****s about who wins and who doesn't. I guess that's why I don't watch reality TV. And the gross stuff is just...dumb.
Monday, January 17, 2005 11:28 AM
janfrederick's avatar It is annoying, but I know a lot of folks at work who have some sort of fascination with it.
Monday, January 17, 2005 11:35 AM
Lord Gonchar's avatar I catch the occasional show. Mostly because there is absolutely nothing else entertaining on at that time.

The mild fascination to me comes in the fact that people go on TV and absolutely humiliate themselves for a measly $50,000.

Since when did pride lose out to cash?

Monday, January 17, 2005 12:36 PM
Vater's avatar Since the invention of cash?
Monday, January 17, 2005 12:52 PM
Measly $50,000? I'm at a loss for words on what to do with that.

The show can be mildly entertaining; but the eating stuff is just wrong. Eating bull penis and fish eyes just doesn't appeal to me. I am curious to see how the show works. I'm assuming audience participation, but that sounds like a major liability.

Monday, January 17, 2005 12:54 PM
Ride of Steel's avatar 50,000 isn't alot of money for the stuff they do. I like the show ok, but I don't like the people who think they are all that because they can down big rectums without vomiting.

If they want money they should just try who wants to be a millionaire (if it's still on ;) ) but then again those kind of people probably aren't smart enough to win anyway

Monday, January 17, 2005 1:07 PM
Lord Gonchar's avatar $50,000 after taxes isn't anything. A mid-range car at best.

Then again, I was just involved in a discussion this past weekend where the consensus decided an $8 million dollar lottery winning probably wasn't enough to quit you job for (unless very savvy and lucky with investments and/or up there in age).

I guess it all depends on your views. You don't see $50,000 as measily and I don't think someone could quit their job at my age (31) if they won $8 million in the lottery.

Monday, January 17, 2005 1:25 PM
An $8 million winning lottery ticket would net an average of roughly $150,000/year over 30 years, AFTER taxes. I don't know for sure, but I think I could get by on that.

Obviously 150k in 2035 won't be that much, but half-a-brain investments would make that lotto ticket a ticket to immediate retirement.

But no, I'm not eating lamb sphincters for 50k.

Monday, January 17, 2005 1:58 PM
janfrederick's avatar Let's just say you could take a half a year off with the leftovers of the $50K. Hmmm...5 minutes of horror for 6 months off? Heck, imagine the coaster trip you could take with that! I wonder if you could hit every woodie in North America? I'll bet you could and then some. The price of that ticket is cheap.

Pride? What would you do normally for that amount of money? Play the trained monkey for your manager for a year? Hmmm...not a tough choice. I'd eat sphincters once a year for a living. Heck ya!

Monday, January 17, 2005 2:12 PM
Lord Gonchar's avatar Let's just say the number would have to be a lot higher to go on national TV and look like a complete tool. (I do it in the privacy of my home well enough)

Danimales, I guess it's a difference in rounding mentality. Of course this assumes a lump sum payment. $8 million becomes $4 million once the IRS gets their share. I'm 31, if I live an 'average' length life (no chance for me, but let's just play) - then I have another 40 years to go. That's $100,000.

Just for fun and dramatic effect, let's call it $99,999 (play along again, what's a $1?)

I could win a lump sum payment of $8 million dollars today and not even have 6 figures a year for the rest of my life. That may be enough to quit your job, depends on perspective. But it's certainly not life changing.

Under those circumstances, my friends/family pretty much agreed it wasn't enough to get you out of a regular job for the rest of your life.

(except for my Grandma - who is hilariously living in the past and claims she'd be independently wealthy and take care of the entire family if she won a million. :) )

Monday, January 17, 2005 2:33 PM
Back to Fear Factor...

I actually like the gross stunts the best. However I don't watch the show, for two reasons:

1) The host is *constantly* YELLING at the contestants. Why doesn't he use a megaphone? His voice is SO ANNOYING.

2) "Fear" should not be a factor in any of the stunts, considering you'd be wearing 100 lbs. worth of protective equipment and harnesses, and are surrounded by trained staff waiting to grab you at the first sign of trouble. I might be a little nervous walking a high wire across Las Vegas Boulevard, or whatever, but knowing I was securely harnessed, I wouldn't be "afraid" by any means. In fact, I might be a little disappointed if I made it across and missed out on the free bungee jumping. :)

Monday, January 17, 2005 3:40 PM
Mamoosh's avatar Prediction: the park version of the show won't last beyond the end if this year.
Monday, January 17, 2005 3:45 PM
Maybe there is a difference in opinion between age groups, but I would go on Fear Factor for $50,000. The first and third challenges are usually something that looks like something I would pay money to do. The 2nd round where you have to eat something incredibly nasty is the only deterant. After I'm out of college and actually making money I might change my tune, but right now when I'm just trying to figure out how to pay for this semester's rent it looks very appealing. It kind of sucks when your family is in a high enough tax bracket that you qualify for no government aid, yet your parents choose not to help out with paying for any of it.
Monday, January 17, 2005 5:21 PM
Remind me to go ride a coaster and skip this show.
Monday, January 17, 2005 5:27 PM
Moosh, is that because the concept of a Fear Factor show sucks or because GE might only have an interest in the park for another year?;) As for the show itself, I used to occasionally watch it but haven't seen it in couple of years. The appeal of the show for me used to be watching all the hot girls (who didn't look like they thought their crap stunk) have to eat all of that disgusting stuff. Pretty entertaining. Somebody must like the show though, as it has been NBC's most durable ratings winner over the last four years.
Monday, January 17, 2005 5:40 PM
The Mole's avatar Who wants to take bets on this thing lasting less than a year?
Monday, January 17, 2005 5:51 PM
I think that the show will do good. We are getting the opinion of a few people here with the same interest. There are millions of people out there who love this show, and would love to watch Fear Factor Live. Personally, I love it, I would do almost anything for $50,000.
Monday, January 17, 2005 5:59 PM
Am I the only one that would actually participate in this show? Depending on the prize of course. I think it would be cool to watch. If done right, I think it will be pretty popular.

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