Since the success of The Hunger Games (both the book and the movie that followed), it seems like the CW has been on the lookout for shows that involve young adults in survival situations. But so far, most of the projects have been of the scripted variety. Today the CW announced that they've ordered two new reality series, one of which is described as an "intense wilderness competition."
Executive produced by Ready for Love's David Garfinkle, Jay Renfroe and Greg Goldman, The Hunt is a competition series that will take place over a month and feature 12 teams of two who "are provided no food, water, or shelter, but must compete in a game where they'll rely on their physicality, survival skills, and hunting skills to endure their conditions, capture one another, and ultimately win a huge cash prize."
It actually sounds a bit like Survivor with a non-lethal Hunger Games twist when you factor in the capturing part. I'm going to assume that the CW will resume the tradition of targeting the younger demo by featuring mostly (if not entirely) younger contestants. Their announcement doesn't specify ages, however, nor does it mention a premiere date.
Given the number of survival-focused projects The CW has had its eye on this year (The Hundred, Sick, and even a possible Battle Royale series), moving forward with The Hunt seems like a step in a similar direction from the unscripted side of things.
The other reality series is Perfect Score, a dating game show that not only helps singles find their match, but also could earn them some cash.
In each half-hour episode, two friends compete to see who can pick their ideal mate from a group of 12 prospective singles, after both the players and the contestants have taken compatibility tests. These tests are used to assign cash values to each possible match, and the player who selects the most compatible single – with the highest cash value – wins the cash prize and the date!
This one comes from Scott St. John of America's Got Talent and Deal or No Deal. It sounds like it could be fun, with equal parts romance and financial incentive worked into the set-up.