11:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
CBS Orders Manhunt Reality Competition Series 'Hunted'
CBS is ready to go on the hunt.
The network, already home to The Amazing Race and Survivor, has ordered reality competition series Hunted.
The series is based on the U.K. format created and produced by Shine TV in which participants are challenged to go on the run as the world's most highly skilled investigators and trackers pursue them in a nationwide manhunt.
Endemol Shine North America will produce the CBS incarnation.
"Hunted is a compelling new alternative series format, which our alternative department had been tracking for a while, that feels tailor made for CBS," new CBS Entertainment president Glenn Geller said. "It combines the suspense of a crime drama with the thrill of a competition reality series and some very topical social issues."
The series debuted to strong ratings in September in the U.K., with CBS touting its young adult viewership. Details on an episode count, premiere date and how to participate will be announced later.
The news comes as unscripted fare has been struggling to launch a new format following ratings declines for stalwarts including The Voice, Dancing With the Stars and American Idol, the latter of which will conclude this season. Broadcast networks have turned to game shows and more uplifting fare (a la MasterChef Junior) and proven franchises like Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?
For its part, CBS has found proven success with reality competition staples Survivor (renewed through its 31st season) and The Amazing Race (picked up through season 27).
Check out a trailer for the U.K.'s Hunted below.