(Posted July 27, 2005 by Leah Yoakum)
Under the headline, "Been Deployed? Eat Bugs? NBC Wants You," The U.S. Army newspaper Stars and Stripes put out the word Tuesday that NBC is looking for active-duty soldiers who have been to Iraq to be featured in a special episode of Fear Factor, which it called, "the weekly gut check." The newspaper said that the show, which is searching for "guy-girl couples" who need not necessarily be romantically involved to participate in the show, which will be taped over a three-week period in November on an aircraft carrier in Oakland, CA. Executive producer Matt Kunitz indicated that the "military challenges" the couples will be asked to perform are currently being developed by a new stunt department. Kunitz noted that Military Fear Factor will amount to a fun way for the show to tip its hat to members of all of the services and give them a special shot at the $50,000 prize and other rewards. Further details about applying are posted at www.nbc.com/Fear_Factor/apply_military.shtml.