How MTV’s ‘The Challenge’ Has Become A Global Phenomenon – Contenders TV: Docs + Unscripted

“People love watching other people, for some strange reason, do crazy things on TV.” he is Casey Clarkexplanation for why mtvlong running reality competition show challenge It has remained so popular since its launch in 1998. But Clark isn’t just a fan of the show; He is also a winner, having won season 37. spies, liars and allies version.

“It’s very concerning for a lot of people,” said Clarke, who won big brother 20 on CBS before jumping in to play challenge During season 35 (total madness) and season 36 (double agent) Clark, with longtime contestant Chris “Whistle” Tamburello, showrunner emer harkin and host TJ lovinContenders of Deadline joined the Television: Documentary + Unscripted awards-season event to discuss the show.

“It’s the weirdest thing. But I think with this sport, it’s very strategic,” she continued. “It’s hard not to be involved, and it’s been around for so long. So I mean, the show is doing something right. I like this. I absolutely love it.”

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And it is now a worldwide phenomenon. Harkin said challengebasically a byproduct of the real world And road rules, Now broadcast in many continents. The format is very simple: contestants compete against each other in various extreme challenges to avoid elimination. The winners get a cash prize.

“There’s a lot going on challenge universe,” said Harkin. “It has a cult following around the world, and our casting this season has reflected that. The show is literally expanding where we’re going to roll out the franchise to multiple continents beyond our flagships, which is clearly challenge Here in the states. Totally crazy. We are very excited. We are absolutely proud of our show. For me, our game is on another level. Our actors are on another level, Casey being a prime example. ,

Another example is tamburello, which is an alum of The Real World: Paris who has competed in many – and we mean that many – seasons challengeConcluding with his recent win (with Clarke) spies, liars and allies, His cash prizes have exceeded $1.3 million. He is one of the many reasons why fans return to the show again and again.

“I always say I got lucky,” Tamburello said. “I hit the lottery. I won a free tour, and mine lasted 15 minutes. I try not to think about how much I’ve done, but as I’ve gotten older, I’ve come to appreciate the show.” I feel like I grew up on television. I was 21, 22 when I started, and in July I’m going to be 42. To be able to watch myself grow over the years, I think I have changed for the better.

“What you appreciate about the show now is that I can watch so many people, including Kaysee, who have grown up [as competitors on the show], How do you raise the bar for 37 seasons in a row? I don’t know the magic answer, but I do know it gets bigger and bigger all the time.

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