For its next reality show, NBC is heading to space — literally.
The Peacock has announced a deal for “Space Race,” a competition series from Mark Burnett’s One Three Media. Program will allow everyday people to compete for a chance to win a trip to space with Sir Richard Branson’s VirginGalactic, the first commercial spaceline. The elimination challenges and winner’s trip to space will all be captured on camera.
“The scope of this endeavor is so staggering, that it took these two titans to even imagine it,” said Paul Telegdy, President of Alternative and Late Night Programming, NBC Entertainment. “The term ‘trip of a lifetime’ has for once been delivered on! This will be a remarkable experience for anyone who has looked at the night’s sky and dared to dream of Space Flight.”
“For the past ten years I have relentlessly pursued my dream of using a TV show to give an everyday person the chance to experience the black sky of space and look down upon mother Earth,” said executive producer Mark Burnett. “Last year I spent time in New Mexico at the state of the art facility and last week spent time in the Mojave desert with Sir Richard and his impressive team. We got to see the spaceship up close and hear of Sir Richard’s incredible vision of how Virgin Galactic is the future of private space travel. I am thrilled to be part of a series that will give the everyday person a chance to see space and that NBC has come on board too so that viewers at home will have a first class seat.”
The ambitious unscripted project continues to fortify Burnett’s relationship with the net, which includes singing competition “The Voice” and his follow up to History miniseries “The Bible.” Burnett also tried to develop a space competition program titled “Destination Mir” with the Peacock over a decade ago, but it never saw production after the Mir space station was shut down.
One Three Media will be distributing ‘Space Race’ at the upcoming MIPCOM TV market in Cannes.