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Fox Orders Survival Competition Series From ‘Wipeout’ Producer, Lionsgate TV

Fox has ordered “Kicking and Screaming,” a new eight-episode unscripted survival competition series, to air in 2016, Variety has learned.

The show teams 10 expert survivalists with pampered partners to face the toughest race of their lives, dropping the unlikely duos in a forbidding wilderness where they must overcome dangerous animals, raging rivers, hunger and extreme weather. While these survivalists are accustomed to fending for themselves, their privileged partners aren’t so prepared. “Kicking and Screaming” hails from executive producer Matt Kunitz (“Wipeout,” “Fear Factor”), in association with Lionsgate Television.

“We’re delighted to venture into the wilderness with Fox and Matt Kunitz as our partners,” said Lionsgate Television Group Chairman Kevin Beggs. “’Kicking and Screaming’ has all the earmarks of an important new brand for Lionsgate Television. Matt is a singular creative voice, Fox is the ideal partner and ‘Kicking and Screaming’ is the perfect property to continue building our momentum in unscripted television.”

“I’ve always been fascinated by the survival space, so I am excited to infuse a touch of comedy into a traditionally dramatic genre and to get to do it on Fox, the home of competition reality series,” added Kunitz. “I am pleased to be producing this series in association with Lionsgate, a studio known for stand-out, brand-defining shows, which is perfect for the conflict, heart and humor viewers will see in ‘Kicking and Screaming.’”

Produced by Pulse Creative’s Kunitz, in association with Lionsgate Television, “Kicking and Screaming” is created by Kunitz, David Shumsky and Mark Harris, and executive produced by Kunitz and Anthony Dominici. Rebecca Shumsky Quinn developed the project and is a co-executive producer, along with Shumsky and Harris.

Fox has a number of other unscripted series in development, including a reality dating series from Mark Burnett and a military-inspired competition show hosted by John Cena.

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