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TV Notes: NBC to bring back reality hit, ‘Fear Factor’

Sun., June 5, 2011, midnight

NBC is reviving “Fear Factor,” the reality show that boasted challenges ranging from daring to gross.

“Fear Factor” aired on NBC from 2001 to 2006 with host Joe Rogan. The network said Thursday it’s ordered new episodes but didn’t announce an air date or whether Rogan would return.

Contestants, supervised by Hollywood stunt coordinators, will face challenges that test their endurance and mental resolve, NBC said.

In the previous version, that included eating bugs and other unusual menu items.

The network didn’t specify if the prize would be more than the $50,000 awarded in the original “Fear Factor.”

Emmy goes ‘Glee’

Get out the megaphone: “Glee” star Jane Lynch will host the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards, airing Sept. 18 on Fox.

Lynch, who stars as a megaphone-wielding cheerleading coach who bullies students on the hit Fox series about a high school glee club, has won her own Emmy and a Golden Globe for the role.

Says Lynch: “I’m looking forward to singing, dancing and sporting my finest tracksuit.”

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