Fox’s ‘Kicking & Screaming’: That about captures it
The show will have to fight to make an impact in its tough timeslot
March 9, 2017
One in a series of Media Life previews of the new shows debuting at midseason.
Fox’s “Kicking & Screaming”
Thursdays at 9 p.m.
It pairs 10 survivalists with 10 pampered divas whose idea of roughing it is using two forks instead of three at dinner.
They’ll face wild animals, hunger and extreme weather as they compete for the $500,000 prize.
The series, hosted by “New Girl’s” Hannah Simone, comes from Matt Kunitz (“Fear Factor,” “Wipeout”).
“Screaming” has a lot of strikes against it.
The show’s biggest issue is that it airs on a night, Thursday, where Fox has not had any recent traction.
Everything it’s programmed there since “American Idol” left the air has struggled, and there’s little reason to think “Screaming” will be different.
Plus, new reality shows have not fared well on broadcast in recent years. Though viewers still love older, established unscripted series such as “The Bachelor” and “The Voice,” few new ones have done anything of note.
What media people say
Buyers are unimpressed with “Screaming.”
“Typical Fox reality show with the bold twist,” says one. “I don’t see it doing much against CBS’s comedies and ABC’s ‘Scandal.’”
What critics say about ‘Screaming’
“’Kicking & Screaming’ is the brainchild of executive producer Matt Kunitz, who created ‘Wipeout’ and ‘Fear Factor.’ Combine those two ideas and it will be no surprise that the tougher the challenge on ‘Kicking & Screaming,’ the better the TV.” – Susan Pierce, Chattanooga Times Free Press
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