The CW Orders a Hunger Game-y Survival Competition and Dating/Game Show Hybrid

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HungerGames_KatnissA (presumably) bloodless take on The Hunger Games and a dating show that places a dollar value on your prospective matches are now in the pipeline at The CW.

For starters, the network on Wednesday gave a green light to The Hunt, an hour-long competition series that takes place over the course of a month as 12 teams of two rely on their physicality, survival skills and hunting abilities to endure food-, water- and shelter-free conditions, capture one another (safely, kids!) and win a cash prize.

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Perfect Score, meanwhile, is a half-hour dating/game show hybrid in which two friends compete to see who can pick their “ideal mate” from a line-up of 12 singles. Thing is, each possible match has secretly been assigned a dollar value based on compatibility tests, so the closer you come to singling out your MFEO OTL, the more cold, hard cash you win to spend on your first date at Chipotle.

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Premiere timetables for these pickups will be announced at a later date.



Comments (38)

  • I cringe to think what “The Hunt” will look like on the CW’s budget.

    Comment by George – December 12, 2012 10:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So The Hunt is basically like Survivor but with teams of two?

    Comment by Adam – December 12, 2012 10:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Sadly, I will probably watch The Hunt.

    Comment by a – December 12, 2012 11:01 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • More shows no one will watch. When will The CW wake up?

    Comment by Jason – December 12, 2012 11:01 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Sounds more like a big game of capture the flag than Survivor to me…

    Comment by Lindsey – December 12, 2012 11:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So this is when our inevitable slide towards blood sport entertainment begins…

    Comment by KC – December 12, 2012 11:15 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • We can only hope. RUNNING MAN couldn’t have been wrong.

      Comment by Matt Webb Mitovich – December 12, 2012 11:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Two more garbage shows that will get cancelled after a few eps. It blows my mind that they can put out shows like Vampire Diaries, Supernatural, & Arrow which are really great shows but then they turn around & take the $$$ those shows make them & throw it away on garbage like this. Its like half the people im charge are geniuses & the other half are drooling morons, get your s**t together CW!

    Comment by Christina Sherwood – December 12, 2012 11:40 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • These will probably be enormously successful appealing to the reality idiot base and force lower rated but vastly superior shows like Nikita, Beauty & the Beast, and Hart of Dixie off the air. And I thought CW was dragging the bottom of the barrel with Carrie Diaries.

    Comment by Renee – December 12, 2012 11:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Does this strike anyone else as odd considering the point of The Hunger Games was to show how society can become detached from reality through watching stuff like this? The idea for the book came to the author when she was flipping back and forth between a reality show and coverage of the war in Afghanistan. The folks at the CW seem to have really missed the point…

    Comment by Anna – December 12, 2012 11:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • My thoughts EXACTLY!!! I was gonna say the same thing.. The Hunger Games was created, having in mind that something like that isn’t as far and odd as we might wanna think. And then the IDIOTS at CW order a show like that..

      Comment by Z. – December 12, 2012 02:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I thought they were also going to pick up a screenplay from The Selection by Keira Cass with Aimee Teegarden in lead – what happened to that?

    Comment by Juli – December 12, 2012 11:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • They ordered a pilot but didn’t pick it up to series. Which makes sense considering 2/3 of the trilogy won’t be out for a while.

      Comment by Andie – December 12, 2012 12:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I heard they declined the pilot, but are still interested in it. CW wants the pilot reworked. Everyone casted was out except Aimee. Haven’t heard everything else.

      Comment by lll – December 12, 2012 01:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • ^ anything else.

        Comment by lll – December 12, 2012 01:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The hunt sounds like Endurance the tv show on discovery kids

    Comment by Mick – December 12, 2012 11:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The Hunger Games (which in itself ripped off the far superior, Battle Royale and Running Man) was a bad and convoluted movie which shied away from the social commentary it set out to make in order to appease the masses. It was bloodless as well, i.e barely anybody was killed on screen and those who were, didn’t have much blood gushing out of them. So, I think the show will actually do fine considering so many people are delusional and think its actually a good movie. All said, I’ll give the show a chance. It might surprise me.

    Comment by John – December 12, 2012 11:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • You do know it was based off a book right?

      Comment by Jason – December 12, 2012 03:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • did you actually read The Hunger Games and Battle Royale? they’re actually quite different.

      Comment by kate – December 12, 2012 05:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Whoah, that headline totally had me thinking we were in for a ‘hunger games/dating show’ hybrid, which would really have been something… “I’ve met both of your families, and I really feel a connection to both of you girls. I just can’t decide who to give this rose to. So – time for a battle match to the death!”.
    *
    Honestly though, “The Hunt” sounds all well and good, but it should NOT be compared by anyone (including CW) to the Hunger Games. It’s not being run by an oppressive regime (Well, your view of CW is up to you) who are forcing kids to kill each other. And it really isn’t a good marketing strategy to compare it to such a contest.

    Comment by ben – December 12, 2012 12:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • but it IS like the Hunger Games! No matter who it is run by, you cannot deny the similarities! “12 teams of two enter a fenced-in enclosure in the middle of the wilderness, also called the Arena, where they must reside for a month.[3] The contestants have limited food, water or shelter provided and rely on their survival skills as they work to discover resources.[1] Each team attempts to secure its place in the competition by “capturing” the competitors. The winning team wins the grand prize of $250,000.[4]
      The playing area is 4,000 acres surrounded by a 10 mile electronic fence. Each episode a hunting team is selected at random. The hunting team attempts to capture one of the other teams by placing a disc called a “talon” on the vest of a prey team. The hunting team wears grey vests while all other teams wear black vests. Hunts last for 4 hours or until a team is captured. If the hunting team captures 2 teams (1 on each day) then the remaining teams vote which captured team to eliminate. If the hunting team captures only 1 team then that team or the hunters will be eliminated. If the hunters capture no teams they are eliminated. Prey teams must remain on the move because if they remain stationary for 3 minutes their location becomes visible on the hunt team’s radar. All teams wear an electronic device on their arm that displays a map with their current location. Teams receive warnings when the hunt team is “in pursuit” of a prey team and when 5 minutes remain in the hunt.
      Each night teams get a limited amount of food and water and sleep in tents. Voting is done openly and ends as soon as a team has a majority of votes.” Source: Wikipedia.

      Comment by olive clear – August 13, 2013 07:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Another example of what happens when no one watches the scripted shows. Can’t bel;ieve people watch this crap.

    Comment by Boiler – December 12, 2012 12:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Me either.

      Comment by Renee – December 12, 2012 12:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Saw one too many reality tv shows, I assume?
      Technically, people haven’t watched this. It hasn’t even begun production yet.

      Comment by LOL – December 12, 2012 12:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Oh great, more money wasted on TV shows we DON’T need.

    Comment by Get It – December 12, 2012 12:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Where can I apply?

    Comment by Jacob – December 12, 2012 02:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Here’s hoping it tanks!

    Comment by Tee – December 12, 2012 03:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Looks like they figured out that the Battle Royale scripted series they were touting awhile back, wouldn’t work out. Thing is, this will either 1) Get yanked before it airs, or after one episode after bad publicity (ala the one with the kids on their own) or 2) Be a big hit.

    Comment by znachki – December 12, 2012 03:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I imagine these will be summer shows.Either way,horrible!

    Comment by Shaun – December 12, 2012 04:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The CW is going off the rails. This sounds awful. When Supernatural ends its run, I doubt I tune in for anything they do ever again.

    Comment by kate – December 12, 2012 05:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Uh, yeah, to second what others have said, I think that if this show is supposed to based on a “Hunger Games” competition sort of thing, then the people who pitched it clearly don’t understand the story.

    It has to deal with the changing nature of “reality”, using it for entertainment, and society’s desensitization to truly horrible “real” things. The fact that we enjoy the books/movie so much is almost ironic enough. We don’t need a TV show that totally misses the point.

    Comment by Katie – December 12, 2012 08:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Uh, to second what others have said, if this show really is supposed to be based on a “Hunger Games” type competition, then the people at CW who pitched it clearly don’t understand the story.

    It deal with things like the constructed nature of “reality” especially for entertainment, desensitization of society, etc – the commentary on the “reality TV” aspect is not really a positive one. The fact that we enjoyed the books/movie so much is ironic enough.
    A show like this proposed one totally misses the point.

    Comment by Katie – December 12, 2012 09:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • …uh, website. Feel free to ignore my double post. It wasn’t showing in error before and I typed the whole thing again. -_-

      Comment by Katie – December 12, 2012 09:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • CW just can’t seem to accept that their reality shows are terrible and always get canceled, with the exception of ANTM, which should have ended quite a few seasons ago. Stick with shows like Arrow, Nikita, Supernatural, TVD, or you’ll never be taken seriously.

    Comment by Mikael – December 13, 2012 10:02 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I absolutely love this tv show! I think it’s one of the best one out now! Hope they make a season 2

    Comment by luana – December 27, 2012 10:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • how do you audition for the hunt?!?!

    Comment by lauren – January 19, 2013 12:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I just want to say one more thing. If you love SURVIVOR or THE AMAZING RACE. Then I’m sure you’ll love this. It sounds like the love child of both but the “Hunger Games” element is just eliminating teams by out witting and out surviving to stay ahead of the game. It sounds interesting and I think they market it as “hunger games” so hunger game audiences will be intrigued. STOP BEING SO DAMN DRAMATIC!!!! Lol.

    It’s a competition show. NO ONE IS DYING. THERE WILL NEVER BE A SHOW LIKE THE ACTUAL HUNGER GAMES (NO ONE WILL LET THAT HAPPEN).

    SO STOP BEING SO DAMN DRAMATIC

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    Comment by Carlien – April 16, 2013 03:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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