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CBS Greenlights Real-Life Manhunt Competition Series ‘Hunted’

CBS has given the greenlight to a real-life manhunt in new reality competition series “Hunted.”

The one-hour unscripted show challenges participants to go on the run, as some of the world’s most highly skilled investigators and trackers pursue them in a nation-wide manhunt.

Hunted” is described as giving ordinary people to impossible task of disappearing in today’s digital world, while professionals combine state-of-the-art tracking methods with traditional tactics to find them doing whatever it takes from searching the targets’ homes, scouring the internet and tapping into cell phone histories to identify behavioral patterns that will lead to clues and potential hiding places, ultimately leading to capture.

“Hunted,” hailing from Endemol Shine North America, is based on the format of the UK show of the same name, which was created by Shine TV. Across the pond, the show premiered this month on Channel 4 and debuted to strong ratings, especially among young adults, according to CBS.

“‘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 of CBS Entertainment. “It combines the suspense of a crime drama with the thrill of a competition reality series and some very topical social issues.”

 

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