How would you feel about entering a pitch-black room and feeling creepy unidentified objects for a cash prize? That's the premise of a new half-hour game show, Total Blackout, which was announced during Syfy's Digital Press Tour at a "surprise panel" where journalists were introduced to the show's host, Jaleel White (Family Matters), and the show's creator, Henrik Nielsen.
The series, which comes from FreemantleMedia North America, has an eight-episode order, announced Mark Stern, President of Original Content, Syfy, and Co-Head of Content for Universal Cable Productions.
Since the series hasn't started filming yet, a short promo was shown, and the audience in Orlando, Fla., was treated to a live version of the game that included four journalists and Eureka's Colin Ferguson, who gamely entered a pitch-black room guided by people with night goggles and were asked to feel inside three tanks and report what they thought was inside, only to be faced with a live snake, a teddy bear and a human foot.
The reactions of the audience, especially when it came to the snake's interest in the contestants, and to the contestants' reluctance to touch anything after realizing they'd been feeling up a snake, proved entertaining.
According to Stern: "Total Blackout brings to life, in a wonderfully clever, intense and funny way, what can happen when your imagination runs away with you. We're also very excited to be partnered with a company like FreemantleMedia, who are using their amazing expertise to make this show one that makes you gasp and laugh in the same breath."
There's been no decision on when the show will premiere, said Stern. As far as what the contestants will win, Stern would only say they'd receive a "cash prize."
Here's an interview with host White about the new show:
And here's the complete Syfy press release:
SYFY WILL BRING INTERNATIONAL HIT TOTAL BLACKOUT TO AMERICA IN 2012EIGHT EPISODE ORDER FOR NEW GAME SHOW FROM FREMANTLEMEDIA NORTH AMERICA (AMERICAN IDOL, THE X FACTOR)
ORLANDO - October 10, 2011 - Continuing the expansion of its popular unscripted programming, Syfy will bring the international hit Total Blackout - a half-hour game show which places contestants in complete darkness to compete in challenges -- to its prime time schedule in 2012, it was announced today by Mark Stern, President of Original Content, Syfy, and Co-Head of Content for Universal Cable Productions.
The eight episode order comes from FremantleMedia North America (American Idol, The X Factor, America's Got Talent).
Total Blackout will begin production in Los Angeles on October 18, and will be hosted by Jaleel White (Family Matters, Grown Ups).
Total Blackout is a comedic game show in which contestants battle each other and their fears in a series of challenges. However, there is a twist -- all the challenges are played in complete darkness. There are no lights, no blindfolds and no-holds barred as the players face their fears and unexpected surprises in a series of nerve-wracking games.
Said Stern: "Total Blackout brings to life, in a wonderfully clever, intense and funny way, what can happen when your imagination runs away with you. We're also very excited to be partnered with a company like FreemantleMedia, who are using their amazing expertise to make this show one that makes you gasp and laugh in the same breath."
"Total Blackout is one of the latest FremantleMedia formats to launch internationally and has enjoyed success in multiple countries, including Belgium, Denmark, Greece, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Russia, Sweden and the Ukraine," says Cecile Frot-Coutaz, Chief Executive Officer, FremantleMedia North America. "Total Blackout provides a 'play-in-the-dark' fun experience that offers viewers the rare opportunity to be thrilled and amused at the same time, and we are happy to bring it to the Syfy audience."
Total Blackout was created by Henrik Nielsen (Can You Duet?; Danish versions The X Factor, Got Talent and Pop Idol). Henrik Nielsen and Jeff Apploff (Million Dollar Money Drop, Don't Forget the Lyrics) serve as executive producers. Jack Martin (Who's Still Standing, Deal or No Deal) is co-executive producer.
Total Blackout joins Syfy's growing stable of popular unscripted series such as Face Off, Ghost Hunters, Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files, Hollywood Treasure, Haunted Collector and the latest hit, Paranormal Witness, as well as the upcoming Monster Man and Dream Machines.
About FremantleMedia North America
FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) is the U.S. production division of global media giant FremantleMedia. Based in Burbank, California, FMNA produces entertaining and innovative programs for network, cable, syndicated and online platforms, including the Emmy-nominated musical/reality phenomenon American Idol (FOX), America's Got Talent (NBC), Hole In The Wall (Cartoon Network), Let's Make A Deal (CBS), Family Feud (syn), The Price Is Right (CBS) and The X Factor (FOX).
Would you be game to see what happens when the lights go out?