New CBS Reality Show Is Like Hunger Games Without The Murder
How real is too real?
If you've ever wondered if you could survive on the lam, then CBS's newest reality show, Hunted, will probably be right up your alley. Based on the U.K. reality show of the same name, the series will follow ordinary individuals as they try to disappear from modern society. Trained investigators will be hot on their tails the entire time, utilizing "state-of-the-art tracking methods" (like checking browser history and grilling friends and loved ones) in an effort to capture the contestant. And audiences at home will be able to watch every moment of it.
“It combines the suspense of a crime drama with the thrill of a competition reality series and some very topical social issues," CBS said in a statement.
Those social issues being, of course, the pervasiveness of modern surveillance. CBS is putting a creative spin on what's now become common questions of our generation: How can anyone disappear in a world where we willingly record our every thought and log every action using Facebook statuses and Twitter timelines? Is anonymity truly a possibility anymore?
CBS expects to pull in a young audience with this one, and considering how well teen action thrillers like The Maze Runner and the Divergent series are doing, it's a reasonable expectation. Huffington Post has billed Hunted as "The Hunger Games IRL," though we're guessing they're referring more to the fugitive-Katniss storyline, and not the whole 'forcing children to fight to the death' thing.
Hunted sounds like basically one big live action role-playing experience, turned up to like, 11, which honestly sounds pretty awesome. If pretending you're in The Bourne Identity sounds like a dream come true for you, you're in luck: according to EW.com, CBS is still casting for the show, with details expected to be released some time in the future.