'Fear Factor' Lives Again at NBC

Fear Factor Still 2011

Fear Factor

The reality competition series will be updated and move away from its gross-out roots.

NBC and Endemol USA are reviving Fear Factor.

The reality competition series that pitted contestants against one another competing for a cash prize of $50,000, will be rebooted and updated, sources confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.

While it is still in the early stages, the intention is not to make the series extremely gross -- where contestants eat such things as worms and spiders.

The original series, an adaptation of the Dutch version Now or Neverland, originally bowed on the network in summer 2001 and ran for six cycles with host Joe Rogan. A host for the reboot has not been named.

The series was pulled during its revamped sixth season in 2006 when it struggled in head-to-head competition with Fox’s American Idol. During its NBC run from summer 2001 to 2006, Fear Factor averaged 11.5 million viewers and a 5.0 rating in the adults 18-49 demo.

Fear Factor, which was the first reality series to be syndicated, currently airs Saturday nights on NBCUniversal's horror and suspense cable network Chiller.

Reality Blurred first reported the news.

Philiana Ng contributed to this report.